2019 start

Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

During this online distance learning course, you’ll study the fundamentals of neuroanatomy and neurobiology and learn how insights from the laboratory are translated into treatments for patients.
Group of three postgraduate students in the medical scool using medical equipment

Course description

Lead academic: Dr Jonathan Wood

You’ll study the fundamentals of neuroanatomy and neurobiology to better understand the clinical features of patients with neurodegenerative disease and the molecular and cellular mechanisms underpinning these devastating disorders. You'll also learn how insights from the laboratory are translated into benefits for patients.

The course is focused around the University’s research strengths, including motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

You’ll be encouraged to develop your communication skills and taught how to apply your knowledge to real-world situations.

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Core modules

  • Introduction to Neurodegeneration
  • Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration
  • Novel Therapies for Neurodegeneration
  • Professional and Research Skills
  • Literature Review


This is a distance learning course and is solely taught online via short video lectures and demonstrations, interactive activities, quizzes, student-led group work, online tutorials and discussion forums.


Assessment is primarily by written assignments and coursework including video-based poster and oral presentations.


3 years part-time

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 in an appropriate scientific subject. Applicants with a 2.2 will need to provide a strong supporting statement and will be interviewed by telephone.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in writing, 6.5 in listening and 6.0 in speaking, or equivalent.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Helen Hickson


+44 114 222 2296

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.