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Psychology

Psychology is the study of the human mind and its behaviorisms and is a discipline that embraces all aspects of the human experience. Psychology is a social science that includes the study of behaviour disorders, developmental and social psychology, learning, memory, cognition and perception, personality, motivation, thinking and language, mental health, and much more. 

Get experience at UBC

Building your career takes more than attending academic lectures. Get involved with research and complement your studies with relevant research and applied experiences. Whether you choose one of the experiences listed below or one of the many other great opportunities available, you’ll learn new things, make new friends, network, and set yourself apart. It all counts.

Community based research and application - local and international

Through community-based experiential learning, you can participate in projects driven by community priorities, such as PSYC 320 where students work with organizations that address issues surrounding sex and gender in pyschology or PSYC 417A which is designed to introduce students to the application of psychology to global development initiatives. 

UBC Undergraduate Journal of Psychology

The UBCUJP is a journal run by undergraduate students, for undergraduate students. The months of dedicated work that undergraduates put into their research papers should result in more than a mark for a class and then quickly forgotten about. Instead, these research papers provide a fantastic opportunity for undergraduates to experience the peer-review process while also being a valuable resource for faculty and students to learn about the research happening next door.

Arts Co-op Program

Discover what many students in your major already know: gaining paid, full-time, relevant experience through Arts Co-op will help you explore career options in fields such as non-profit (including health services and social services), government, and the private sector across Canada and abroad. Graduate with average cumulative earnings of $25,000, career skills, experience, and a network of professional contacts that will give you a competitive edge after graduation

Arts Internship Program

Apply your knowledge of human behaviour and the skills you have develop#ed in the classroom. Find out what you are passionate about and make a positive impact in your community. This program allows you to build experience and explore the social service industry with a part-time unpaid internship. Placements are available at mental health organizations, youth programs, and other related non-profits. 

Arts Psychology Tri-Mentoring

Connect with alumni, industry and faculty mentors. Arts Tri-mentoring matches 1st and 2nd year students with a senior student and an alumnus to explore networking and the professional world.

Go Global

Imagine student life in Australia;  taking a cognitive psychology class all while being able to explore the depths of the great barrier reef on the weekends, or watch the sunsets at night on Bondi Beach with your new friends. Perhaps you would like to learn about the the Psychology of Scandinavian Adolescence in Denmark amongst its magical architecture, while afterwards experiencing the enchantment of historic Danish castles and gardens in the evening. This is all possible with UBC’s Go Global study abroad program.

Our recommended exchange destinations include, but are not limited to:

United Kingdom

Continental Europe Australia Asia

University of Nottingham

University of Birmingham

University of Glasgow

Ireland

University College Dublin

Universiteit Leiden (Netherlands)

Universite Lumiere Lyon (France)

Danish Institute for Study Abroad

University of Melbourne

University of New South Wales

University of Queensland

University of Hong Kong

Seoul National University

National Taiwan University

Learn more about international opportunities recommended by the Psychology department or visit Go Global to learn more.

Student Directed Seminars

Student Directed Seminars allows senior undergraduate students to either particpate in or initiate and coordinate small, collaborative, group learning experiences. Examples of previous courses inlcude topics on ADHD and Alzheimers.

Labs and Research

The UBC Psychology Department has a number of Research Labs run by faculty members. There are many valuable opportunities for students to gain research experience through volunteer and course-related work. 

Degree learning outcomes

Beyond the grounding in psychological theory as the knowledge base of the discipline itself, students will have experience in collecting, analyzing and interpreting data and practice with statistics and experimental design. Students will use critical and creative thinking based on scientific research, theory and inquiry to gain insight into human motivation, personality, social processes, health behaviours and mental health among other psychological phenomena.

Common questions about psychology

What's the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MD) who specialize in the treatment of mental illnesses and can prescribe medication when warranted. Psychologists have a doctoral-level degree (PhD) in psychology and evaluate and treat mental and emotional disorders. Both provide psychotherapy and both do research. 

What's the difference between a clinical and a counseling psychologist?

While there are many similarities between the two specializations, clinical psychology programs tend to emphasize psychopathology and research training while counseling psychology programs emphasize practicum opportunities and a more holistic education.

Career possibilities

Addictions Counsellor
Personnel manager
Corporate Trainer
Mental Health Worker
Community Worker/Advocate
Career/Employment Counsellor 
Child/Youth Worker 
Market Research Analyst / Consumer Behavior Interventionist
Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
Recreation Therapist 
Psychiatric Assistant
Cultural Diversity Consultant 
Public Health Statistician 
Public Affairs Consultant
Labour Relations/Mediator
Advertising/Media Relations
Therapist / Counsellor
Program Coordinator / Evaluator
Psychiatric Assistant
Public Opinion Interviewer
Rehabilitation Advisor / Counsellor
Director of Volunteer Services 
Research Assistant 
Group Home Coordinator 
Hospice Hoordinator
Statistical Assistant
Immigration Officer 
Technical Writer
Disability Services Worker 
Job Analyst
Public Policy Analyst
Immigration Officer
Patient Care Co-ordinator

Academic possibilities

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