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Welcome to the PNB Graduate Handbook. Please see below for a Table of Contents.

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB), at McMaster University, has a strong research base in the areas of Animal Behaviour, Systems and Behavioural Neuroscience, Cognition/Perception, Developmental Psychology, and Evolution and Social Behaviour. In addition, we offer Research and Clinical Training (RCT) which is a stream within the PNB Graduate Program.

There are 30 core faculty in PNB, several associate faculty members, and approximately 120 graduate students. Our graduate program is strongly research-oriented and provides flexibility to optimize the program around the interests of the student. The breadth of research areas provides a rich environment for graduate training. There is a strong collegial environment in the department that supports scientific interactions among faculty and students. As a consequence of this long-standing department culture, students often undertake research projects with more than one faculty member. Our graduate students are introduced to theory, issues, and questions in the field of Experimental Psychology and are trained in the research approaches used to study the problems.

General Information

Official sources of information about our graduate program are the McMaster Graduate Calendar (2023-2024), the School of Graduate Studies, and the PNB department policies. If there is a difference between official sources of information and information presented in the PNB Graduate Handbook, the official university documents should be taken as correct. If you cannot find the information you need or if you need any clarification about any of the guidelines and procedures, please do not hesitate to contact us:

  • Anju Dalal, Graduate Administrative Assistant; Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23027
  • Dr. David Feinberg, PNB Associate Chair (Graduate), aka Graduate Chair

Prospective Graduate Students (how to apply)

The application process for the September 2024-2025 academic year will open on October 1st, 2023, and will close on December 14th, 2023.

Incoming Students (getting to know McMaster, Hamilton, and PNB)

Life in Hamilton

International Students

First Steps

Current Graduate Students (guidelines and forms and things)

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) maintains a page where you can find various forms and guides. These forms, and the links to them, tend to change occasionally. We'll provide links directly to some of the forms in various places in the handbook; if you find a broken link, look for the form directly on the SGS Forms and Guides, SGS resources page, and also - let us know about the broken link!


  • Forms: Links to forms are scattered throughout the wiki; we are attempting to gather many of them together here, to help when you are doing a quick search.



Help, Advise, Support

Sometimes we need:

Beyond the Degree (Career Planning)

Career planning and professional development:

About this Wiki

The PNB Graduate Handbook Wiki was started in April 2018, with a small group of editors. Information is updated regularly. If you would like to join our editing group, let us know!

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