Why do your MSc in Anatomy & Neurobiology at Dal?

Conducting meaningful research that makes a difference

We are a collegial department with a reputation for world-class research that frequently makes waves locally, nationally and internationally. We pride ourselves on conducting meaningful research that makes a difference in the lives of Canadians and those around the world.

Promising minds in medical research

As part of Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine, our master’s students are situated among a unique and interconnected community of over 345 medical researchers working on more than 850 research projects.

Creating a sound foundation

Our program will provide you with:

  • a multidisciplinary background in neurobiology
  • in-depth research training in a particular aspect of neurobiology
  • opportunity to learn and teach human anatomy

Understanding the human body

Our Division of Anatomy is home to dedicated faculty members with the extensive knowledge and experience needed to teach human anatomy. And thanks to the generous donations of cadaveric material made by the people of the Maritimes, our you are able to further your anatomical study and enhance your clinical skills through the Human Body Donation Program and the Clinical Cadaver Program.

What kind of background do our students have?

The majority of our master’s students have a strong background in the biological sciences, but they also come from the medical and allied health professions.

Program Details

MSc in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Program structure

  • MSc: 2 years is the typical time to complete

Degree requirements

MSc in Anatomy & Neurobiology

  • at least 2 credits (12 credit hours) of courses, including:
    • ANAT 5201.03: Research Laboratory Techniques in Anatomy and Neurobiology I (3 credit hours)


As part of the degree requirements, you are expected to assist with laboratory teaching in anatomy courses offered by the department to undergraduate and professional students in their second year of study and beyond. The amount of teaching is between 20 and 40 hours per year.


You are expected to attend departmental seminars. You are encouraged to give a seminar in your second year of study.

Chosing a research supervisor

Before you begin, you'll need to find a supervisor who is able to support your research interests and has the capacity to take on the added responsibility. This individual will be an important part of your supervisory committee. Start by checking out our faculty profiles, then get in touch with them directly.

Assemble a supervisory committee

In consultation with your supervisor, you need to assemble a supervisory committee. The recommended composition of the supervisory committee is your supervisor and two additional faculty members. Although faculty from other departments can be members, at least one member (other than your supervisor) should be from the department.

The function of the supervisory committee is to evaluate and advise you about your thesis research and to evaluate the progress of your academic study and research. The Faculty of Graduate Studies suggests you organize meetings at least twice a year, with at least one per year as the minimum.

Thesis work

You must prepare a written thesis and defend it orally before an examination committee. The defense typically consists of the Supervisory Committee plus one new additional member.

Thesis deadlines: For May convocation, the thesis must be submitted to FGS early in April. For October convocation, the thesis must be submitted to FGS early in September.

Important dates

Check out the important deadlines for graduate students. These include funding deadlines, the final thesis submissions deadline and registration deadlines.