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Programme Specification: Part II Neuroscience

This course is taught jointly by the Departments of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience; Psychology; Pharmacology and Zoology.


  1. to provide an advanced multidisciplinary course in neuroscience;
  2. to enable students to understand the principles of neuroscience and to provide practical and conceptual training in selected topics ranging from the molecular to the integrative and behavioural aspects of neuroscience;
  3. to provide training in research skills through the provision of an eight-week research project;
  4. to provide students with analytical and presentational skills;
  5. to provide an optional course in statistics to enable the application of mathematics and mathematical modelling to complex neurobiological systems.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should:

  1. be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topics in neuroscience;
  2. be able to evaluate the practical techniques required to solve neurobiological problems;
  3. be able to analyse, interpret and communicate data obtained during a research project;
  4. be able to critically analyse research literature and present such analyses in both written and oral form.

Teaching and learning methods

These include lectures and associated seminars, supervisions, a research project and technical workshops.


Assessment for this course is through:

  • four unseen written examinations (for aims 1 and 2 and learning outcome 1);
  • a dissertation of no more than 5000 words, based on a research project undertaken by the student over an eight week period (for aims 1-4 and learning outcomes 2-3);
  • an oral presentation based on the research project (for aim 4 and learning outcome 3);
  • a critical essay of no more than 2000 words analysing a published research paper (for aim 4 and learning outcome 4).

Courses of Preparation

Essential: None.

Recommended: NST Part IB Neurobiology

Additional Information

Further information on each subject is available in the Subject summary and on the Course Websites pages.