Degree Requirements - Master of Science

1) A research thesis, which in the opinion of the Advisory Committee, would form a paper acceptable to a refereed journal. The thesis must also be successfully defended in an oral examination. The examining committee will consist of two faculty members from the Neuroscience Program who are not members of the student's Advisory Committee and an additional faculty member from outside the Program.

2) The equivalent of 2.5 full courses to be determined by the Advisory Committee including:

Principles of Neuroscience (Neuroscience 9500): students will be required to enroll in this course at the beginning of their full-time enrolment

Perspectives in Neuroscience Seminar Series (Neuroscience 9510): students will be required to enroll in this course in each academic year of their full-time enrollment

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 under the heading "Recommended Graduate Courses".

3) In exceptional cases, when the research project has clearly developed beyond that of an MSc, students may be permitted to transfer directly to the PhD without completing a MSc research thesis.

Advisory Committee
The Program Committee, after consultation with the student and supervisor, appoint an Advisory Committee for each student. The Advisory Committee will consist of the supervisor, a member of the Program Committee, and at least two faculty members each from different departments. The composition of the Advisory Committee must be approved by the Program Committee. The role of the Advisory Committee is to:
• tailor course selection to the student's background and academic interests
• provide advice on research and feedback on its progress
• determine when the thesis is ready for submission (using the regulations stated in the Faculty of Graduate Studies   "General Information" calendar as a guideline)

The Advisory Committee will meet at the request of the student or any member of the Advisory Committee. The committee will meet at least twice a year.

Residency Requirement

The median duration for finishing the M.Sc. degree is two years. The minimum residence requirement is 3 terms (one year).




Contact Us

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

Program Coordinator
Susan Simpson

T (519) 661-4039
F (519) 661-4153

Western University
Robarts Research Institute, RRI 5260a
1151 Richmond Street North
London, Ontario, CANADA N6A 5B7

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Areas of Research

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

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