MSc Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration course structure information

Rather than comprising a piecemeal assortment of small modules, the course mainly consists of large coherent modules containing themes of content that are developed over the course of each module.

Each year of the course is worth 60 credits which equates to 600 hours of study (including preparation of assessed coursework). Study is split over 40 weeks of the academic year, so you should expect to devote around 15 hours per week to study over these 40 weeks.

Introduction to Neurodegeneration (60 credits)

Clinical neurology is underpinned by knowledge of the neuroanatomy of the central and peripheral nervous system. Therefore, a thorough knowledge of basic neuroanatomy is essential. This module starts with a comprehensive series of short neuroanatomy videos demonstrating laboratory dissection of the human brain and spinal cord. The videos are complemented by an interactive learning resource featuring quizzes and a formative writing exercise.

The rest of this module is organised into blocks of content focused on individual diseases – namely motor neurone disease, Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Three themes run through these disease blocks – patient symptoms and care; the associated disease pathology; the genetics of disease and how this facilitates modelling in cell lines and laboratory animals. By the end of this module students will have detailed knowledge of the clinical features of the major neurodegenerative diseases and the underlying pathological and genetic causes.

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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.

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