MSc Translational Neuropathology course structure information

The taught component of this course is delivered through lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals and student-led group work during the first two terms. In the self-directed literature review module, you will participate in a journal club and undertake a literature-based essay. In term 3, you'll undertake a research project under supervision from laboratory staff, which allows you to get practical experience of performing hypothesis-led scientific research.

You'll take four core modules during the Autumn term and a further 3 core modules in the Spring term. The course will conclude with a 20-week laboratory project. All taught modules are worth 15 credits, whilst the research project is worth 75 credits.

All taught modules are worth 15 credits.


You will learn basic and functional neuroanatomy through dissection of the human brain and spinal cord and microscopic examination of histology specimens.

Pathology and Modelling of Neurodegenerative Diseases

You will explore the cellular and molecular causes of neurodegeneration in the major neurological diseases. You will discover how hypotheses can be tested in model systems and utilised to develop new therapeutic strategies.

Molecular Neuroscience

You will develop skills in advanced molecular techniques and state-of-the-art informatics for studying gene and protein expression, and will discover how these techniques are applied to investigate the underlying pathology of neurological diseases.

Ethics and Public Awareness of Science

You will be introduced to the legislative limitations and ethical influences on biomedical science, how these are influenced by public attitudes and the scientific community. You will explore your personal views and how they influence your perception of research.


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    Information last updated: 15 June 2022

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