“To develop and disseminate knowledge in psychology, emphasizing areas of relevance to the North, especially the understanding of human health, human development, and social well-being.”
Undergraduate Program Description
The BSc Program
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Graduate Program Description
Psychology (MSc Program)
The MSc in Psychology at UNBC provides breadth in the substantive and methodological areas of psychology, with a focus on applied psychology and human development. The MSc will provide sufficient general training so that graduates will have skills which make them competitive in the job market.
Psychology (PhD Program)
Graduate training in psychology is in high demand, partly because of the high natural interests in the discipline, and partly because such training leads to a variety of desirable educational and career options in applied psychology, human development, and health. Graduates of the PhD program will be able to fulfill both traditional and emerging roles in psychology. Such options include the opportunity to teach and conduct research in post-secondary institutions, perform consultations in business and industry, do program planning and evaluation, and apply skills to a variety of social problems such as neuropsychiatric disorder, alcohol and drug abuse, aggression, health-risk behaviours, and developmental difficulties across the lifespan. Increasing connections with other disciplines and increasing recognition that the subject matter of psychology is central to the understanding of many social issues (e.g., health promotion, human development, high quality of life) have broadened psychology’s roles in society. Consequently, psychology has been evolving rapidly, and some of its new roles reflect the fact that the fundamental tools of psychologists—observation, measurement, and analysis—provide powerful means of assessing and remediating pressing social problems.
At UNBC, Psychology is located in the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences, which facilitates interaction with colleagues from related disciplines.
The objectives of the PhD program in Psychology include the following:
- to develop scholars and researchers who have an advanced level of understanding of the psychological sciences, including comprehensive knowledge of contemporary data and theory in psychology, and a high level of methodological expertise;
- to contribute to the larger body of scientific knowledge of psychology through research;
- to prepare graduates who possess the understanding and skills necessary to deal with problems of relevance in northern British Columbia and other regions, and who are able to work toward achieving better health, and more stable and harmonious living and working conditions for individuals and groups;
- to prepare graduates with an understanding of the linkages between psychological, biological, social, cultural, and ethical dimensions of human functioning; and
- to communicate the results of research in order to contribute to the enhancement of northern British Columbia and other regions by developing sound psychological strategies, appropriate assessment tools, and program planning and evaluation methods.