NEURO-BEHAVIOURAL BIOLOGY CENTER,
THE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGYFOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT,
MAHIDOL UNIVERSITY
         

The Neuro-Behavioural Biology Center, Institute of Science and Technology for Research and Development, Mahidol University offers 2 graduate degree programmes, one leading to a Master of Science Degree in Neuroscience and the other to a Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience.

Area of Programmes:

- Masterís Degree Programme:
- Neuroscience
- Doctoral Degree Programme:
- Neuroscience
Responsible Unit:
Graduate Programme in Neurosciences,
Neuro- and Behavioural Biology Center,
Institute of Science and Technology for Research and Development, Mahidol University,
Phuthamonthol 4 Road, Salaya, Phuthamonthol, Nakornpathom 73170, Thailand.
Tel: (662) 441-9321 Fax: (662) 441-9743    Email:scnkc@mahidol.ac.th
Programmes

1. MASTER OF SCIENCE (NEUROSCIENCE)           M.Sc. (Neuroscience)

Aim of Programme         

The main objective of the programme is to provide up-to-date training and opportunities for contemporary research in basic, applied and clinical Neurosciences. The programme emphasizes the rapidly expanding new knowledge on the neurobiological bases of behaviour, critical factors influencing the development and functioning of brain and behaviour, chemistry of the brain and effects of chemicals and drugs on brain functions, imaging and mapping of brain functions through modern technologies, molecular neurobiology of gene expression and their controls in neurons and glial cells, neuropathology of local and regionally important neurological and mental health problems, human and animal behaviour in health and in disease. The students are exposed to Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approaches and Self- and Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) Programmes, as well as participation in traditional lectures and small group discussions organized by the teaching staff. In addition, students are required to actively participate in weekly seminars, journal clubs and annual symposia and conferences.         

Graduate students who have completed the requirements for the Masterís Degree Programme in Neurosciences at Mahidol University are expected to possess the following knowledge and capabilities:

1. To possess a comprehensive and integrated knowledge and experience, sufficient to effectively organize and teach various courses or plan an academic programme in Neurosciences for any local or regional academic institution.
2. To conduct experimental scientific research to obtain new knowledge in basic or applied Neurosciences on local and regional neurological, behavioural and mental health problems.
3. To provide services to the public, by disseminating new and appropriate knowledge for the understanding of the mind, the brain and behaviour, academic and professional consulting for the assessment and evaluation of the brainís functions, and effectively participate as a good team member in various health problem-solving situations.
4. To maintain and develop academic excellence, high scholastic morals and ethical standards in all aspects of their daily undertaking for the benefit of humanity.
Admission Requirements
1) Completion of a Bachelorís (B.Sc.) degree with high scholastic performance, evidenced by GPA 3.0 or above (on a total scale of 4.0) in one of the fields of Medical Sciences, Life and Biological Sciences, Physical and General Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Medical Technology, Physiotherapy, Nursing and other related Health Sciences, or Psychology from an accredited university or or higher institution.2) Demonstrated English Proficiency (TOEFL score above 550) or satisfactorily pass the English Examination offered by Mahidol University.3) Demonstrated Graduate Aptitude Proficiency (GRE score above 550) or satisfactorily pass the Aptitude Tests offered by Mahidol University.4) Demontstrated good physical and mental health, or satisfactorily pass a medical examination offered by Mahidol University.5) Applicants who do not meet the above admission requirements, but have at least one year of working or teaching experience in an academic or research institution, sufficient to demonstrate a high level of leadership in teaching, research and/or public service may be considered by the Committee of the Neuroscience Graduate Programme, Neuro- and Behavioural Biology Center. Students with degrees and proficiencies other than those mentioned above may be admitted on a probational basis, provided that they satisfactorily complete prerequisite courses assigned by the Committee.
Course Starting Date
First week of April.

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for an M.Sc. in Neuroscience, the graduate student must:

1) Complete all the requirements for the degree in not less than 2 and not more than 5 full academic years of study from the date of the first enrollment.2) Complete at least 23 credits of course work.3) Complete other necessary requirements assigned by the Committee of the Neuroscience Graduate Programme.4) Satisfactorily pass the comprehensive written and oral preliminary examinations after completion of the course requirements. 5) Satisfactorily defend the research proposal.6) Satisfactorily conduct original research and publish the results in an acceptable professional journal, and present the paper at a national or international conference.7) Submit and successfully defend the Masterís degree dissertation against an appointed Examination Committee.

Course Requirements

The M.Sc. in Neuroscience curriculum consists of the following minimal course requirements:

Compulsory Fundamental Courses   5 credits
Required Courses 14 credits
Elective Courses   5 credits
Thesis 12 credits
Total: 36 credits

Compulsory Fundamental Courses:

GRID 601 Cell Biology

3(3-0)

STNB 600 Introduction to Neuro- and Behavioural Sciences

2(2-0)

Required Courses:

STNB 601 Neurobiology 3(2-1)
STNB 604 Developmental Neurobiology 3(2-1)
STNB 606 Neurochemistry 3(2-1)
STNB 607 Neuro-, Psycho- and Behavioural Pharmacology 3(2-1)
STNB 690 Seminars in Neurosciences, and one of the following courses 1(1-0)

Elective Courses:

STNB 653 Research Methods in Neuroanatomy 2(1-1)
STNB 654 Research Methods in Neurophysiology 2(1-1)
STNB 655 Research Methods in Neurochemistry 2(1-1)
STNB 656 Research Methods in Neuro-, Psycho- and Behavioural Pharmacology 2(1-1)
STNB 602 Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 3(2-1)
STNB 603 Advanced and Contemporary Neurobiology 3(2-1)
STNB 605 Biophysics of Neural Membranes and Synapses 3(2-1)
STNB 608 Neuroendocrinology 3(2-1)
STNB 609 Sensory Processes and Perception 3(2-1)
STNB 610 Neural Controls of Movements 3(2-1)
STNB 611 Cybernetics 3(3-0)
STNB 612 Comparative Neurobiology 3(2-1)
STNB 657 Computer Technology in Neurosciences 3(2-1)
STNB 658 Advanced Instrumentation in Neurosciences 3(2-1)
STNB 659 Selected Topics in Contemporary Neurosciences 3(3-0)
STNB 660 Neuropathology 3(3-0)
STNB 661 Experimental Neurology 3(2-1)
STNB 662 Experimental Neurosurgery 3(2-1)
STNB 663 Integrated Clinical Neuropsychiatry 3(3-0)

Masterís Thesis:

STNB 698 Masterís Thesis Research

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2. DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (NEUROSCIENCE)           Ph.D. (Neuroscience)

Aim of Programme         

The main objective of the programme is to provide up-to-date training and opportunities for contemporary research in basic, applied and clinical Neurosciences. The programme emphasizes the rapidly expanding new knowledge on the neurobiological bases of behaviour, critical factors influencing the development and functioning of brain and behaviour, chemistry of the brain and effects of chemicals and drugs on brain functions, imaging and mapping of brain functions through modern technologies, molecular neurobiology of gene expression and their controls in neurons and glial cells, neuropathology of local and regionally important neurological and mental health problems, human and animal behaviour in health and in disease. The students are exposed to Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approaches and Self- and Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) Programmes, as well as participation in traditional lectures and small group discussions organized by the teaching staff. In addition, students are required to actively participate in weekly seminars, journal clubs and annual symposia and conferences.           Graduate students who have completed the requirements for the Doctoral Degree Programme in Neurosciences at Mahidol University are expected to possess the following knowledge and capabilities:

1. To possess a comprehensive and integrated knowledge and experience, sufficient to effectively organize and teach various courses or plan an academic programme in Neurosciences for any local or regional academic institution.2. To conduct experimental scientific research to obtain new knowledge in Neuroscience and further the development of appropriate technologies to solve local and regional neurological, behavioural and mental health problems.3. To provide services to the public, by disseminating new and appropriate knowledge for the understanding of the mind, the brain and behaviour, academic and professional consulting for the assessment and evaluation of the brainís functions, effectively participate as a good team member in various health problem-solving situations, and facilitate the transfer of technologies to improve brain, intellectual and mental capabilities for human resources development.4. To maintain and develop strong leadership of academic excellence, high scholastic morals and ethical standards in all aspects of their daily undertaking for the benefit of humanity.
Admission Requirements
1) Completion of either a Bachelorís (B.Sc.) or Masterís (M.Sc.) degree with high scholastic performance equivalent to a first class honour or GPA above 3.5 (on a total scale of 4.0) in one of the fields of Medical Sciences, Life and Biological Sciences, Physical and General Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Medical Technology, Physiotherapy, Nursing and other related Health Sciences, or Psychology from an accredited university or or higher institution.2) Demonstrated English Proficiency (TOEFL score above 550) or satisfactorily pass the English Examination offered by Mahidol University.3) Demonstrated Graduate Aptitude Proficiency (GRE score above 550) or satisfactorily pass the Aptitude Tests offered by Mahidol University.4) Demonstrated good physical and mental health, or satisfactorily pass a medical examination offered by Mahidol University.5) Applicants who do not meet the above admission requirements, but have at least one year of working or teaching experience in an academic or research institution, sufficient to demonstrate a high level of leadership in teaching, research and/or public service may be considered by the Committee of the Neuroscience Graduate Programme, Neuro- and Behavioural Biology Center. Students with degrees and proficiencies other than those mentioned above may be admitted on a probational basis, provided that they satisfactorily complete prerequisite courses assigned by the Committee.
Course Starting Date
First week of April.
Graduation RequirementsTo qualify for a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, the graduate student must:
1) Complete all the requirements for the degree in not less than 3 and not more than 5 full academic years of study from the date of the first enrollment for a Bachelorís degree student, and not less than 2 and not exceeding 5 full academic years from the date of first enrollment for a Masterís degree student.2) Complete not less than 36 credits of course work for a Bachelorís degree student, or not less than 24 credits for a Masterís degree student.3) Complete other necessary requirements assigned by the Committee of the Neuroscience Graduate Programme.4) Satisfactorily pass the comprehensive written and oral preliminary examinations after completion of the course requirements. 5) Satisfactorily defend the research proposal.6) Satisfactorily conduct original research and publish the results in an acceptable professional journal, and present the paper at a national or international conference.7) Submit and successfully defend the doctoral dissertation against an appointed Examination Committee which may include external examiners appointed from a list of experts or authorities in specialized fields of Neurosciences.

Course Requirements

The Ph.D. in Neuroscience curriculum consists of the following minimal course requirements:

Compulsory Fundamental Courses      5 credits
Required Courses 25 credits
Elective Courses 6 credits
Thesis 36 credits
Total: 72 credits

Compulsory Fundamental Courses:

GRID 601 Cell Biology

3(3-0)

STNB 600 Introduction to Neuro- and Behavioural Sciences

2(2-0)

Required Courses:

STNB 601 Neurobiology 3(2-1)
STNB 604 Developmental Neurobiology 3(2-1)
STNB 606 Neurochemistry 3(2-1)
STNB 607 Neuro-, Psycho- and Behavioural Pharmacology 3(2-1)
STNB 690 Seminars in Neurosciences, and one of the following courses 1(1-0)
STNB 602 Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 3(2-1)
STNB 603 Advanced and Contemporary Neurobiology 3(2-1)
STNB 663 Integrated Clinical Neuropsychiatry 3(3-0)
STNB 660 Neuropathology 3(3-0)

Elective Courses:

STNB 653 Research Methods in Neuroanatomy 2(1-1)
STNB 654 Research Methods in Neurophysiology 2(1-1)
STNB 655 Research Methods in Neurochemistry 2(1-1)
STNB 656 Research Methods in Neuro-, Psycho- and Behavioural Pharmacology 2(1-1)
STNB 605 Biophysics of Neural Membranes and Synapses 3(2-1)
STNB 608 Neuroendocrinology 3(2-1)
STNB 609 Sensory Processes and Perception 3(2-1)
STNB 610 Neural Controls of Movements 3(2-1)
STNB 611 Cybernetics 3(3-0)
STNB 612 Comparative Neurobiology 3(2-1)
STNB 657 Computer Technology in Neurosciences 3(2-1)
STNB 658 Advanced Instrumentation in Neurosciences 3(2-1)
STNB 659 Selected Topics in Contemporary Neurosciences 3(3-0)
STNB 661 Experimental Neurology 3(2-1)
STNB 662 Experimental Neurosurgery 3(2-1)

Doctoral Thesis:

STNB 699 Doctoral Thesis Research

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