Students with an M.Sc. degree continuing in this Department will receive credit exemptions for graduate coursework accomplished (including NEUR 630, and either NEUR 631 or NEUR 610). It may be recommended that they take specialty courses related to their field of study in neuroscience. Students with an M.Sc. degree from another program will be required to take NEUR 630 and NEUR 631 and/or other courses listed under the M.Sc. degree depending upon their background and field of study.
Students with an M.D. degree proceeding directly into a Ph.D. program will be required to take NEUR 630 and NEUR 631. Recently graduated M.D.s should have the equivalent of NEUR 610, and may be granted equivalence. They will also be required to take 6 credits of graduate-level courses.
A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.
Required Courses (3 credits)
Note: A student may receive an exemption if the student can display equivalency for NEUR 630.
NEUR 630 Principles of Neuroscience 1 (3 credits)
Neurology and Neurosurgery : An overview of cellular and molecular neuroscience at the graduate level. Topics include: synthesis, processing and intracellular transport of macromolecules; development of the nervous system including neurogenesis, axonal pathfinding, synaptogenesis and myelination; neuronal survival and response to injury; generation and propagation of action potentials; neurotransmitters and synaptic transmission.
Terms: Fall 2012
Instructors: Alyson Elise Fournier, Per Jesper Sjostrom, Peter Scott McPherson (Fall)
NEUR 700 Doctoral Candidacy Examination
Neurology and Neurosurgery : A qualifying examination consisting of a formal presentation and oral examination of the thesis proposal. The questioning will pertain to the student's knowledge and understanding of his/her field of specialization in neuroscience as well as the research proposal. Its primary purpose is to evaluate the student's ability to carry out original scholarship. (The Candidacy Examination course is also conducted as part of the Transfer seminar for all students currently registered in the M.Sc. program who apply for transfer to the Ph.D.)
Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013
Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.
NEUR 705 Responsible Research Conduct
Neurology and Neurosurgery : Introduction to the ethics of scientific research and publication and to the distinctions between appropriate scientific conduct and scientific misconduct.
Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013
Instructors: Emily Bell (Fall)
Restriction: Restricted to graduate students in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience
Complementary Courses (11 credits)
(9 - 11 credits)
Students must take one of the following courses:
NEUR 610 Central Nervous System (5 credits)
Neurology and Neurosurgery : An interdisciplinary course including lectures in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology; laboratories in neuroanatomy, and clinical problems and demonstrations in neurology.
Terms: Winter 2013
Instructors: Colin H Chalk (Winter)
NEUR 631 Principles of Neuroscience 2 (3 credits)
Neurology and Neurosurgery : An overview of the structure, function and interaction of neuronal systems of vertebrates. Topics include basic neuroanatomy, coding and processing of sensory information (somatic sensory, visual and auditory systems), control of posture and voluntary movement, learning and memory, processing of language and speech, cerebral blood flow, the neuroendocrine system and neuroimmunology.
Terms: Winter 2013
Instructors: Jens Pruessner (Winter)
Prerequisite: A knowledge of basic mechanisms of biology, physiology, and anatomy as covered by respective undergraduate classes is expected and necessary to succeed in this course.
Restriction: Students must be enrolled in a graduate program at McGill University. Students from other universities, as well as undergraduate students from McGill require special permission from the Instructor.
Two courses at the 500, 600, or 700 level, approved by the graduate program adviser.