Prospective Students


IPN Programs of Study

The IPN offers programs of study which lead to either the M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees. The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office has information for prospective graduate students. The objective of the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs is to provide in-depth research experience in a specific area of neuroscience in order to develop individuals capable of independent research and scholarly activity in industry, government or academia.

Master's of Science (M.Sc.)

Most successful BSc applicants are admitted into the MSc stream, even if a PhD degree is their ultimate objective. Students registered in the MSc program may be permitted to transfer to the PhD program wihtout submitting a MSc thesis. MSc students are expected to complete their degree in 2 (maxiumum of 3) years.

Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)

Students who have a graduate degree enter the IPN in PhD2. Outstanding undergraduate students who have extensive research experience, may be considered for PhD1. Please consult admissions office (ipn.admissions [at] before applying to PhD1. Doctoral candidates are expected to complete their degrees by PhD5 (maxiumum PhD7.) 

PhD Rotation Program: for students with at least a Bachelor's degree who may prefer to broaden their research experience prior to undertaking a PhD in a specific research area.

MD-PhD: McGill MD-Ph.D. students may fulfill the PhD portion of their degree in the IPN and should apply to PhD upon acceptance to the MD-PhD program.

Questions? Contact an IPN Student Representative!

What makes the IPN so special?

• The IPN at McGill University is an inter-disciplinary, inter-departmental graduate program, that produces world-class neuroscientists.

• IPN provides graduate training in the outstanding research environments of McGill university and the city of Montreal, which has one of the highest concentration of neuroscientists in North America. 

• Internationally renowned, McGill University has a rich history of achievements in neuroscience.

• With over 300 graduate students and more than 230 supervisors, the Integrated Program in Neuroscience is one of the largest neuroscience graduate programs in North America.


Program Content

Diversity of Research

With so many professors to choose from, neuroscience training within the IPN spans the full spectrum of research fields, from cellular and molecular neuroscience to behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.

Networking within IPN

In addition to laboratory research, the IPN offers an extensive range of courses, hosts an annual Neuroscience Retreat and maintains a seminar program to facilitate communication between students in different neuroscience disciplines.

Future Careers

Neuroscience trainees from McGill have gone on to successful careers in academia and industry. McGill and IPN are aware of the importance of developing professional, non-academic skills for your employment prospects. Numerous, free workshops are offered to all our graduate students to help you become sought-after graduates.

Requirements for Graduation

Our Student Tracking Database helps our students hit their milestones and graduate in a timely fashion

MSc Requirements (Opens in a new tab/window)
PhD Requirements (Opens in a new tab/window)

Why McGill?


McGill University is located in downtown Montreal, one of the most unique, cosmopolitan and vibrant cities in North America. The city boasts exceptional cultural diversity and the prevalence of the French language and culture gives it a distinctly European ambiance.

Quality of Life

McGill was ranked number 1 by Maclean's magazine among institutions with medical schools and a broad range of PhD programs.

In the 2017 QS Best Student City Rankings, Montreal was crowned the best student city in the world, unseating Paris to take the top spot.

Hanging Out

There are many downtown clubs and active local music and arts scenes. Summer activities in Montreal include the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Just for Laughs Festival, the Montreal International Film Festival and numerous other smaller events.

Living Downtown

Many students who work on the main campus live downtown, within 10-20 minutes walk of their labs. The Douglas Hospital and the Lady Davis Institute, two other important sites of IPN neuroscience research are a short drive from downtown - or easily reachable via public transportation.

Cost of Living

Apartments are plentiful near the main campus. Rents are surprisingly low compared to other major North American cities. Your stipend will get you further than you think!


Browse McGill's new viewbooks here for more information!

McGill Viewbook - English [.pdf] 

McGill Viewbook - Français [.pdf]

IPN Supervisor Database

Currently, more than 230 Professors from various departments, hospitals and research institutes are supervisors in the IPN. Use the database to find your graduate supervisor!

It is not compulsory to have found a supervisor at the time of application. However, all students must find an IPN supervisor with stipend funding (although IPN always encourages all its students to apply for external awards) before they can enter the program. Our office will work to ensure that all applicants have an equal opportunity of obtaining a lab placement/supervisor by listing acceptable files on our database for supervisors to view; however, it is ultimately the responsibility of applicants and researchers to make contact with each other to arrange for such placements.



The IPN Letter of Understanding between Supervisor and Student


Ensure you know the responsibilities of supervisor and student before you start in the IPN. IPN has implemented a Letter of Understanding (LoU) that must be accepted by student and supervisor, before the supervisor may take on the student. Once filled out by the supervisor, the letter should detail what is expected of the student, e.g. the number of hours to work in the lab, conference attendance policy, lab policy on publications etc. The LoU was introduced to protect both student and supervisor in case of conflict, and also to clarify the nature of how each lab is run. Students MUST read this carefully. If a student thinks some of the expectations are unreasonable, they should be negotiated with the supervisor before the student agrees to the letter. A blank copy of the Letter of Understanding can be found here: PDF icon Letter of Understanding