Cognitive, Developmental and Brain Sciences Program Requirements

Psychology Department Graduate Training Module in Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences

The new area, called Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences, merges the Cognition and Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience Areas, and the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience component of the Developmental Area.

1. Members

Faculty: The combined area has approximately 30 faculty members, including those who are less than 100% in psychology (e.g., joint appointments).

Graduate students: Currently ~51 MSc and PhD students are members.

2. Graduate student selection

New graduate students are selected by a faculty supervisor, and admitted contingent upon approval by the department Graduate Selection committee.

The selection process is co-ordinated by the Area Chair (or delegate) in consultation with area members. Concerns about the number of students supervised by individual faculty members will be handled by the Associate Chair (Graduate Affairs) and the Graduate Affairs Committee.  

3. Graduate Supervisory Committees

Please reference the departmental guidelines on supervisory committees.  


4. Course Requirements

MSc 

For CDBS students, part of fulfilling the department-wide requirements of 2.0 courses includes taking 0.5 credits of Area Pro Seminar. In addition to these department-wide requirements, CDBS students are required to take the CDBS Seminar/Brownbag with 0.5 credit per year (1.0 total).

Area Pro Seminar:

First year students only (MSc or PhD). This seminar course will be led by a course co-ordinator, who will invite different faculty members from the area to talk about an issue in their research field and engage students in a discussion of the topic based on assigned readings. Every faculty member in the area will be expected to participate approximately every other year.

Seminar/Brownbag

Students are expected to present their research (or a proposal) once per year, to attend regularly, and to submit feedback on other students’ presentations. The seminar will be one hour per week over the academic year, and is worth 0.5 credits. Students will get specific feedback on their presentation and a pass/fail grade in the course. Faculty will also be expected to attend regularly. Students who complete their MSc research in 1 year can have .5 of this credit waived.


PhD 

Students who have not completed the statistics/design requirement or the pro-seminar will need to take those.

In addition to the department-wide requirements, CDBS students must take 2.0 credits of Seminar/Brownbag. 

Students are expected to present their research (or a proposal) once per year, to attend regularly, and to submit feedback on other students’ presentations. The seminar will be one hour per week over the academic year, and is worth 0.5 credits. Students will get specific feedback on their presentation and a pass/fail grade in the course. Faculty will also be expected to attend regularly. Students who complete their PhD research in 3 years can have .5 of these credits waived.

Additional courses may be required by the student's Advisory Committee to prepare the student for the comprehensive examination and/or to provide background for the student's particular area of research.

5. Comprehensive Examinations

Please see Department-wide requirements.