Rather than study in “classical” disciplines such as anatomy or physiology, students are placed with a supervisor who is a member of a multidisciplinary research group. This multidisciplinary scheme greatly facilitates the development of individual research programs, especially with respect to collaborations involving different techniques and model systems. Students are encouraged to take advantage of such collaborations to enhance the scope and quality of their thesis research.
The purpose of the graduate program is to educate independent, reliable, and competent research neuroscientists. Although many holders of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees find employment that does not directly involve research, having such degrees implies that an individual is able to pursue a research problem to a meaningful conclusion. The main role of the program is to provide a favourable environment both for creative research and for the acquisition of a basic body of knowledge in the neurosciences. The Master of Science and doctoral degrees are distinguished both in the degree of originality expected in the candidate’s research, and in the normal course load undertaken. Members of the Department of Neuroscience, other than the supervisor, have an important role to play in each student’s training.
Further information on applications and admission, and the research interests of individual Program members can be obtained from the Graduate Program Administrator, Neuroscience Graduate Program, Graduate Science Education, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Room G329, Health Sciences Centre, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1. Faculty research interests can also be accessed on the Neuroscience Program website at cumming.ucalgary.ca/gse/programs/neuroscience or the Hotchkiss Brain Institute website at hbi.ucalgary.ca/index.php.
Courses in Neuroscience are offered under the auspices of the Department of Medical Science and are listed in this Calendar in the Courses of Instruction section.