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Psychology and Engineering

Psychology and Engineering: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Facul​ty

Applied Science and Engineering

Participating Degree Programs

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering—MASc

Supporting Units

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


The Collaborative Master’s Specialization in Psychology and Engineering (PsychEng) is between the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Engineering involves the creative application of science to the design of systems, processes, structures, and technologies. Psychology is a science that focuses on the mind and behaviour of people and animals to understand individuals and groups across all levels of analyses, from the cellular to the cultural. The Psychology and Engineering collaborative specialization supports graduate students and faculty interested in contributing to the growing interdisciplinary scholarship at the nexus of psychology and engineering. Fields of study that may benefit from this collaborative specialization include, but are not limited to: human factors, design theory and methodology, artificial intelligence and information engineering, operations research, and robotics. This specialization strengthens ties between the two departments, and may propel research of interest to both beyond what is possible individually.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Psychology and Engineering" on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Telephone: (416) 946-3028
Fax: (416) 978-7753

Collaborative Specialization in Psychology and Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto
5 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8

Psychology and Engineering: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating departments.

  • Applicants must provide:

    • A statement of purpose that describes background experience relating to psychology and engineering, and motivation for pursuing studies in PsychEng. Complete the online application form.

    • A supervisor's letter of recommendation in support of the student's application to PsychEng.

Specialization Requirements

  • APS 1305Y PsychEng Seminar Series (CR/NCR) worth 0.0 full-course equivalent [FCE].

  • Two elective half courses (1.0 FCE). One of the courses must be from the other participating department. 

  • A thesis focused on a topic in the area of the collaborative specialization.

  • All students enrolled in the collaborative specialization must complete the requirements of the collaborative specialization, in addition to those requirements for the degree program in their home graduate unit. The collaborative specialization director and/or specialization committee is/are responsible for certifying the completion of the collaborative specialization requirements. The home graduate unit is solely responsible for the approval of the student’s home degree requirements.

Psychology and Engineering: Courses

Core Course

​APS 1305Y PsychEng Seminar Series (Credit/No Credit)

Elective Courses

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

​MIE 1070H
Intelligent Robots for Society
​MIE 1402H
Experimental Methods in Human Factors Research
​MIE 1403H
​Analytical Methods in Human Factors Research
​MIE 1412H
​Human-Automation Interaction
​MIE 1415H
Analysis and Design of Cognitive Work
​MIE 1505H
Enterprise Modelling
MIE 1510H Formal Techniques in Ontology Engineering
MIE 1720H Creativity in Conceptual Design
KMD 2001H Human-Centred Design


​PSY 1000H Directed Studies
Department of Psychology courses offered in the 5000 series; contact the department for exclusions.