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Our psychology graduate programs have a strong research focus. You’ll become a scientist-practitioner who uses research and evidence-based evaluations and treatments. You can study one of five specialty areas:

  • Cognition and Brain Sciences (including an accelerated option)
  • Lifespan Health and Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology (specializing in Lifespan Development or Neuropsychology)
  • Individualized programs

In these degrees you’ll gain the skills to conduct and communicate research findings. You’ll learn practical job skills, like how to work in a cooperative research environment. You'll complete your education through practical experience in professional psychology.

Degree programs offered

The clinical psychology graduate program is CPA accredited and based on the scientist-practitioner model. It’s a crucial step toward your PhD in Clinical Psychology. Your research thesis will focus on either lifespan psychology or neuropsychology.

The MSc degree program is designed to give you extensive professional research training. You'll improve your professional writing and analytical skills as you create your thesis. You’ll engage with faculty-supervised research in one of the following areas:

  • Cognition and Brain Sciences (e.g., embodied cognition, memory, visual perception)
  • Social Psychology (e.g., interpersonal relationships, motivation, personality)
  • Lifespan Health and Development (e.g., early development, aging, self-regulation)
  • Individualized option (e.g., environmental psychology)

The PhD in Clinical Psychology will prepare you for clinical practice, or academic and/or research careers. You’ll receive core training in the following areas of psychology:

  • Social, developmental, biological, and cognitive bases of human behaviour
  • Psychological assessment
  • Diagnosis, intervention and prevention
  • Psychopathology
  • Ethics and professional issues
  • Cultural diversity
  • Research methods and evaluation
  • Supervision and consultation

You’ll complete candidacy exams and prepare a dissertation based on your research. After you defend your dissertation, you’ll complete a one-year clinical residency.

The psychology PhD is research-intensive and focuses on the creation of a dissertation. You’ll gain professional research training that will help you gain a career in academia or as a researcher. The PhD program provides advanced training in the following areas of specialization:

  • Cognition and Brain Sciences
  • Lifespan Health and Development
  • Social Psychology
Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MSc 2 years Yes No
PhD 4-5 years Yes No
PhD in clinical psychology 5-6 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognition and Brain Sciences
  • Lifespan Health and Development
  • Social Psychology

Find a supervisor

Psychology MSc and PhD applicants don’t need a supervisor to apply for admission. However, you should list at least 2 potential supervisors in your application. Supervisors make the final decisions on admission for eligible applicants. See our list of supervisors accepting students for the next September entry.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: apply by December 1 for September entry.

Applicants should remember that the TOEFL (if needed) takes time to process. Score reports must be submitted along with the application by December 1.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

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Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-6109.

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