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Neuroscience (PhD)

Our PhD program is a full-time program that focuses on independent and original research. Your experimental research will serve as the basis of your dissertation which you will defend in an oral examination. In preparation for writing your dissertation, you will also complete a candidacy exam.

This program emphasizes the connections between the core areas in neuroscience. These core areas include learning and memory, synaptic function, developmental neuroscience, sensory motor systems, and disease and industry.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Students in this program will gain:

  • an in-depth knowledge of their chosen research area
  • a breadth of knowledge on neuroscientific methods 
  • mastery of experimental design and methods 
  • advanced skills in quantitative data analysis and interpretation
  • scientific writing, presentation and knowledge translation skills

Find a supervisor

PhD students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • You must list a potential supervisor on your application.
  • This faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission.
  • Include an email from your supervisor with your application.

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you’ve found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Leigh Anne Swayne

Professor Cell biology of neuronal and cardiomyocyte structural and functional plasticity as it pertains to neurodevelopment, neurological disease, and aging. Relevance to neurodevelopmental disorders, neurodegenerative disease, brain inflammation associated with infection, brain injury, stroke, cardiac arrhythmias, and structural heart disease. Key expertise in microscopy and protein biochemistry techniques.

Lisa Kalynchuk

Vice-President Research & Innovation

Marie-Ève Tremblay

Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) of Neurobiology of Aging and Cognition

Raad Nashmi

Associate Professor

Stephanie Willerth

Associate Professor

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Contact Kailah Sebastian at or 250-853-3129.

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