Master of Philosophy in Neuroscience
Master of Philosophy in Neuroscience
Award Title
Master of Philosophy
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Neuroscience
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time

Credit Units Required for Graduation

7 and SG8001

Programme Aims

This programme aims to train and produce graduates with an understanding of advanced developments and highly marketable specialist skills in the field of neuroscience, and to meet local and regional requirements in the industrial, commercial, government or education sectors where demand for well-trained neuroscience specialists is steadily increasing. 

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:

1. exhibit intellectual competence necessary for successful academic or relevant professional work;
2. contribute to the generation and development of knowledge in neuroscience and related fields through independent, original, and innovative research;
3. demonstrate specialist subject knowledge and a high level of transferrable skills with an emphasis on discovery-based science.

Programme Requirements

Research Area(s) in which research students will be admitted to:
Neuroscience (discovery-oriented, disease-oriented), Neuropsychology, Biomedical Engineering (nervous system related) and Neurogenetics.

Programme Core Courses: (3 credits)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
BMS8108Advanced Neuroscience3

Courses will be offered subject to sufficient enrolment. 
Students are normally not allowed to apply for credit transfer for core courses.

Research Methodology and Ethics Course(s): (2 credits)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
BMS8001Research Ethics and Methodology2

Students are normally not allowed to apply for credit transfer for BMS8001.
Programme Electives: (2 credits)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
BMS8102Frontiers in Biomedical Sciences2
BMS8103Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology3
BMS8106Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine3
BMS8107Cancer Biology and Precision Medicine3
BMS8110Genomics and Bioinformatics3
BMS8111Immunology and Infectious Diseases3
PH8001Computational Biology, Experimental Design and Data Science3
PH8003Communication Skills-Conference Organisation3

Courses will be offered subject to sufficient enrolment.
Students may also take postgraduate level courses offered by other academic units as electives upon approval from their supervisors and the course offering units. A list of approved courses is available on Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website.
Other Requirements
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
SG8001Teaching Students: First Steps1The credit unit will not be counted towards the 7 credit units of minimum coursework requirements. To be completed in the first year of study.
-Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) programme-An online training course on research integrity. Compulsory for RPg students who admitted in 2018/19 and thereafter. To be completed in the first year of study. Details are available in SGS website.

Qualifying/Annual Report Submission:

Students are required to submit
i. Qualifying Report, of which assessment includes a compulsory oral examination,
        within 6–12 months (full-time) or 9–18 months (part-time) after commencement of their studies, and
ii. Annual Progress Reports
        on an annual basis after the qualifying period
in compliance with the regulations and guidelines set by SGS accessible via the Guidebook for Research Degree Studies on SGS website.

A Qualifying Panel shall be established for each student upon his/her admission. The Panel should consist of at least three faculty members including the student’s supervisor who should be the chair. During the entire study period of the student, the Panel will monitor the student’s performance and progress through the supervisor, assess the Qualifying Report and Annual Progress Reports submitted by the student at regular intervals, and make a recommendation to SGS about the student’s suitability and capability to continue his/her research study.


An MPhil thesis should present the results of research investigation, give evidence of a sound understanding of the area of study, its context and applicability, and make a contribution to knowledge. Students must submit a thesis for examination by the end of their normal study period or the stipulated study period. The thesis examination should include thesis assessment, an oral examination, and any other assessment arrangements required by the Panel of Examiners.

Additional Notes:

Students should always refer to the Guidebook for Research Degree Studies available on SGS website for administrative and operational procedures related to research degree studies at the University. The Department may stipulate a higher standard on the requirements.