BSc - Independent Study

BSc Independent Study Courses

ASCI*4700 Independent Studies in Arts/Sciences

ASCI*4710 Independent Studies in Arts/Sciences

BIOM*4500 Literature-based Research in Biomedical Sciences

BIOM*4510 Research in Biomedical Sciences

HK*4230 Advanced Study in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

HK*4360 Research in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

HK*4371/2 Research in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences II

IBIO*4500 Research in Integrative Biology

IBIO*4510 Research in Integrative Biology II

IBIO*4521/2 Thesis in Integrative Biology

MCB*4500 Research Project in Molecular & Cellular Biology I

MCB*4510 Research Project in Molecular & Cellular Biology

MCB*4600 Topics in Molecular & Cellular Biology

NEUR*4401/2 Research in Neurosciences

NEUR*4450 Research in Neurosciences

PSYC*3240 Independent Research Project

PSYC*4240 Advanced Independent Research Project

PSYC*4870 Honours Thesis 


Contracts must be submitted to the host department.


Instructions for PSYC contracts are found below. 

ASCI: Dean's Office, College of Arts

BIOM: Department of Biomedical Science - Attention Kim Best,, OVC 2633

HK: Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences 

IBIO: Department of Integrative Biology

MCB: Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

NEUR: Department of Biomedical Science - Attention Kim Best,, OVC 2633


All contracts completed with a Psychology supervisor must be reported to Sharon Helder @



  1. Contact potential supervisors.

  2. Complete the Contract Template (below) and ensure it is signed by student and supervisor

  3. Submit to Sharon Helder at or MacKinnon 4015.


PSYC*4870 Honours Thesis

  1. Link to Honours Thesis page for complete information. 

  2. Note for PSYC*4870 applicants: Obtaining a supervisor's agreement greatly increases the possibility that you will be approved, however be aware that it is still a competitive process. 

  3. Complete the Request to Enrol. (can be printed and scanned if you encounter incompatability using the online form)


Tips for contacting a potential supervisor:

  • Before you contact a potential supervisor, familiarize yourself with their work: read their papers, know what type of work they do.

  • Be flexible in balancing your own ideas to fit within the research.

  • Be prepared to provide intellectual contribution to the project even if the work is already underway.

  • Be considerate: drop in during office hours if possible or set up an appointment.


Once a match has been confirmed, the student and supervisor will work together to complete a contract using the template below or the template provided by the course's home department. 

Contract Templates: (Microsoft Word)

3rd year: PSYC*3240 (updated October, 2019)
4th year: ASCI, BIOM, HK, IBIO, MCB, NEUR: Use course contract provided by course home department

PSYC 4240 (updated October, 2019)


PSYC*3240, 4240 and 4870: Submit signed contract to Sharon Helder at or MacKinnon 4015
Once the contract has been processed, the waiver will be granted and the student may add the course 

ASCI, BIOM, HK, IBIO, MCB and NEUR independent study courses: follow procedure as outlined by the course home department.