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The programme provides multidisciplinary training in a range of neuroscience topics, especially those that are relevant to psychiatry and neurology, through taught compulsory modules and a choice of optional, specialised modules, both taught and research. Students may graduate with an MSc Neuroscience in a speciality. Please note the part-time programme only runs on alternate years, the next intake will be Sept 2014/5.
KEY BENEFITS * Appeals to students from a variety of backgrounds.
* Offers specialised graduate training in several neuroscience subject areas, both clinical and non-clinical.
* Aims to equip all graduates for the next stage of their career, usually further full-time study in basic neuroscience in an academic research environment or in a taught clinical programme, employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation. Some students have entered scientific publishing.
PURPOSENeuroscience as a degree subject is still under-represented in the undergraduate sector and, consequently, most students coming onto the programme have degrees in subjects other than neuroscience. The aim of the programme is to extend the students' theoretical knowledge of the neurosciences and to develop, through their chosen research project, the practical skills that they may wish to practise in their future careers. This may be in further full-time study in an academic research environment or employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation.
DESCRIPTIONThe programme provides multidisciplinary training in a range of neuroscience topics, especially those that are relevant to psychiatry and neurology, through 3 taught compulsory fundamental modules, one taught specialised module (from a choice of 6) and an approximately 20 week research project. Students choosing a research project in the same subject area as their specialised module may graduate with an MSc Neuroscience in that speciality.
The programme seeks to equip graduates from a wide range of backgrounds for the next stage of their career, which may be either further full-time study in a neuroscience-related academic research environment, or employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation.
STRUCTURE OVERVIEW Core programme content Fundamental module 1
* Neuroanatomy & Neuropathology
* Cell biology
* Cell signalling
Fundamental module 2
* Developmental Neurobiology
* Neuronal Plasticity
Fundamental module 3
* Systems Neuroscience
* Addiction Biology
* Neuropsychology of Mental Health
Indicative non-core content One of the following specialised optional modules:
* Behavioural Genetics research
* Addiction Biology research
* Developmental Neurobiology research
* Neurodegeneration research
* Neuroimaging research
* Functional Neuroimaging and Tractography research
* Cognitive Neuroscience research
* Neuroscience research (part-time only).
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT Each of the Fundamental modules (A1-A3) is assessed with a written examination and a coursework essay. The Specialised modules are assessed with a written examination and the writing of an abstract to an unseen published paper (presented without the abstract). The research project is assessed by a research report, a laboratory notebook and a poster presentation.
MODULES More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year. A1 Fundamental Neuroscience (30 credits) - Required A2 Fundamental Neuroscience (30 credits) - Required A3 Fundamental Neuroscience (30 credits) - Required B1 Psychiatric Genetics (30 Credits) - Optional B2 Addiction Biology research (30 credits) - Optional B3 Developmental Neurobiology research (30 credits) - Optional B4 Neurodegeneration research (30 credits) - Optional B5 Neuroimaging research (30 credits) - Optional B6 fMRI and Tractography (30 Credits) - Optional B7 Cognitive Neuroscience (30 Credits) - Optional