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Description & Application

Description & Application

Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science (NACS)

The MSc and PhD programs in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science provide training for students interested in the integrative functioning of the brain. This program encompasses:  basic cognitive processes, behavioural neuroscience, cognitive ergonomics, cognitive neuroscience, developmental and life-span cognition, and foundations of cognitive science.  Students in these disciplines have the opportunity to learn about the interdisciplinary work of other students, faculty and outside researchers in the weekly seminar in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science research seminar.  Additionally, students take courses specific to their research.  A unique feature of this area of study is the practicum that provides students with additional specific training in a research laboratory, hospital, government agency, or non-government agency.  As well, if desired, NACS students may also combine their Psychology degree with entry into one of two Collaborative programs at the University of Guelph: the Collaborative Neuroscience program or the Collaborative Toxicology program, as described below.

Collaborative Neuroscience Program - MSc/PhD

The Collaborative Neuroscience program provides a specialization for students engaged in research in the rapidly expanding field of neuroscience by permitting students to combine their departmental degree program with multidisciplinary exposure to the field of neuroscience. This unique combination of multidisciplinary studies provides students with the best possible foundation for academic careers in neuroscience and related areas. The program includes participation from core faculty in the following departments: Biomedical Science, Clinical Studies, Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, Integrative Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Psychology and Animal and Poultry Science.

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 Collaborative Toxicology Program - MSc/PhD

The interdepartmental collaborative program is the focal point for graduate teaching and research in toxicology. Students wishing to undertake graduate studies at the MSc or PhD level with emphasis on toxicology will be admitted by the Psychology department and will register in both the Psychology department and in the collaborative program.

The course credits must include the toxicology courses TOX*6000 and TOX*6200. 

Click here for more information on the Graduate Program for Toxicology.

 

Overview

The MSc and PhD programs in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science will provide students with the tools to investigate the integrative functioning of the brain.  The research areas represented within this program include: basic cognitive processes, behavioural neuroscience, cognitive ergonomics, cognitive neuroscience, developmental and life-span cognition, and foundations of cognitive science.   Students are given specific research and course training in their research field and are exposed to broader interdisciplinary research in the Research Seminar in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science. Graduate study in this program provides students with skills they will need as researchers and professionals. A unique opportunity in this program is the opportunity for students to acquire skills outside of the laboratory of their supervisor in a practicum that may be held in a hospital, government agency, non-government agency or a research laboratory.  This may include learning a new technique in a laboratory other that of the supervisor.

 

Program of Study

1. Preparatory Course Work

Students will acquire knowledge and skills necessary to carry out Neuroscience and Cognitive Science research in academic and/or applied settings. At the Masters level, this will involve a course in Research Design and Statistics, a course in Research Ethics (Animal research ethics or Human research ethics), at least one elective in their specific field of research and the Research Seminar in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science.  PhD students take Research Seminar in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science, at least three electives and must pass a qualifying exam.

Research Seminar in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science A (first year MSc)

Research Seminar in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science B (all other graduate students)

The Research Seminar in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science is required for all students each year of the MSc and PhD programs. This forum provides students with the opportunity to present their research findings and learn about the research of other scientists in these fields. Students have the opportunity to get to know each other and meet faculty and students from other departments. The ability to learn from and communicate with researchers in other fields is a valuable skill that will enable students to thrive in the diverse and rapidly changing areas of Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science.

2. Practicum

One of the unique features of the University of Guelph's Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science MSc program is the practicum. Students will complete a practicum in a variety of research settings, including government agencies, hospitals, businesses, and other research laboratories. The practicum may involve learning a new technique in a laboratory other than that of the advisor.  Practicum experiences will be tailored to the student's interests, and will enable student to acquire and refine skills and develop professional contacts. PhD may complete a more intensive practicum experience which is credited as two electives.

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3. Thesis research

Students will carry out an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty supervisor. All students are expected to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week towards progress on their thesis.

 

Sequence of Courses

MSc Program

Required Courses for all students: 

  • Research Design and Statistics (PSYC*6060)
  • Ethical Issues in Psychology (PSYC*6880) or Animal Care Short Course (UNIV 6600)
  • Practicum I (PSYC*6471)
  • Research Seminar in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science A (PSYC*6740) Year 1
  • Research Seminar in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science B (PSYC*6760) Year 2
  • Thesis 

Electives for students in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science.
One from following list:

  • Foundations of Cognitive Science (PSYC*6780)
  • Memory and Cognition (PSYC*6790)
  • Neurobiology of Learning (PSYC*6800)
  • Neuropsychology (PSYC*6810)
  • Principles of Neuroscience (NEUR*6000)

Students in the Collaborative Neuroscience Program must take the following two courses:

  • Principles of Neuroscience (NER*6000) 
  • Seminar in Neuroscience (NEUR*6100) 

Students in the Collaborative Toxicology Program must take the following two courses:

  • Advanced Principles of Toxicology (TOX*6000)
  • Advanced Topics in Toxicology (TOX*6200) 

Please note that MA/MSc students currently enrolled in the department, who wish to continue to the PhD, must also apply by the application deadline associated with their field of study. The process is the same as for Masters' applications except for GREs and TOEFL (if applicable), which were submitted with their Masters' application.

 

 PhD Program

Required Courses for all students:

  • Research Seminar in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science B (PSYC*6760 must be taken each year of the program)
  • For students coming from other Masters programs, Ethical Issues in Psychology (PSYC*6880) or Animal Care Short Course (UNIV 6600)
  • 3 electives from the MSc list above or from other Departments, with the option of Practicum II (PSYC*6472) which is credited as 2 electives
  • Thesis
  • Qualifying Examination - click here for more information

Students in the Collaborative Neuroscience Program take the following course:

  • Seminar in Neuroscience (NEUR*6100) and Principles of Neuroscience (NEUR*6000) if not taken in the MSc program. 

Students in the Collaborative Toxicology Program take the following courses if they were not taken as part of an MSc program:

  • Advanced Principles of Toxicology (TOX*6000)
  • Advanced Topics in Toxicology (TOX*6200)

Please note that PhD students coming from other programs may be required to take additional courses

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Applications

Who may apply

We encourage applicants with experience in one or more of the fields within Neuroscience, Psychology and Applied Cognitive Science. Students who enter the MSc program will normally have a Bachelors or Honours degree in Psychology or a related field. Students who enter at the PhD level will normally require a Masters degree in a related field. Related fields include, but are not limited to, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Biomedical Science, and Behavioural Neuroscience.

How to apply

To apply for admission, applicants should review the information provided by the links below.  However, applicants to the NACS area require neither the GRE General test nor the GRE Subject (Psychology) test.  Additionally, please be explicit about faculty with whom you wish to work when you outline your research plan in the Psychology Department Graduate Studies Admission questionnaire. To be considered in the NACS area for the upcoming fall term, applications and associated documents should be in no later than January 15. 

For more detailed information about Admission and Application Instructions see http://www.psychology.uoguelph.ca  

To discuss the Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science program, contact Harvey H. C. Marmurek, hmarmure@uoguelph.ca



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