Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Program Learning Outcomes for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 

Upon completing the PhD degree in the field of Psychology and a major concentration in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, students will be able to:

  1. Learn theoretical and methodological tools necessary to carry out independent research in cognitive neuroscience.
  2. Write an independent and original dissertation that is of sufficient quality to merit publication in a top cognitive psychology or cognitive neuroscience journal.
  3. Conduct a focused review of the literature and develop a research design to carry out independent research.
  4. Learn to defend their research design and data analysis choices by presenting their paper in a seminar environment.
  5. Communicate their research effectively by writing clearly, concisely and cogently.
  6. Read critically and assess research manuscripts related to their field of study and in other fields.

Requirements for the MA and PhD Degrees in the field of Psychology 

MA Degree Program

The MA degree is a thesis master’s degree. For general university requirements, please see Thesis Master’s Degrees. Although students are not normally admitted to study for an MA in Psychology, graduate students may earn the MA degree after obtaining approval of their candidacy for the PhD. For general university requirements for PhD degrees, please see Doctoral Degrees. For both MA and PhD degrees, students must complete a research thesis, including a public oral defense. Required coursework is determined by the student’s major concentration. Students must complete an admission-to-candidacy procedure to establish their expertise in their chosen major concentration. Competence in a foreign language is not required. 

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MA Degree in the field of Psychology30

PhD Degree Program

For general university requirements, please see Doctoral Degrees. In addition, students pursuing the PhD degree in the field of Psychology must:  

  • Complete all coursework with a minimum grade of B- (2.67 grade points) in each required course.
  • Complete all of the course requirements in their major concentration.
  • Successfully complete and present the first-year project in May of the first year.
  • Successfully complete and present the second-year project in May of the second year.
  • Write and defend a dissertation. The dissertation committee must be in the area of Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience and be overseen by a Psychology faculty member affiliated with the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Major Concentration.

Students who have not previously completed a master's degree in Psychology or a related field, must successfully defend a master’s thesis and earn the MA degree in Psychology. Students who come to Rice with a master's degree in a related field can be exempted from this requirement.

Summary 

Total Credit Hours Required for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience90

Degree Requirements for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Core Requirements
PSYC 502ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS I3
PSYC 503ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS II3
PSYC 520FOUNDATIONS OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 574INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE3
PSYC 577INTRODUCTION TO FUNCTIONAL NEUROANATOMY2-3
PSYC 660PROFESSIONAL ISSUES3
Custom Core Courses
Select 1 from the following: 11-3
COGNITIVE RESEARCH SEMINAR
HEALTH RESEARCH SEMINAR
Neuroscience Core Courses
Select 2 from the following:6
ADVANCED COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE: ATTENTION AND PERCEPTION
ADVANCED COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE: HIGHER MENTAL FUNCTIONS
SOCIAL AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE
Cognitive Core Courses
Select 2 from the following:6
MEMORY
PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
REASONING, DECISION MAKING, PROBLEM SOLVING
VISION SCIENCE
Affective/Health Track Core Courses
Select 2 from the following:6
PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY
FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Elective Requirements
Select 2 from the following 26
SENSORY NEUROENGINEERING
FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN NEUROIMAGING
OPTICAL IMAGING
HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY
INFORMATION PROCESSING AND ATTENTION
MEMORY
PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
REASONING, DECISION MAKING, PROBLEM SOLVING
COMPUTATIONAL MODELING OF COGNITIVE PROCESSES
PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY
FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
EMOTION REGULATION
ADVANCED COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE: ATTENTION AND PERCEPTION
PSYC 576 / NEUR 503
ADVANCED COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE: HIGHER MENTAL FUNCTIONS
COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY: THEORIES AND METHODS
DEVELOPMENTAL COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
VISION SCIENCE
SOCIAL AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE
ADVANCED TOPICS IN NEUROSCIENCE 3
ADVANCED TOPICS IN COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 3
TOPICS IN MEMORY 3
TOPICS IN PSYCHOLINGUISTICS 3
SEMINAR IN GENES AND COGNITION
PERCEPTUAL ORGANIZATION
First-Year Project
Second-Year Project
Thesis Requirement
Completion and public defense of a thesis
Additional Coursework as Approved by Department
Total Credit HoursMinimum of 90

Footnotes and Additional Information  

Policies for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 

Department of Psychological Sciences Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, the department of Pyschological Sciences publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2018_19/Psychology_Graduate_Handbook.pdf

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Psychological Sciences website: https://psychology.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Psychological Sciences website: https://psychology.rice.edu/