Program Requirements

Requirements to complete the graduate program include:

  • Graduate course requirements
  • Ethics
  • Mandatory seminar attendance
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Annual meeting with the Graduate Coordinator and Supervisory Committee
  • Thesis proposal
  • Candidacy exam (PhD students)
  • Final oral defense of a thesis and submission of a thesis.

Please review the complete Graduate Program Guide for Students and Supervisors. Students and supervisors will need to refer to this guide throughout the program.

Course Requirements

  • Masters Students
    A total of 6 credits and a thesis is required for the MSc degree.* Students are expected to have completed PMCOL 371 and PHYSL 372 (or equivalent). Students who have not completed these undergraduate courses will be expected to enroll in these these upon starting the program. MSc students have the option (with program supervisor approval) to complete a lab rotation course. Students can choose either NEURO 500 (two terms; 6 credits) or NEURO 501 (one term; 3 credits).
    *Clinical trainees such as medical residents who have received approval of the Graduate Coordinator, may be exempted.
  • PhD Students
    A total of 9 credits and a thesis is required for the PhD program. PhD students must complete either NEURO 500 and one lecture-based course, or NEURO 501 and two lecture-based courses from the Neuroscience-approved course list.

All NMHI graduate students (both MSc and PhD) may take a graduate-level reading course for 3 credits to fulfill their course requirements. However the following limitations apply:

  • The course must be taken with a faculty member other than the student's supervisor(s).
  • The course can be from any department but it must be approved by the NMHI Graduate Student Coordinator.
  • Students cannot meet their graduate student quota of 6 (MSc) or 9 (PhD) credits merely based on a combination of lab rotation and reading courses (i.e., some didactic, lecture-based course work is required).

Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 (B+) throughout their program.

Seminar Attendance

Graduate students are required to attend and support the NMHI Seminar Series. All graduate students are required to 10 of the these seminars. Watch the NMHI Event calendar for upcoming seminars. Students must also attend 10 additional academic talks per year, which may or may not include more NMHI seminars. It is important to note that there may be a number of special seminars in which attendance is mandatory. For these instances, a notice will be emailed to you from the NMHI with the event details.

In order to completed the graduate student requirements, each student must submit a record of their seminar attendance along with their annual report. This document should outline the seminar titles, speaker names, and the dates.

Ethics Component

The academic integrity and ethics training requirement stipulates that all graduate students must complete eight hours of structured academic activity in academic integrity and ethics prior to convocation.

NMHI graduate students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete the Graduate Ethics Training (G.E.T) WebCT course offered by Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGSR). The course can be accessed from the FGSR website. Once completed, the student must provide the NMHI administrator a copy of their results (a screen shot of the "My Grades" page is sufficient).
  • Participate in the Ethics & Scientific Integrity Day organized the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. Ethics & Scientific Integrity Day is offered periodically throughout the academic year. Up-to-date information is available on their website. It is strongly recommended that students complete this requirement early in their graduate program as space availability is limited and fills up quickly. Once the ESCI ethics training is completed, proof of completion will submitted to NMHI administration from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

Students must complete these ethics components in order to convocate.

Annual Neuroscience Research Day

Every year the Neuroscience Graduate Student Association (NGSA) hosts Neuroscience Research Day (NRD). This event allows students to showcase their research and facilitate interdisciplinary interactions among students and faculty.

Typically the event includes both oral and poster presentations from students, a panel discussion, and a keynote address from a distinguished professor from outside of the University of Alberta.

Student participation in the event is mandatory, except for first years. All students are required to attend in order to continue enrollment in the neuroscience program.