Neuroscience 9500. Principles of Neuroscience (full credit)
An integrated survey course covering the major principles of neuroscience, from the molecular events within neurons, through the functional architecture of the nervous system, to the relationship between brain and behaviour. This is mandatory for first year neuroscience students, who are required to enrol in this course at the beginning of their full-time enrolment. The course is team taught by members of the Neuroscience Program. Notes and study materials for each lecture are posted weekly on the course website. Students are graded on the basis of their performance on written essay-question examinations.

Neuroscience 9510. Neuroscience Seminar Course (half credit)
A weekly series of talks by students and by invited experts in neuroscience from outside the university (about monthly). Students will be required to enroll in this course in each academic year of their full-time enrollment. In addition to attending the seminars, the course will include students presentations in which each student presents the rationale and preliminary results of their current research.

Student Seminar Schedule
Invited Speaker Schedule

Neuroscience 9600. Comprehensive Examination for Ph.D. candidates
The comprehensive examination must be undertaken within the first 18 months of registration in the PhD program. The purpose of the Comprehensive Exam is to evaluate the student’s knowledge of his field of research and related fields, the ability to critically reflect on different experimental approaches, to link different concepts and to conduct research at the level of a PhD student. There are two alternative forms of comprehensive examination that each student can choose from in consultation with the supervisor and advisory committee. Option 1: a Classic Comprehensive Examination or option 2: a Grant Writing Exercise.

Complete details regarding the comprehensive exam process can be found by clicking here

Optional Graduate Courses
The following neuroscience-related courses are offered by various departments, however, not always in the current academic year. You must contact each department to obtain information on courses currently being offered. This list is not exclusive. Additional courses may be included from other disciplines such as biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, computer science, or mathematics.

Anatomy 9540 - Research Methods in Anatomy (website)
Anatomy 9541-9550 - Special Topics in Anatomy (including histochemistry)
Anatomy 9550 - Advanced Topics in Integrative Neuroscience
Biochemistry 9524a - Membrane Biochemistry
Biophysics 9561a - Bioelectrical Phenomena
Biostatistics 9509a/b - Biostatistics 1
Pharmacology 9562a - Principles of Pharmacology
Pharmacology 9564a/b - Pharmacology of the Autonomic Nervous System
Pharmacology 9566a/b - Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology
Pharmacology 9567a/b - Applied Pharmacokinetics
Physiology 9565b - Neurophysiology of Autonomic-Somatic Integration
Physiology 9568b - Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (website)
Psychology 9040a - Scientific Computing
Psychology 9041b - Introduction to Statistics




Contact Us

Susanne Schmid, Ph.D. Co-Director
Stefan Köhler, Ph.D. Co-Director

Program Coordinator
Susan Simpson

T (519) 661-4039

Western University
Robarts Research Institute, RRI 3203
100 Perth Drive,
London, Ontario, CANADA N6A 5K8

Areas of Research

Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience
Computational Neuroscience
Neural Substrates of Behaviour

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