Why study this program?

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta is a group of more than 170 neuroscientists from approximately 27 departments across eight faculties, two schools, and three colleges. The Institute 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 Institute) 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.

Inquiries about this program should be directed to the Graduate Program Administrator in the NMI, Complete details of the programs and their requirements are available in the Neuroscience Graduate Program Manual.

Entrance Requirements

See Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Graduate Program Entrance Requirements .

Applicants to the MSc program are expected to have completed the following courses or their equivalents:

Students deficient in this area may be expected to take these courses as extra-to-degree as a condition of admission.

Applicants to the PhD program who do not have a sufficient Neuroscience background may be required to take additional courses to ensure an adequate background. These will be considered extra-to-degree.

The NMHI Graduate Program Committee (GPC) evaluates the background in Neuroscience of each prospective student and selects appropriate courses.


Medicine & Dentistry

Delivery Mode:
On Campus

Program Type:
Thesis Based

Degree Level:
Master's, Doctoral

Program Requirements

Master’s Programs

Doctoral Programs


Descriptions of these courses can be found in Course Listings , under the relevant subject headings:

Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Cell Biology (CELL)
Educational Psychology (EDPY)
Neuroscience (NEURO)
Pharmacology (PMCOL)
Physical Therapy (PTHER)
Physiology (PHYSL)
Psychiatry (PSYCI)
Psychology (PSYCH)

Additional courses offered by other departments that are deemed relevant to the student’s research interests may be approved on an individual basis.

Tuition and Fees

Financial assistance in the form of Graduate Research Assistant Fellowships from supervisor operating funds is normally available to students in good standing. Students may also be eligible for awards from the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Exceptionally qualified applicants may be nominated for University of Alberta entrance scholarships. 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 be expected to apply for such external funding.

For general information, please visit the Tuition and Fees page on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research site.
Scholarships and Financial Support

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research administers over $29 million each year in scholarships, awards, and financial support for graduate students, as well as financial and loan advising. Additional scholarships are also available for specific faculties and programs.

Program-specific inquiries

Please refer to the detailed program information or email

General inquiries

Please check out some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQS) to see if your question has been answered, or contact the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) during our office hours.

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR)
Killam Centre for Advanced Studies
2-29 Triffo Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E1