Why choose Neuroscience at UBC?

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Learn about the NRSC core courses and recommended electives to build your knowledge.

Lectures and Seminars
Learn about the many lectures and seminars offered by the program and related research sites.

Learn about the many scholarships, awards and bursaries that are available to our graduate students.

Learn about the student association that organizes many of the academic and social events for the students in our program.

Life at UBC and in Vancouver
Learn about the student association that organizes many of the academic and social events for the students in our program.


Our Program

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary program administered under the Faculty of Medicine and the Brain Research Centre at the University of British Columbia. It offers a coordinated program of graduate studies leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Neuroscience. The objective of the program is to educate graduate students as neuroscientists with intensive experience in at least one area of research, and to ensure that students in the Program develop a broadly based knowledge of the Neurosciences. The program is directed by the Chairman of the Neuroscience Advisory Committee, Dr. Tim O’Connor, and comprises some 100 faculty members representing 13 departments from the Faculties of Medicine, Science and Arts at the University of British Columbia. Laboratory and teaching areas are located across the UBC campus, at the University Hospital and the Vancouver Hospital.

Our faculty have research collaborations that span across departments, industries, and international borders. Although the program is inter-departmental, various regular seminars, journal clubs, and invited lectures provide ample opportunity to meet and discuss current topics in neuroscience. The program encourages its graduate students to participate in the many academic and social events organized by the Brain Research Centre and by the program's student association. The Neuroscience Graduate Student Association (NRSC.GSA) gives a clear voice to the student interests, and is incredibly active in organizing regular events and social activities, including cross-program socials, Pub Nights and BBQs. Visit the NRSC.GSA to learn more.

The program aims for flexibility so that the individual needs, background and interests of each student can be accommodated.

Sites of Research: From Bench to Bedside

Neuroscience faculty are spread among various departments and research institutes affiliated with the University of British Columbia. For more information on specific departments and research institutes, please refer to the relevant websites.

Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience is the primary academic program associated with the newly announced Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (CBH). The CBH is the successor to the UBC Brain Research Centre, formed in 2005. The CBH is a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and encompasses more than 200 investigators and clinicians with broad expertise in neuroscience. The new CBH building is located on campus at the UBC Hospital.

Life Science Centre, UBC campus

The Life Sciences Institute (LSI) at UBC is the largest such institute in Canada and among the best by any metric. Our vision of the LSI is to maintain and improve on its international standing in basic life science research and to become the technology driver for the implementation of personalized medicine in BC.

UBC Department of Psychiatry

The UBC Department of Psychiatry has a long history of internationally recognized neuroscience research, and continues to be home to some of the most highly respected neuroscience labs in the country. Kinsman laboratory for neurological research, Detwiller Pavilion.

UBC Department of Psychology

The psychology department is home to more than 50 faculty members conduct cutting-edge research across the spectrum of psychology, representing these sub-disciplinary specializations: Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive Science, Developmental, Health, Qualitative Methods and Social/Personality. Kenny Building, UBC Campus.

Center for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics

At CMMT we advance knowledge to understand and treat major diseases impacting children and adults. Researchers at CMMT explore the genetic basis of disease and translate this knowledge into new prevention, diagnosis and treatment strategies. Among the unique advantages of CMMT are flexibility; the ability to develop, evaluate and incorporate ideas; and to move rapidly into promising areas. We promote research excellence and innovation, provide flexible funding to researchers, and foster a collaborative environment that enhances the ability to reach goals in a time effective manner. We are part of University of British Columbia and are located at the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI).


ICORD is a world leading health research centre focused on spinal cord injury. From the lab-based cellular level of understanding injury to rehabilitation and recovery, our researchers are dedicated to the development and translation of more effective strategies to promote prevention, functional recovery, and improved quality of life after spinal cord injury. Located at Vancouver General Hospital in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, ICORD is supported by UBC Faculty of Medicine and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

Michael Smith's Genome Sciences Centre

The Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre is a leading international centre for genomics and bioinformatics research. Our mandate is to advance knowledge about cancer and other diseases, to improve human health through disease prevention, diagnosis and therapeutic approaches, and to realize the social and economic benefits of genomics research.

Prostate Centre and Jack Bell Research Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre has a large, multidisciplinary research program that undertakes basic, clinical, translational and patient research. The research focus is aimed at discovering the reasons for cancer progression and treatment resistance at the molecular level and using this information to develop new services and products to improve cancer outcomes.

St. Paul's Hospital

As an Academic Health Science Centre affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Providence Health Care's St. Paul's Hospital has a long history of delivering compassionate patient care, educating future medical professionals and conducting high quality, peer-reviewed research.

Child and Family Research Institute at BC Womens' Hospital

The Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI) is committed to world-class research spanning a wide range of children's and women's health concerns. It is the largest research institute of its kind in Western Canada. Developmental Neurosciences and Child Health brings together a diverse group of researchers who make discoveries that enable innovative interventions to improve the well-being of children, youth and families. Our diversity promotes synergy among developmental, neurobiological, behavioral, pharmacological, psychosocial and environmental sciences: in short, from neurons to neighbourhoods. Our focus is improved medical and surgical treatments, rehabilitation, prevention and health promotion.

Vancouver General Hospital