Master of Science (MSc)

Meet Madeleine Brodbeck, MSc '17

“My supervisors allow me to be independent, while still teaching, and guiding me. My lab mates are not competitive when it comes to research, we all want each other to thrive. It is a very supportive environment. I would not be able to do it without them.”

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I visited Western, and the Advanced Facility for Avian Research (AFAR), the building I work in, a couple years before I was ready to apply. I was blown away by the different technology, equipment, and opportunities they have here. Western also has great funding opportunities for graduate students in psychology.

What are you most passionate about?
My relationships. People are very important to me. Food. Environmental issues. Equality. Being skeptical. Scientific literacy. Understanding the universe.

Describe your research.
I want to answer a question about the hippocampus, a brain area that is important for spatial memory in birds, and in mammals as well. If you think about a memory, you first acquire, then store, and finally, later retrieve it. I want to know when the hippocampus is “needed” during these different phases of memory formation.

What’s your favourite book?
Invisible Monsters. Le Petit Prince. I also love Harry Potter.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Talk to faculty members you are interested in working with and read their research. Talk to the graduate students who work with those faculty members, so you know what to expect from the faculty, and what the atmosphere is like. I would also suggest to tour campus, and the facilities you would be interested in working at.

Program Websites

Program Contact

Graduate Office (

Department of Psychology

Western University
Social Science Centre Rm 7406
London, Ontario N6A 5C2

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 82064
f. 519-661-3961

Western's Department of Psychology is pleased to offer students graduate studies in many areas of psychology. The department has world-renowned faculty members, excellent support staff and facilities, all within a beautiful campus.

Western is a leading research-focused university that has been rated as providing among the very best of student experiences in Canada. The M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduates of our program have gone on to achieve distinguished careers in a wide variety of academic, private sector, and government positions throughout the world.

Program Length

  • 6 Terms

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Tuition and Fees

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Admission Requirements

  • A four-year undergraduate honour’s degree in Psychology or a related field, or an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to our honour’s degree.
  • Minimum grade average of 78% or B+ in the final two years of the undergraduate program.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline

  • December 1 - Acceptance notification by the end of April.

Fields of Research

  • Clinical Science and Psychopathology
  • Cognitive, Developmental and Brain Sciences
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Social, Personality and Developmental Psychology