Course structure

The taught component of our masters 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 will undertake a research project under supervision from laboratory staff, which allows you to get practical experience of performing hypothesis-led scientific research.

Students will 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 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 core 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 Translational Neuropathology, passing all modules. 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 achieving 120 credits in their modules overall will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Translational Neuropathology and those achieving 60 credits overall will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Translational Neuropathology.