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The Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience provides York University graduate students with a well-rounded education in neuroscience, creating a solid foundation on which to base their own neuroscience research. Through coursework and the neuroscience seminar series, students meet on a regular basis with like-minded neuroscience colleagues from across the university.

Admission Requirements

Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience applicants must be admitted into the Graduate Programs in Psychology, Kinesiology & Health Sciences, Philosophy, or Biology for their master’s or PhD studies. (If their graduate research involves neuroscience and they are not in one of these programs, they should contact the Graduate Diploma Coordinator.) Applicants must be incoming or current graduate student at the master’s or PhD level whose thesis or dissertation is on a topic in neuroscience and is being conducted under the supervision of a core faculty member of the Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience. Applicants must submit to the steering committee a one paragraph summary of their proposed research and a letter of endorsement from their supervisor supporting the application. Students in the last year of their masters or PhD studies are not eligible to apply.

Diploma Requirements

Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience students must successfully complete the following requirements:

  1. Thesis or Dissertation Topic
    Successful concurrent completion of a master’s thesis or PhD dissertation in the field of neuroscience under the supervision of a core faculty member.
  1. Enrollment and Participation
    Minimum two-year consecutive participation in the Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience.
  1. Coursework
    Successful completion of two half-credit graduate courses in neuroscience:
    Kinesiology & Health Science 6155 3.0: Fundamentals of Neuroscience I: Structures, Neurons and Synapses/Same as Biology 5146 3.0 and Psychology 6257 3.0, and Psychology 6253 3.0: Fundamentals of Neuroscience II: Circuits, Systems and Behaviour/Same as Biology 5147 3.0 and Kinesiology & Health Science 6156 3.0. Please note that these two courses may also count towards the degree requirement of the student’s graduate program.
  1. Neuroscience Seminar
    Attendance at all sessions of the monthly neuroscience seminar series, by both first and second year graduate diploma students.
    First-year graduate diploma students only are required to read monthly seminar articles, submit two questions, and meet with the speaker.
  1. Neuroscience Review Paper
    Successful completion of a neuroscience review paper:
  • the topic must be selected in consultation with the student’s supervisor;
  • the main review paper approval form must be submitted
  • the student must be the sole author;
  • paper must be in journal format (e.g., Nature Reviews);
  • the paper must be approximately 6000 words in length, not including references; and,
  • references must be primarily to original sources and must be extensive enough to thoroughly cover the topic.
  1. Research Day. Research presentation
    A 10-15 minute presentation of students’ own research to members of the graduate diploma, followed by a question and answer period.

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