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MSc Psychology & Neuroscience

Combining disciplines

At Dalhousie, we view the combined MSc Psychology and Neuroscience program as a foundation of knowledge that students use to build toward a PhD degree. In other words, our master's program is not a traditional stand-alone degree program.

Students in this program are expected to do research in experimental psychology neuroscience and move on to a PhD program upon completion of their master's degree.

Program Details

Master of Science in Psychology & Neuroscience (MSc)

Choose a research supervisor

Before you begin your studies at Dalhousie, we encourage you to visit our department or correspond by email with faculty members whose research interests you. The best way to find a research supervisor whose interests match yours is to:

  • Discuss ideas and projects with prospective supervisors
  • Ask faculty for descriptions of possible research projects
  • Write to the Graduate Secretary for general information

Program structure

Students entering with an honours degree in their area of research are admitted into a master's program with a one-year residency requirement. Occasionally, when a student does not have an honours degree in their area of research, they may be admitted into a program with a two-year residency requirement. In addition to the master's thesis, which is the major requirement of this program, the master's student must complete the following classes:

  • Neuroscience 6100.06 (the core curriculum)
  • Psychology 7501.03 and 7502.03 Proseminar in Methods of Psychological Inquiry (both must be completed in the same year)
  • At least 1/2 credit of class work in the quantitative/analytical area

The Graduate Program Coordinator, in collaboration with the student and supervisor, will assess the needs of the student and determine any other requirements beyond the minimum outlined above.

During each residency year, master's students must register for and attend a colloquium series and will be required to serve as a teaching assistant in our undergraduate program. This consists of working as a laboratory instructor, seminar leader, or teaching assistant. Master's students must register for Psychology 9000 (Thesis).

Application Deadlines

Applications must be received by December 1.