May 21, 2018
Centre for Neuroscience
5005-A Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1
The Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Alberta is a group of more than 90 neuroscientists from 24 departments across five Faculties. The Centre offers a graduate program that is designed for students who desire a broad training in various experimental and theoretical aspects of neuroscience while maintaining a research program that may be more specialized. This can be achieved by drawing on the expertise of specialists (members of the Centre) from various departments throughout the University who have research interests in neuroscience. The graduate program in Neuroscience offers both degrees of PhD and MSc through thesis research. Applicants not having a MSc degree will initially be admitted to the MSc program for the first year, after which they may transfer to the PhD program, provided their thesis proposal has been accepted and appropriate courses passed.
Applicants are expected to have graduated with a four-year undergraduate degree. The minimum grade-point average for students having a degree from the University of Alberta is 3.3, while applicants from other institutions are expected to have equivalent qualifications. Students already possessing a master's degree will be considered for the PhD program provided they meet the minimum requirements for the MSc degree in Neuroscience. Applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a score of at least 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) on the TOEFL examination with at least a score of 20 on each of the individual skill areas or equivalent scores on other language proficiency tests approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (see English Language Requirement ).
Applicants wishing to transfer to the program from other graduate programs within the University of Alberta will be considered upon receipt of a letter from the student outlining the reasons for the transfer, letters of reference, transcripts, and a letter of support from the proposed supervisor. Students who have already completed the PhD candidacy examination in another program will not normally be considered.
A limited number of graduate research assistantships are available through the Centre. In addition, graduate teaching assistantships and research assistantships may be available through one of the departments participating in the graduate program in Neuroscience or from research grants. Other funding is provided by scholarships awarded to students by various agencies including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Provincial Government of Alberta. Students will usually be expected to apply for such external funding.
Graduate Program Requirements
The core courses for the Neuroscience programs are
Descriptions of these courses can be found in Course Listings , under the relevant subject headings:
Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Cell Biology (CELL)
Educational Pyschology (EDPY)
Physical Therapy (PTHER)
Additional courses offered by other departments that are deemed relevant to the student's research interests may be approved on an individual basis.