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 will 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, students will take four taught modules. In the Spring, students will take 3 taught modules. The course will conclude with a 20-week laboratory project. All taught modules are worth 15 credits, whilst the laboratory project is worth 75 credits.
Criteria for the award of credit units and degree
To be considered for the award of the MSc degree, a student must take all of the modules. Each module is assessed individually and marked on a 100-point scale. The pass mark for each unit of assessment (module) is 50 on the 100-point scale and this must be obtained in order to receive the credits for the module.
A student requires 180 credits to receive the MSc. That is, all modules must be passed. The MSc will be awarded with distinction to any student whose final average mark is 70% or higher and has 90 credits units marked at 70% or greater. Any student who also obtains a final average mark of at least 60% but lower than 70% and 90 credits units all marked at 60% or greater will be awarded an MSc with merit. When calculating the average mark, individual marks are weighted in proportion to the number of credits carried by each module.
A student who fails to obtain the MSc but who achieves 120 credits or more will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Translational Neuroscience.