Neuroscience is one of the most exciting and rapidly advancing fields in all of the life sciences. At Laurier, we take a broadly integrative perspective, examining the interaction between behaviour, cognition and the nervous system across a diverse set of species from fish to humans, ranging in scale from populations, to individuals, to cells, on timescales ranging from milliseconds to generations.
In our program, you’ll hit the ground running and start conducting research with a faculty adviser in the fall of your first year. Over the course of 16 to 24 months, with the close mentorship of your adviser, you’ll learn how to develop a program of research, use research methodologies and statistical techniques, present your work in talks and posters, and communicate your research as an expert in the field.
You'll form close bonds with faculty and peers through small, intensive courses, research lab groups, and regular area meetings including seminars and journal clubs.
Our research interests are interconnected, focusing on the mechanisms underlying:
The objectives of the MSc program are to develop competence in designing, conducting and evaluating research in the neurosciences. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for doctoral studies, or for employment in an environment requiring research skills.
Our facilities allow faculty members and students to employ a rich diversity of tools and techniques including:
In addition, a field station is equipped to study large groups of freely behaving animals to study the neural mechanisms organizing complex social behaviour.
Four half-credit courses and a thesis constitute the degree requirements. Considerable emphasis is placed on developing and completing the thesis.
For more information about the Cognitive and Behavioural Neurosciences program, as well as admissions-related inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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