How to apply

Academic background

You must have an undergraduate degree to enter any graduate program at the University of Victoria. Your undergraduate degree can be in any discipline, but traditionally, students in the neuroscience program have backgrounds in biology, biochemistry, mathematics, pharmacology, physics, physiology, psychology, and zoology.

Application Process

Step 1: Find a prospective supervisor

Before applying, all potential graduate students must find a position with a neuroscience faculty member willing to supervise them in their graduate studies. You are responsible for finding your own supervisor.

First, review the different research areas of the neuroscience faculty and contact prospective supervisor(s) by email to confirm if a position is available.  Attach your CV, unofficial transcript(s), and contact information for 2 references to this email. It is strongly recommended you include a letter outlining your research interests and relevant experience. 

If a supervisor confirms by email that a position is available and agrees to supervise you, forward this email to the Graduate Program Administrator and proceed to the next step of the application process.

If no potential supervisors confirm by email that a position is available, you cannot move on to the next step as you will not be considered for graduate studies.

Step 2: Apply to the Faculty of Graduate Studies

After a supervisor confirms by email that a position is available and they agree to supervise you, you need to submit an application for graduate studies at UVic.

See the Graduate Studies website for steps involved in submitting an application to UVic. Note, you will identify your home department as your supervisor's home department. 

Step 3: Faculty of Graduate Studies application evaluation

UVic Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) will evaluate your application documents. 

If your application is approved, FGS will notify you by email and forward your application documents to the Neuroscience Graduate Program Committee for review.

You will also be notified by email if FGS identifies any irregularities in your application.

Step 4: Neuroscience Graduate Program Committee application decision

You will be admitted to the Neuroscience Graduate Program only if the Neuroscience Graduate Program Committee approves your application and if funding is in place. The Graduate Program Administrator will notify you the decision by email.

Admission deadlines

The neuroscience graduate program accepts applications on an ongoing basis, however, to be considered for the first round of graduate fellowships, we suggest you apply by January 15th (for the September-to-December semester).

See the University Calendar for a list of important dates for the year.