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The neuroscience graduate program is a multidisciplinary program, combining faculty from several UVic departments:

  • Division of Medical Sciences
  • Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Department of Biology
  • School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education

Our neuroscience graduate program focuses on cellular and cognitive neurosciences, reflecting UVic's two major neuroscience research streams.

The program emphasizes connections between the core areas in neuroscience: learning and memory, synaptic function, developmental neuroscience, sensory motor systems, and disease and injury. We encourage students to develop competencies in more than one area.

Degree programs offered

Our MSc in neuroscience is a full-time research degree with a thesis requirement and coursework. Your thesis will be based on your own intensive, original research.

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

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MSc 2 years Yes No
PhD 4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Learning and memory
  • Synaptic function
  • Developmental neuroscience
  • Sensory motor systems
  • Disease and injury
  • Cognition and neuropsychology

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program 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

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

Bob Chow

Associate professor Our lab is interested in the mechanisms that regulate embryonic and postnatal development.

Craig Brown

Associate Professor

Gautam Awatramani

Associate Professor

Jodie Gawryluk

Associate Professor

John Taylor

Associate Professor

Leigh Anne Swayne

Associate 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

Marie-Ève Tremblay

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

Olav Krigolson

Associate professor

Patrick Nahirney

Associate Professor

Raad Nashmi

Associate Professor

Sandra Hundza

Associate professor

Stephanie Willerth

Associate Professor

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • For September entry only: Both Canadian and International students must apply by February 15 to be considered for a University of Victoria Fellowship.

We recommend that applications be submitted a minimum of 3 months prior to the proposed entry date for Canadian applicants, and a minimum of six months prior to the proposed entry date for international applicants.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-853-3129.

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