Why do your MSc in Medical Neuroscience at Dal?

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.

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 Medical Neuroscience

Program structure

  • MSc: 2 years is the typical time to complete

Degree requirements

MSc candidates must satisfactorily complete:

  • 13 credit hours of courses which include the required MNSC 5200.01 Medical Neuroscience MSc Graduate Seminar (1 credit hour) and MNSC 6101.03 Principles of Neuroscience: Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience (3 credit hours).
  • an additional 9 credit hours of elective courses are required, selected from courses offered by the Department, or where appropriate, from those offered by other departments.
  • thesis research (MNSC 9000.00 MSc Thesis), as well as preparation and oral defence of a thesis is required.


Teaching experience through assisting with the laboratory or other components of courses delivered by either the Department of Medical Neuroscience or other departments at Dalhousie University. MSc students need one term of teaching experience.


You are required to attend departmental seminars. You are also required to give one seminar in your second year of study. These are components of MNSC 5200.

Chosing a research supervisor

Before you begin the application process, you’ll need to find a supervisor who is able to support your research interests and has the capacity to take on the responsibility. Start by checking out our 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 minimum membership for both MSc and PhD supervisory committees is comprised of the student’s research supervisor and two other faculty members including the Chair, at least one of whom is from the Department of Medical Neuroscience. Students with two Co-supervisors will have a four-member committee, including the Chair.

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.

Thesis work

You must prepare a written thesis and defend it orally before an examination committee. The Examination Committee consists of the chair, all members of the Supervisory Committee plus one external examiner.

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 late in August.

Important dates

Check out the Academic Calendar for Graduate Studies for important dates and university regulations.

Degree time limits

Graduate students have a maximum period of time to complete all degree requirements.  The normal upper limits for completion of a Masters degree is 5 years. A student cannot register in a program beyond 10 years from their initial registration.