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The MSc Molecular Neuroscience programme provides comprehensive training in the neurosciences as they relate to the regulation of the physiologic function and behaviour of the organism. It is hoped that graduates of this course will be well-trained scientists capable of developing and carrying out their own research. As such, the course will be of interest to those with a medical training who wish to diversify into research and science graduates who wish to further develop their knowledge and skills before embarking on a doctoral research programme. The course is based and conducted in the state-of-the-art Dorothy Hodgkin Building of the Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Integrative Neuroscience and Endocrinology (LINE Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry). The programme builds upon the broad research strengths of recognised scientists working at LINE and other departments of the faculty, particularly in the field of neuroscience, molecular and cell biology, neuroendocrinology, behaviour and neurodegeneration. Throughout the course basic principles will be taught and illustrated in the context of various brain diseases, among which psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Guest lecturers from other universities will bring their specialist and advanced knowledge to the course. The course is divided into 7 units. The formal teaching component of the course is divided into 6 units each with its own director(s): (i) Foundations of Neuroscience, (ii) Molecular Pharmacology and Neuronal Signalling, (iii) Gene Expression in the Brain, (iv) Neuroendocrinology, (v) Neurodegeneration: Symptoms, Molecular Mechanisms and Therapies, and (vi) Integrative Molecular Neuroscience. Practicals will provide the opportunity to collect experience in relevant neuroscience techniques. The student?s progress throughout the course is assessed by a written examination at the end of each unit and one other form of assessment for each unit (library project, essay, presentation, performance at practical or coursework). Starting in June, each student will undertake a research project (unit 7). A list of projects will be made available to the students and places will be assigned with due regard for student?s preferences as far as possible. Projects will be assessed through the submission of a thesis, performance in the laboratory and presentation at a research colloquium at the end of the course. A lecture theatre and an IT suite are made available to the MSc course in the Dorothy Hodgkin Building. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the academic and intellectual resources of Henry Wellcome LINE and other departments by attending departmental seminars and local colloquia and lectures. A recently developed Blackboard online learning environment will further support students during the course. More information can be found on our website.

The MSc Molecular Neuroscience programme provides comprehensive training in the neurosciences as they relate to the regulation of the physiologic function and behaviour of the organism. It is hoped that graduates of this course will be well-trained scientists capable of developing and carrying out their own research. As such, the course will be of interest to those with a medical training who...

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