UBC’s Department of Psychology is a top ranked research department in Canada and in the world. Graduate students form an integral part of the department’s research and teaching activities, representing the future of psychology research and discovery. Our 58 faculty members and 132 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conduct research across the spectrum of psychology representing these sub-disciplinary specializations: Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive Science, Developmental, Health, Quantitative Methods, and Social/Personality.

The strength of our graduate programs lie in the highly productive research faculty, well-organized programs of study, extensive opportunities for student-faculty interaction, and rich offering of research specializations. Our faculty are well known for their research expertise in happiness, language acquisition, gambling, child development, hoarding disorders, perfectionism, gender roles, environmental behaviour, and neuroscience. Our research programs are well funded by major national granting agencies, and our faculty are committed to research excellence and interdisciplinary collaborations within UBC’s Faculties of Medicine, Science and Arts, the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and many other institutions around the world.


Each year, the Department of Psychology accepts a total of 15-20 graduate students (MA and PhD students) from approximately 250 applicants. Admissions requirements to the Graduate Program in Psychology can be found on the Admissions Information and Application Procedures page. Please refer to our FAQ page for additional admissions-related information.

All applicants are encouraged to apply for funding and awards. Information on funding opportunities, including those available to international students, can be found on the Awards & Funding page.

Visit UBC’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more information on graduate studies at UBC, including additional information on Awards & Funding, UBC resources for graduate students, and the cost of living in Vancouver.