MSc Translational Neuroscience course structure information

The course consists of taught, self-directed and supervised modules. The taught modules consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical laboratory classes.  In the self-directed literature review module, you'll participate in journal clubs and undertake a literature-based essay. In the supervised research project module, you will undertake a 20-week research project under supervision from laboratory staff.

During the Autumn term, you'll take four taught modules. In the Spring, you'll take 3 taught modules. The course concludes 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.

Molecular Neuroscience

Covers the current experimental strategies being used in molecular neuroscience, eg methods to study genetic inheritance and molecular biology techniques, from the fundamental through to state of the art.

Teaching combines lectures with carefully guided, complementary small group practical laboratory training in basic and advanced molecular biology techniques. Computer based and problem solving classes explore basic bioinformatic approaches, such as sequence analysis, searching databases for gene, protein, expression and functional data and primer design.

CNS Structure and Function

Provides a detailed background of the structure and function of the central nervous system (CNS), including how the nervous system develops, with more in-depth focus on the communication systems and signalling pathways used between and by cells in the CNS.  

Pathology and Modelling of Neurodegeneration

Relates neurological disease to pathological findings and the genetic basis of disease. Introduces cellular and animal models of monogenic disorders.

Ethics and Public Awareness of Science

Introduces an outline of the legislative limitations and ethical influences on biomedical science, how these are influenced by public attitudes and the scientific community.


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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 15 June 2022


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