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Best universities for psychology degrees in Canada 2024

Explore the top universities in Canada for psychology degrees using data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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November 7 2023
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Top 6 universities in Canada for psychology

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Canada psychology rank 2024  Psychology rank 2024  University City
1  10  University of Toronto Toronto
2  17  University of British Columbia Vancouver
3  28  McGill University Montreal
=4  101–125  Simon Fraser University Burnaby
=4  101–125  University of Waterloo Waterloo
=4  101–125  Western University London

Canada is a popular study destination for international students because of the number of high-quality universities and lower tuition fees compared with other anglophone countries.

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The benefits of studying psychology in Canada include access to some of the world’s best research institutions, reasonable living costs and the opportunity to experience life in a multicultural society.

As for post-degree prospects, psychologists are in high demand in Canada, and are also among the highest paid workers in the country in 2020. For international students, there are also multiple options for staying and working in the country after graduating.

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3. McGill University

McGill University is the oldest university in Montreal and one of just three English-language universities in Quebec.

The first psychology course was taught at McGill in 1850 by W. T. Leach, and the first psychological laboratory was established in 1910 by William Dunlop Tait.

Psychology at McGill is offered as either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science programme and as a joint programme across both. Students within each of these courses have the opportunity to study across a range of courses including the psychology of bilingualism, health psychology and hormones and behaviour. Students are also given the opportunity to conduct their own research projects.

The graduate programme admits about 100 students and offers tracks in both clinical and experimental psychology.

The McGill Psychology Students’ Association organises a range of academic events, lecture series and social events throughout the year for psychology students. The group even publishes a journal of undergraduate research.

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2. University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a public research university which was established in 1908.

Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors at UBC, with students choosing either the bachelor of arts or the behavioural neuroscience programme.

Students will begin their course by studying an introduction to the discipline. From the second and third years, students will be able to specialise in courses such as psychology of sport and cultural psychology.

The master's in psychology is a 24-month programme that requires all students to complete a thesis and present it at the university’s annual Psychfest.

Research is focused around several major areas in the field: behavioural neuroscience, clinical, cognitive science, quantitative methods, developmental, health, and social psychology.

Each year, UBC’s psychology department partners with the Psychology Students’ Association to host events ranging from faculty-student socials, workshops on CV writing and career building, to panels on pursuing graduate studies.

1. University of Toronto

The University of Toronto’s department of psychology offers a broad bachelor of science degree designed to give students a foundation across the entire discipline.

Alongside this general grounding, the University of Toronto continuously updates the psychology curriculum to incorporate new research and address new challenges in the field, including neuro-ethics and intergroup relations.

The undergraduate Psychology Students’ Association is made up of a group of elected students with many roles, including serving as a liaison between staff and students and providing a social network.

The unified graduate programme in psychology at the University of Toronto is conducted across all three of its campuses: Mississauga, Scarborough and St George. Adjunct faculty from associated hospitals and institutions participate in the programme and supervise graduate students.

Top universities in Canada for psychology degrees 2024

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2024 results. 

Canada psychology rank 2024  Psychology rank 2024  University City
1  10  University of Toronto Toronto
2  17  University of British Columbia Vancouver
3  28  McGill University Montreal
=4  101–125  Simon Fraser University Burnaby
=4  101–125  University of Waterloo Waterloo
=4  101–125  Western University London
=7  126–150  University of Calgary Calgary
=7  126–150  McMaster University Hamilton
=7  126–150  University of Ottawa Ottawa
=7  126–150  York University Toronto
=11  151–175  Dalhousie University Halifax
=11  151–175  University of Montreal Montreal
=11  151–175  Queen’s University Kingston
=14  176–200  University of Alberta Edmonton
=14  176–200  Université Laval Quebec City
=14  176–200  Université du Québec Quebec City
=17  201–250  University of Regina Regina
=17  201–250  University of Victoria Victoria
=19  251–300  Carleton University Ottawa
=19  251–300  Concordia University Montreal
=21  301–400  University of Guelph Guelph
=21  301–400  University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon
=21  301–400  Toronto Metropolitan University Toronto
=21  301–400  University of Windsor Windsor
=25  401–500  Lakehead University Ontario
=25  401–500  Memorial University of Newfoundland Newfoundland and Labrador
=27  501–600  University of Lethbridge Lethbridge
=27  501–600  University of New Brunswick UNB Fredricton
=27  501–600  Ontario Tech University Ontario

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