Master of Science in Neuroscience

Effective from Semester A 2023/2024


香港城市大學 修課式研究生課程 2023年招生宣講
Admission Talk (Chinese Only)

7 December 2022 (Wednesday)
7:45–8:00 pm (Hong Kong Time)

Introduction of MSc Neuroscience
by Dr Geoffrey C. Y. Lau

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Master of Science in Neuroscience Poster
Programme Poster  

What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, its functions and structure. The nervous system controls human behavior, emotions, thinking, physical functions, conscious and unconscious movements. Even now, we still do not fully understand this most complex system, and many questions remain to be answered. Moreover, much awaits to be discovered about how the dysfunction of nervous system can lead to neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Programme Aims

  • Provide students with diverse background of undergraduate education with updated knowledge and practical techniques of basic and translational neuroscience
  • Provide students with knowledge and encourage them to critically think about emerging neuroscience and neuroscience-related interdisciplinary research, technology, education, and industries, and to prepare them for a career in this growing multi-disciplinary field
  • Educate healthcare and non-healthcare professionals with updated relevant knowledge of neuroscience and neuropsychiatric diseases.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

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

  1. Understand how the anatomy and physiology of our nervous system enable the various functions such as learning and memory, sensory and motor function, and emotion.
  2. Understand how dysfunction of the nervous system can lead to neurological and psychiatric disorders, and how new therapeutics can be developed to treat them.
  3. Critically evaluate the latest research literature and apply it to provide solutions to current issues in nervous system health.
  4. Critically analyse, interpret, discuss and justify neuroscientific data.
  5. Communicate effectively, manage skillfully, and work closely with people from diverse education and professional background and experience. Communicate complex translational neuroscience concepts effectively to a variety of audience.

Career Prospects

After graduating from this programme students will have the skills to work in a range of disciplines and settings such as:

  • Education and Research
  • Private sector (health care organisations, pharmaceutical industry and consulting)
  • PhD studies in Neuroscience

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University's general entrance requirements and the following programme entrance requirements:

  • For admission to MSN, applicants should possess a recognised undergraduate degree in Life Science/ Bioengineering/ Psychology/ Medicine/ Dentistry/ Veterinary Medicine/ Biostatistics or a related discipline.
  • Preference for admission will be given to individuals who have completed a holistic undergraduate education with knowledge covering statistics, neuroscience, psychology, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, medicine, animal science, and bioengineering.
  • Additional attention will be paid to students, who have little training in health-related area to ensure that they can follow the progress of the programme.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English should also fulfil the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • A score of 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (internet- based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)@#; or
  • An overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)@; or
  • A score of 450 in band 6 of the Chinese mainland’s College English Test (CET6); or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

@ TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University's application period.
# Applicants are required to arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

In view of the recent development of COVID-19, “TOEFL iBT Home Edition” and “IELTS Indicator”, as indicated below, are accepted as equivalent qualifications for the fulfillment of the University’s minimum English proficiency requirement for admission to TPg programmes with immediate effect for 2022/23 cohort:

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition: a score of 79; or
  • IELTS Indicator: an overall band score of 6.5

Programme Curriculum (30 credit units)

Core Courses (15 credit units)

Course Code Course Title Level Credit Units Course Offering Term*
NS5001 Research Methodology and Ethics P5 3 Semester A 2023/24
NS5002 Neurobiology of Disease P5 3 Semester B 2023/24
NS5003 Neural Basis of Learning and Memory P5 3 Semester B 2023/24
NS5004 Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience P5 3 Semester A 2023/24
BMS8108 Advanced Neuroscience R8 3 Semester A 2023/24


5 electives (a total of 15 credit units) or
NS6001 + 3 electives (a total of 15 credit units)

Course Code Course Title Level Credit Units Course Offering Term*
NS5005 Sensory and Motor Neuroscience P5 3 Semester B 2023/24
NS5006 Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience P5 3 Semester B 2023/24
NS5007 Human and Artificial Intelligence P5 3 Semester A 2023/24
NS6001 Research Project in Neuroscience P6 6 Semester B 2023/24 and
Semester A 2023/24
NS6002 Advanced Computational Neuroscience P6 3 Semester B 2023/24
BMS8106 Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine R8 3 Semester A 2023/24
BMS8110 Genomics and Bioinformatics R8 3 Semester A 2023/24

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice

For application procedures, please refer to SGS website.

For enquiry, please email to ns.tpg@cityu.edu.hk