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Honours Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour - Music Cognition Specialization (B.Sc.)

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Admission Notes

  1. Completion of CHEM 1A03  and one of BIOPHYS 1S03 , PHYSICS 1A03 , 1C03  is required by the end of Level III, however, at least one of BIOPHYS 1S03 , CHEM 1A03 , PHYSICS 1A03 , 1C03  is required for admission. It is recommended that both CHEM 1A03  and one of BIOPHYS 1S03 , PHYSICS 1A03 , 1C03  be completed in Level I. Concepts from PHYSICS 1CC3  are particularly useful for understanding neuroscience, mathematical modelling, and perception. Students interested in these areas are encouraged to take PHYSICS 1C03  and 1CC3 .
  2. MUSIC 1A03  or 1AA3  is required for admission, however, both are required for degree completion.
  3. Students who have completed Grade 3 History (or History 1, now Level 9 History) or Grade 5 History (or History 3, now ARCT History) from the Royal Conservatory of Music, with a grade of at least 70%, are not required to complete MUSIC 1AA3 , and those students who have similarly obtained at least 70% on RCM Grade 4 History (or History 2, now Level 10 History) are not required to complete MUSIC 1A03  either for admission to the Music Cognition Specialization or to fulfill their degree requirements. If one or both course requirements are waived, it is recommended these units be replaced with other MUSIC courses.
  4. Either PSYCH 1FF3  or 1XX3  is required for admission, however PSYCH 1XX3  is recommended. Completion of either PSYCH 1F03  or 1X03  is required by the end of Level II but PSYCH 1X03  is recommended in Level I.


Enrolment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including:

Program Notes

  1. Entrance into MUSIC 1CB3  requires Advanced Rudiments (or Grade 2 Rudiments) from the Royal Conservatory of Music (a grade of 80% or above, within the last two years) or a grade of 70% or above on a qualifying music theory exam administered by the School of the Arts (SOTA). Appointments can be made with SOTA to write the exam on specific dates between February and May. The content of the exam is summarized at: https://sota.humanities.mcmaster.ca/. Students not meeting these requirements will be required to take MUSIC 1CR3  prior to MUSIC 1CB3 .
  2. The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour pre-registration ballot will include the thesis courses (PNB 4D06 A/B , 4D09 A/B ), and the Independent Research Library courses (PNB 3Q03 A/B S , 3QQ3 A/B S , 4Q03 A/B S , 4QQ3 A/B S , 4QQ6 A/B ). Students wishing to take these courses must complete and submit a ballot by mid February. Students will be informed of the outcome by mid March. Specific dates will be announced during the fall term. Ballots can be obtained from the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour web site at http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/pnb/.
  3. PSYCH 3AB3 , 3AC3 , 3AG3 , 3BA3 , 3CB3 , 3CD3  may only be used as electives.
  4. Both MUSIC 1A03  and 1AA3  must be completed for degree completion.
  5. Students are encouraged to complete PSYCH 3A03  as part of the Psychology Course List requirement.


120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which no more than 48 units may be Level I

Level I: 30 Units

30 units

(See Admission above.)

Level II: 30 Units

Level III: 30 Units

Level IV: 30 Units

6 units


  • the Psychology Course List (See Program Note 5 above.)

9 units

  • 6 units from the Capstone Course List and 3 units from the Psychology Course List

12-15 units

  • Electives (See Program Notes 3 and 4 above.)


Students who entered the program prior to September 2020 may refer to their Academic Advisement report or contact an Academic Advisor in the Office of the Associate Dean of Science (Academic) for program requirements.

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