Neuroscience MSc

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Neuroscience MSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    The University of Dalhousie’s MSc degree in neuroscience would be of interest to a wide range of scientists and medical practitioners. It examines the link between the brain and the mind, exploring ways to better understand the brain to make predictions or diagnoses about the mind.

    This is an interdisciplinary program that is being delivered in partnership between 5 separate departments – Psychology, Physiology & Biophysics, Pharmacology, Biochemistry & molecular Biology and of course Anatomy & Neurobiology. 

    The degree program differs from many of its kind in that it is narrowly focused. While you will be given overview material, you’ll select an area of specialty for yourself. You will study fewer subjects, but will delve quite deeply into each one. You’ll learn the latest advances in behavioural neuropsychology, Imaging neuroscience and more. You’ll also do some highly specialised research.  Both laboratory and clinical perspectives given a great deal of weight.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 2 years of full time study.

    You’ll have two separate named degrees to choose from, the MSc in Anatomy and Neurobiology and the PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology.

    Neuroscience Modules Include:

    • Human Neuroanatomy
    • Topics in Mammalian Embryology and Molecular Developmental Biology
    • Gross Anatomy of the Head and Neck
    • Neurobiology of the Autonomic Nervous System
    • Chemical Neurobiology
    • Special Topics

    This is a thesis based course, and you will have to produce and defend a thesis based on your own original research. The examination committee usually consists of the Supervisory Committee plus one additional member selected for the relevance of your thesis topic to their work.

    Luckily, you’ll be part of a highly interconnected community. You’ll be one of more than 300 medical researchers with more than 800 research projects between you. You’ll also have the support of a dedicated research supervisor who can facilitate and guide your efforts.

    Learning And Teaching

    Dalhousie University’s MSc programs are delivered via many teaching methods, including lectures and seminars, professional skills workshops and special events. This is a heavily research focused program. It is both flexible and highly multidisciplinary, and can be engineered to apply to your interests and career goals by carefully selecting your research topic. Note that depending on your undergraduate degree, you may have to take some additional undergraduate courses.

    Career Possibilities

    An MSc in Neuroscience is an advanced, highly specialised degree which allows access to high level roles in a well-respected and lucrative specialty. Some students opt to take up roles such as Neurologist, Neurobiologist, Neuropathologist or Speech therapist. Others have gone into fields like pharmacy or even marketing. 

    This degree can also be a stepping stone to a greater academic career, leading to research based degrees at Dalhousie or nearly any of the world’s other fine universities.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in an MSc degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a Baccalaureate degreeat a B+ level, or the international equivalent. GRE scores are particularly helpful for overseas applicants, as well.

     All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test such as the TOEFL.

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