- Department of Psychiatry
- 1033 Pine Avenue West
- Montreal, QC H3A 1A1
- Telephone: 514-398-4176
- Fax: 514-398-4370
- Email: msc [dot] psychiatry [at] mcgill [dot] ca
- Website: www.mcgill.ca/psychiatry
McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry is one the most prestigious in the world. In the 1950s and 60s, Heinz Lehmann conducted the first North American clinical trials for antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. Theodore Sourkes identified the core neurobiological features of Parkinson’s disease, and Eric Wittkower and Jack Fried brought together scholars from Anthropology and Psychiatry to create Transcultural Psychiatric Studies. Since then, faculty members and graduate students continue outstanding research in addictions; Alzheimer’s and childhood disorders; eating, personality, and mood disorders; stress; trauma; and psychosis. The work is conducted in people and animal models, and also benefits from expertise ranging from neuroimaging and epigenetics to mental health services and public policy. Our work remains at the cutting edge of research on health, disease, and recovery.
Ph.D. (Ad Hoc)
The Department of Psychiatry also offers the possibility of directly entering a Ph.D. program on an ad hoc basis, or, with the permission of the supervisor and the approval of the Graduate Program Director, exceptional students may transfer from the M.Sc. to the ad hoc Ph.D. program.
|Master of Science (M.Sc.); Psychiatry (Thesis) (45 credits)|
|The graduate program in Psychiatry is designed to provide advanced research training in the basic, applied, and social sciences relevant to issues in psychiatry. Applicants are admitted from a wide range of backgrounds, including undergraduate degrees in relevant areas (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, sociology, medical anthropology, nursing, and medicine), and those who are pursuing their psychiatry residency at McGill. Most, though not all students, continue to a Ph.D. program. The graduate program does not provide clinical training.|
Psychiatry Admission Requirements and Application Procedures
Revision, October 2012. Start of revision.
- A B.Sc., B.A., B.N., or M.D. degree.
- A strong background in science and/or social science, as demonstrated by academic achievement equivalent to a GPA of 3.3 (on a 4-point scale) or 3.5 in the last two years.
- A written agreement from the proposed research supervisor, and student's statement of purpose for seeking an M.Sc.
- An outline of the proposed thesis research, to be written by the prospective student in collaboration with an appropriate research supervisor.
- Two letters of reference.
- Certified proficiency in written English or French.
- TOEFL or IELTS certificate of proficiency in English for non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue and language of education is not English, with a minimum score of 550 on the written TOEFL test, or 86 on the Internet-based test, with each component score not less than 20, or 6.5 on the IELTS test.
McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.
See Application Procedures (for All Admissions Starting Summer 2013) for detailed application procedures.
- Personal Statement – describing the specific reasons for seeking a Master of Science degree in Psychiatry
- Letters of Reference – with Applicant Evaluation checklist forms (see Department website)
- Research Proposal – to be written by the prospective student in collaboration with an appropriate research supervisor
- Written Confirmation of Supervision form (see Department website) from the proposed research supervisor