Master of Science in Neuroscience (MSc)
The objectives of the Program are to educate graduate students as neuroscientists with intensive experience in at least one area of research, and to ensure that students in the Program develop a broadly based knowledge of the neurosciences. The Program aims for flexibility so that the individual needs and background of each student can, as quickly as possible, be accommodated. The core program of courses offered to entering students consists of Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neurochemistry, Psychobiology, Molecular Neurobiology, and Neuropharmacology. Additional related courses are available for selection by the student and his/her Supervisory Committee. The Program is research oriented: students are expected to engage in research from the start of their studies. Research is undertaken in individual departments, over a wide range of basic and clinical Neuroscience topics.
What makes the program unique?
The Graduate Program in Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary program of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. It is administered by the Chairman of the Neuroscience Advisory Committee, and comprises some 60 faculty members representing 13 departments from the Faculties of Medicine, Science and Arts at the University of British Columbia. Laboratory and teaching areas are located across the UBC campus and at the University Hospital and the Vancouver Hospital, according to the teaching and research affiliations of the Neuroscience faculty members.
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Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,600.60||$2,811.98|
|Tuition per year||$4,801.80||$8,435.94|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$899.00 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,453.00 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Completion Rates & Times
This program has a graduation rate of 80% based on 46 students admitted between 2006 - 2009. Based on 37 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 1.83 years and the maximum time is 4.00 years with an average of 2.64 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 8 April 2016]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 8 April 2016].
Affiliated Faculty Members
Accili, Eric (molecular mechanisms responsible for cellular pacemaking behavior )
Allan, Douglas (Nervous system)
Auld, Vanessa (development, nervous system, permeability barriers, glia , cell biology , genetics)
Austin, Jehannine (Genetics, genomics, genetic counseling, psychiatric illness, mental illness, mental health, psychiatry, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, postpartum depression, perinatal mental health, Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia)
Bamji, Shernaz (synapse biology, primary neuronal cultures, transgenic models, neurodevelopmental disease)
Barr, Alasdair (Mental health and addictions, with a particular emphasis on psychosis and the medications used in its treatment, Anesthesiology )
Barton, Jason (face perception, object recognition, eye movements, higher visual function, Human vision and eye movement)
Bhagavatula, Sastry (Age-related research, Anesthesiology, plasticity of synaptic transmission, mammalian central nervous system)
Boyd, Lara (What therapies positively alter patterns of brain activity after stroke)
Cairns, Brian (Pain associated with temporomandibular disorders)
Cashman, Neil (prion disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, protein misfolding diseases, Alzheimer's)
Christoff, Kalina (brain, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, prefronal cortex, fMRI, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, executive functions, problem solving, reasoning, thinking, mind-wandering, attention, consciousness, real-time fMRI, trauma and PTSD, Cognitive and neural basis of human thought, reasoning and problem solving)
Church, John (Role of intracellular pH regulating mechanisms in seizure activity, neuronal death and neuronal development)
Craig, Ann Marie (Excitatory and inhibitory synapses, Synapse development and plasticity, Synapse organizing proteins, Neurotransmitter receptors, Autism and schizophrenia)
Cynader, Max (eye diseases; glaucoma; dyslexia; stroke; neurotrauma; memory; vision; learning disabilities; hearing development; recovery after brain damage; ischemia; gene therapy, Alzheimer's)
Diamond, Adele (Interventions to improve Executive Function skills in young children (such as early education programs, storytelling, and mindfulness), roles of dance, music, and physical activity in improving executive functions and academic & mental health outcomes, genetic polymorphisms that affect dopamine in prefrontal cortex and may affect executive function skills differently in males and females, supporting and helping parents to help their children succeed)
Dorovini-Zis, Katerina (Biology and pathology of the blood-brain barrier, neuroinflammation)
Doudet, Doris (Brain imaging, mood disorders, stimulation therapies, Parkinson's disease)
Eich, Eric (Mood congruence and mood dependence in learning and remembering, memory impairments associated with bipolar affective illness, the cognitive correlates of dissociative identity disorder, and subjective, behavioral, and neural differences between field (first-person perspective) and observer (third-person perspective) memories)
Eng, Janice (Neurorehabilitation, spinal cord, brain)
Enns, James (human cognition, vision, attention, eye movements, Cognitive role of attention in human vision, autism)
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan (Neural circuits subserving learning and executive functions, behavioural and electrophysiological analyses of limbic-cortical-striatal interactions involved in decision making and behavioural flexibility, animal models of schizophrenia and drug addiction)
Giaschi, Deborah (Dyslexia, Amblyopia, Maturation, fMRI, Motion Perception)