Neuroscience, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #151 (ARWU) ,
The purpose of the Neuroscience Master program is to educate students to become independent, reliable, and competent researchers who contribute significantly to breakthroughs in brain science and medicine.


Our students graduate with the knowledge that they have contributed to discovery and the advance of modern neuroscience and, importantly, with a tool kit of skills and experiences they need to be tomorrow's leaders in science, medicine and society.

We work hard to provide an exciting and positive environment both for creative research and for the acquisition of life skills. Our degrees are distinguished both in the originality and quality of the candidate’s research. The research environment within the Department is collegial and cooperative. Through supervisory committees, research days, journal clubs, social get-togethers, outreach activities and sports, all members of the Department of Neuroscience, in addition to the supervisor, play an important role in each student’s mentorship and training.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Molecular/Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience
  • Systems Neuroscience and Neuropathology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Ion Channel Diseases
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Neurobiology of Mental Illness
  • Modern Techniques in Neuroscience
  • Principles in Pharmacology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

1. A four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institutionYou must have a minimum grade point average equivalent to 3.0 on a 4.0 point system over the past two years of full-time study. Some graduate programs require a higher grade point average for admission. The degree must include appropriate course content for the graduate program applied for and adequate senior level courses to ensure preparation for graduate work. Any previous graduate work is also considered.

If you received your degree from a university outside Canada, please refer to the country specific degree requirements.

2. English Language ProficiencyIf your primary language is not English you will be required to fulfil the English language proficiency requirement. This may be proven with your scores from an IELTS or TOEFL (internet/written) or if the applicant has successfully completed the Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program (for the latter option, please confirm with the Graduate Program Administrator).

3. Endorsement from the Head of the Graduate ProgramIt is the responsibility of the department or graduate program to ensure that you are, in all relevant respects, acceptable to the program and that your proposed program is aligned with the availability of resources for adequate supervision and research, with departmental research objectives, and with program balance, as appropriate.

There is no general right of admission to graduate programs. Each graduate program determines whether to recommend the admission of a particular applicant to the Faculty of Graduate Studies based on departmental considerations.

4. Program Specific Requirements

a) A minimum admission grade point average over the last two years (60 units or 10 full-course equivalents) of 3.30 ("B+") on a four-point scale or equivalent.

b) Two reference letters.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12695 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12695 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    5593 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5593 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Calgary

1224 - 1300 CAD/month
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