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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Neuroscience


The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Neuroscience is a one-year qualification which builds on an undergraduate degree. The PGDipSci can be undertaken in two ways. One option consists of four postgraduate papers, including NEUR 490 (60 points) in which you will conduct your own research and write about it. Alternatively, you can opt to take NEUR 480 (40 points), which has a smaller research project component, and choose four other postgraduate papers.

The postgraduate papers that you take will depend on your background and your interests.

If you choose the NEUR 490 option, then the PGDipSci may be used for direct entry to a PhD or a one-year Master of Science (MSc). If you choose NEUR 480 then the PGDipSci may be used for direct entry to a one-year MSc.

If you have a degree with a major other than Neuroscience, you may be eligible for Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci). Admission under these circumstances decided by the Deputy Director.

Eligibility for the PGDipSci in Neuroscience

To be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Neuroscience, you must have:

  • A BSc degree majoring in Neuroscience
  • At least a B average over the four 300-level papers required for the degree
  • A supervisor for your dissertation

How to find a supervisor

Programme requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Neuroscience



(i)Papers with PSYC codes are worth 10 points each and all other papers are worth 20 points each.
(ii)PHSL 474 may be taken only by students supervised in the Department of Physiology.
(iii)With approval from the Neuroscience Programme Director, one of the listed papers may be replaced by another 400-level paper.
(iv)PSYC 432 may count toward these subject requirements if taken during years during which it was offered as Special Topic: Social and Affective Neuroscience.