Mental Health (PhD)

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mental Health offered by the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is a research-intensive program that emphasizes evolving and in-depth learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in literature synthesis, program development, and scientific communication to pursue professional opportunities in academia or industry.

Keywords: mental health, psychiatry, social and transcultural psychiatry, behavioural genetics, neuroimaging, neuroscience, public policy, molecular psychiatry, mental health services.

Unique Program Features

  • The program is┬ádesigned to provide advanced research training in the basic, applied, and social sciences relevant to issues in psychiatry. Specifically focusing on the development of mental health services and policy, social and cultural psychiatry, and clinical and transnational psychiatry.
  • Potential learning activities include weekly research seminars, global mental health rounds, Indigenous mental health workshops, the Summer Program in Cultural Psychiatry, and the conferences and workshops organized by the Advanced Study Institute in Cultural Psychiatry;
  • Graduates receive stipends from the thesis supervisor, from external fellowships and from awards provided by the Department;
  • Applicants are admitted from a wide range of backgrounds, including M.Sc. or M.A. degrees in relevant areas (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, sociology, medical anthropology, nursing, and medicine);
  • The Department has been at the cutting edge of advances in neuroscience, psychotherapy, diagnostic methods and therapeutic interventions.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

PhD in Mental Health website

Department Contact

Graduate Program graduate.psychiatry [at] (subject: PhD%20in%20Mental%20Health) (email)

Available Intakes



Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 March 15
WINTER February 15 August 1 September 1

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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