MSc Neuroscience

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local : 31 Jul 2024
Non-local : Application Closed

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Classes are held during daytime. Classes may be offered in weekday evenings / Saturdays in special cases.

Normal Study Period

1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time / combined mode)

Maximum Study Period

2.5 years (full-time)
5 years (part-time / combined mode)

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Prof Geoffrey LAU
Admissions Tutor
Prof Youngjin LEE
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Programme Aims and Objectives

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 disorders.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

  • 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.
  • Understand how dysfunction of the nervous system can lead to neurological and psychiatric disorders, and how new therapeutics can be developed to treat them.
  • Critically evaluate the latest research literature and apply it to provide solutions to current issues in nervous system health.
  • Critically analyse, interpret, discuss and justify neuroscientific data.
  • 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.
Entrance Requirements

General Entrance Requirements

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

  • 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 fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • A score of 79 (Internet-based test) in 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 start of the University's application period.

# Applicants are required to arrange with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

Programme Content

Students are required to complete 30 credit units for graduation from this Master of Science in Neuroscience (MSN) programme.  MSN will be organized as an interdisciplinary programme with Department of Biomedical Sciences (BMS).


Course Description

Core Courses (15 credit units)

Course Code Course Title Level Credit Units
NS5001 Research Methodology and Ethics P5 3
NS5002 Neurobiology of Disease P5 3
NS5003 Neural Basis of Learning and Memory P5 3
NS5004 Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience P5 3
BMS8108 Advanced Neuroscience R8 3


Elective Courses (15 credit units)*

*Some of the elective courses will be offered subject to sufficient enrolment or every two years.

Course Code Course Title Level Credit Units
NS5005 Sensory and Motor Neuroscience P5 3
NS5006 Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience P5 3
NS5007 Human and Artificial Intelligence P5 3
NS6001 # Research Project in Neuroscience P6 6
NS6002 Advanced Computational Neuroscience P6 3
BMS8106 Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine R8 3
BMS8110 Genomics and Bioinformatics R8 3

#NS6001 Research Project in Neuroscience will normally last for a maximum of two semesters to complete in Semester A and Semester B or Semester B and Summer Term. The quota of NS6001 is subject to the availability in the lab of the faculty.

† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.