The graduate program in neuroscience at Brandeis is designed to equip students with the advanced knowledge and training necessary to conduct research in this interdisciplinary field. After gaining the doctorate, most continue neuroscience research in either an academic or an industrial setting; others have made use of skills they obtained while working at Brandeis to springboard into careers ranging from systems management to graphic design.
Ph.D. students are expected to learn the principles and techniques in at least 2 of the areas represented in the Neuroscience program: cognitive, computational, systems, cellular, and molecular neuroscience.
Students must take a total of 6 graduate-level courses with 2 taken each semester in their first year. Also, in the first year of their Ph.D. program, students do 4 nine-week rotations in different laboratories of their choosing. Graduate research advisors are typically chosen at the end of the first year.
In their second year, Neuroscience students obtain teaching experience and write a mentored research proposal. In subsequent years, all Neuroscience students present their ongoing research to the entire community in a weekly series of lunchtime graduate student talks. Most Neuroscience Ph.D. students complete their degrees in 5-6 years and go on to postdoctoral research in outstanding laboratories.
Students in the MS program are required to take 6 graduate level lecture courses as well as journal club, proseminar, and the graduate student research seminar. When the degree is to be completed in one year, this will be done at a rate of three courses per semester for each of two semesters. However, some students may, instead, elect to finish the degree in two years.