Master of Philosophy (MPhil) / Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Neuroscience


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.


Neuroscience is a rapidly growing discipline that acknowledges the remarkable importance of the brain, the most complicated biological machine. Modern neuroscientists have skills suited for a variety of career options including research, education, industry and medicine, to name a few. The field is driven by discovery and translational research that is interdisciplinary in nature and benefits from City University’s strong programs in biomedical sciences, computational science, applied mathematics and engineering. Neuroscience is entering a period of extraordinary opportunity for translating basic findings into treatments for diseases such as stroke, dementia and Parkinson disease. Research is conducted across a broad range of topics from the molecules that underlie neuronal communication to the mechanisms of sensory perception to the events that underlie memory and learning. Major research areas include:

  • The physiology and neurochemistry of memory and learning
  • Psychophysics of visual and auditory perception
  • Normal and abnormal functions of neuronal circuits
  • Neurophysiology of animal behavior
  • The pathophysiology of nerve and brain injury and repair
  • Neuroglial cell functions in normal and disease states


Study Period

Code Programme Full-time Part-time
NS/M MPhil Neuroscience 2 years 4 years
NS/P PhD Neuroscience 4 years 8 years

Programme Information

MPhil Neuroscience

PhD Neuroscience

Class Schedule

Daytime / Evening on weekdays and daytime on Saturdays

Medium of Instruction, Assessment & Thesis Presentation


Cross-Institutional Course Enrolment Scheme

To enhance the opportunities for postgraduate students to access to courses and expertise at local universities in Hong Kong, students may take courses offered by the other UGC-funded tertiary institutions (CUHK, HKBU, HKIEd, HKU, HKUST, LU and PolyU) as electives through Cross-Institutional Course Enrolment Scheme.

Additional Notes

  1. Students are required to take a COMPULSORY one credit unit course “Teaching Students: First Steps” (SG8001).
    1. Individual students with insufficient English proficiency may be required to take a one credit unit course “English for the Medium of Instruction (SG8002)” before they are allowed to enrol into SG8001.
    2. The credit units earned from SG8001 and SG8002 will NOT be counted towards the fulfilment of coursework requirements of 14 credit units for PhD and 7 credit units for MPhil.
  2. Students admitted in 2018/2019 and thereafter are required to take a compulsory online training course on research integrity, namely Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Programme).

Research Degree Coordinator

Research Degree Coordinator Professor Sir Colin Blakemore
Deputy Research Degree Coordinators Dr Youngjin Lee
Dr Sungchil Yang

Useful Links

Academic Information / Guidebook

Approved Courses for Research Students

Guidebook for Research Degree Studies

Important Notes on Coursework Plan and Course Registration

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