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Program Requirements

The requirements for a MSc degree in Neuroscience include:

  1. A research thesis, which in the opinion of the Advisory Committee, presents research of appropriate quality for publication in a refereed journal.  The thesis must be successfully defended in an oral examination.  The examination committee will consist of two faculty members from the Neuroscience Program, at least one of whom was not a member of the student’s Advisory Committee, and an additional faculty member from outside the Program and not from the supervisor’s home department.   
  2. The equivalent of 2.0 full courses to be determined by the Advisory Committee including, Principles of Neuroscience (Neuroscience 9500A/B, 0.5 credit) the Perspectives in Neuroscience Seminar (Neuroscience 9510Y/9511Y, 0.5 credit each) and one optional 0.5 credit.  Students without a strong background in Neuroscience will be required to broaden their background in specific areas related to their research interests. Courses in Neuroscience which are available in the University are listed on the web. NOTE: a passing grade of at least 70% is REQUIRED; a student who does not achieve at least a passing grade will be required to withdraw from the Program.
  3. When the research project has clearly developed beyond that of a MSc, students may be permitted to transfer directly to the PhD Program without completing a MSc research thesis (see above under Admission Procedures “roll-over” for full description).  

The requirements for a PhD degree in Neuroscience include:

  1. A research thesis describing original scientific research.  In general, it should contain 3 results chapters and present research of appropriate quality for publication in a refereed journal. The thesis must be successfully defended in an oral examination which is immediately preceded by a public lecture.  The public lecture should be of about 40-45 minutes duration and should describe the scope of research and a discussion of experimental findings.  A question period by the audience will follow.  The examination committee will consist of two faculty members from the Neuroscience Program, one member of the university who is not a member of the program or the supervisor’s home department and one member who is an expert in the field from outside the university.
  2. A comprehensive examination in Neuroscience.
  3. Course requirements:  
    1. Principles of Neuroscience (Neuroscience 9500) if not taken at the MSc level.  Exemption from this course will not be granted for students having taken a survey course in Neuroscience in other programs.
    2. Perspectives in Neuroscience (Neuroscience 9510Y, 9511Y, 9512Y, 9513Y, 9514Y) Students will be required to enrol in this course in each academic year of their full-time enrollment.  PhD students will be required to present a research update (20 minute presentation plus 10 minutes for questions) each year,
    3. Additional courses required by the student's Advisory Committee to prepare the student for the comprehensive examination and/or to provide background for the student's particular area of research.

NOTE: a passing grade of at least 70% is REQUIRED; a student who does not achieve at least a passing grade will be required to withdraw from the Program.