Programme Specification: Part II Neuroscience
This course is taught jointly by the Departments of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience; Psychology; Pharmacology and Zoology.
- to provide an advanced multidisciplinary course in neuroscience;
- 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;
- to provide training in research skills through the provision of an eight-week research project;
- to provide students with analytical and presentational skills;
- to provide an optional course in statistics to enable the application of mathematics and mathematical modelling to complex neurobiological systems.
At the end of the course students should:
- be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topics in neuroscience;
- be able to evaluate the practical techniques required to solve neurobiological problems;
- be able to analyse, interpret and communicate data obtained during a research project;
- 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
Recommended: NST Part IB Neurobiology