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Brain Sciences - MSc


Course Description

Over the last two decades there has been an explosion of interest in brain science across academia, industry and the media. The integration of cognitive brain imaging with neuroscience will play a central part in discovering how the brain functions in health and disease in the 21st century, as illustrated by the Human Brain Project in Europe and The Brain Initiative in the USA. The taught Brain Sciences Degree will help you gain interdisciplinary knowledge “from molecules to mind” and enable you to develop research skills in cognitive brain imaging, fundamental neuroscience and brain disorders.

Why this programme

◾You will study the Brain Science Degree in an Institute that strives to understand the brain at multiple levels of function, from cells to cognition using approaches ranging from molecular, cellular and systems level investigations to brain imaging o
◾Lectures will be given by staff who are international research leaders and who publish cutting edge research at the forefront of brain sciences.
◾You will attend seminars on a wide range of topics given by eminent external speakers visiting the Institute from around the world as part of our Current Research Topics course.
◾You will carry out a research project working in labs equipped with technology and expertise at the forefront of brain science research, including: ◾3 Tesla fMRI system to image human brain function
◾Magnetoencephalography and electroencephalography to study neural activity
◾Transcranial magnetic stimulation for non-invasive brain stimulation
◾7 Tesla experimental MRI scanner for studying models of disease
◾Confocal microscopy for high resolution cellular imaging
◾Models of disease for pharmcolgical, gene and stem cell therapies

◾You will receive in depth training in research design and statistical analysis
◾The brain science programme allows student choice and flexibility. Through your choice of optional taught courses you can develop in-depth specialist knowledge to enhance further academic research as well as transferable skills for a career outside academia.
◾You will join a vibrant community of masters students from other programmes and for your research project you will be based in laboratories alongside PhD students, postdocs and senior researchers.
◾Through the range of teaching methods and assessments used you will gain skills in critical appraisal, independent working, presentations, writing scientific documents and time management.

Programme structure

The programme will consist of compulsory taught courses, selected optional courses and a research project spread over 11-12 months.

Core courses and Research Project

◾Fundamentals for neuroscience research
◾Cognitive brain imaging
◾Statistics and research design
◾Current research topics in brain sciences
◾Neuroscience: animal models of disease and function
◾Designing a research project
◾Brain sciences research project

Optional courses

◾Introduction to Matlab for biologists
◾Neuroscience: in vivo models
◾In vitro and analytical approaches in neuroscience
◾Bioimaging for life sciences
◾Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health
◾Technology transfer and commercialisation of biomedical research
◾Neuroinflammation

Teaching and Learning Methods

Taught courses are delivered by lectures, tutorials, problem-based learning and computer-based sessions supplemented by a wide range of electronic resources for independent or group study. You will use the primary scientific literature as an information resource and through project work will develop skills in team-working, experimental design and data interpretation. Through assessment of coursework you will gain skills in oral and written communication.

Career prospects

The University of Glasgow MSc in Brain Sciences provides you with many career opportunities.

Research: MSc students can enter a research career, mainly by undertaking further postgraduate research studies towards a PhD, or by working in research laboratories in academic settings.

Industry: Other options include going on to work in a wide range of commercial sectors including the pharmaceutical or biotechnological industries and scientific publishing.

Visit the Brain Sciences - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Scholarships - 10 Awards

The prestigious Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith PhD Scholarship scheme was established in 2007 to support the development of innovative, boundary-crossing research at the University of Glasgow. The scheme supports new partnerships between members of staff and will offer outstanding research students both from home and abroad the opportunity to undertake doctoral training in the context of cutting edge interdisciplinary research projects. The Kelvin Smith PhD Scholarships are project-based and the projects will be listed from the beginning of December each year.Each scholarship will run for up to 4 years and will provide the successful students with a full fee waiver from the host College and an annual stipend at UK Research Council recommended rates (estimated to be £14, 002 for 2015/16). In addition the project will benefit from an annual consumables budget for research and travel costs of up to £5300.

Value of Scholarship(s)

13,590

Eligibility

Eligibiity criteria vary depending on the project for which you are applying. You should contact the Project Lead in the first instance or consult the instructions outlined after the project description.

Application Procedure

Details of the shortlisted Kelvin Smith PhD Scholarship projects available for commencement during academic session 2015/16. Of the 20 potential projects advertised below only 10 scholarships will be awarded based on the quality of the applicant and the project. The Selection Committee will meet during February 2015.If you are interested in applying for any of the projects, you should contact the Project Lead in the first instance or follow specific instructions as outlined after the project description.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=183


(Scholarship)

Aga Khan Foundation - International Scholarship Programme - No. of awards TBC

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to prepare them for employment, primarily within the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but may consider applications for PhD programmes, in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a PhD for the fulfilment of their career objectives (academic or research oriented).
Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study.To be eligible applicants must
- Be nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. May also be considered those originally from these countries but currently living in France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, who are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education.
- Demonstrate consistently excellent academic records
- Show evidence of genuine financial need
- Have obtained admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study
- Establish relevance of the field of study to AKDN’s focus areas
- Provide thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans, their extra-curricular interests and achievements, potential to achieve their goals and likelihood to succeed in a foreign academic environment.
- Have some years of work experience in their field of interest.Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis.
The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Funding for PhD programmes is only provided for the first two years of study, after which the students are expected to find alternative sources of assistance. Financial assistance is provided according to the needs of students, but the International Scholarship Programme must be considered a lender of last resort. Preference is given to those who have been able to secure some funding from alternative sources.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% grant : 50% loan basis

Eligibility

- Be nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. May also be considered those originally from these countries but currently living in France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, who are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education.
- Demonstrate consistently excellent academic records
- Show evidence of genuine financial need
- Have obtained admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study
- Establish relevance of the field of study to AKDN’s focus areas

Application Procedure

Application forms can be obtained as of 1st January from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services/Boards in the applicant’s country of current residence.
The application procedures of AKF's International Scholarship Programme are decentralised. Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained. They should not be sent to Geneva.
Applicants should be prepared to be interviewed by local Scholarship Committees about their financial situation, their academic performance, extra-curricular achievements and career plans. Applications and Interview reports of shortlisted candidates are sent to Geneva for the final selection.
The annual Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June or early July and the Aga Khan Foundation notifies all students of the outcome of their application shortly thereafter.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=185


(Scholarship)

College of Medical Veterinary and Life sciences Graduate School - No. of awards TBC


(Scholarship)

Joseph Lister Scholarships - 5 Awards

We bring together internationally-renowned experts in order to advance research in medical, veterinary and life sciences. For September 2015 academic session our College is offering 5 scholarships worth £10,000 each towards the tuition fee of a one year Masters programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,000

Eligibility

The scholarships will be awarded to applicants from Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia*, Mexico, Myanmar or Thailand. They are open to students applying to all programmes within the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow. The criteria for the scholarships is academic excellence and personal achievement, you must be a conditional or unconditional offer holder in order to be considered. Offers will be automatically made to outstanding candidates based on academic merit.

Application Procedure

Email [email protected] with your intention to be put forward for this scholarship, detailing your application number. If you have any questions, please send through to this address also. No separate application is required.
Offers will be automatically made to outstanding candidates based on academic merit.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/mvls/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/pgtscholarships/listerscholarships/


(Scholarship)

University of Glasgow Country Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The University of Glasgow award a total of 40 postgraduate scholarships worth £5,000. Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University’s colleges and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

- obtain a degree equivalent to a UK 2.1 Hons or better
- hold an offer of a place for a postgraduate taught programme in any of the 4 University Colleges
- be classed as International students for fee purposes be a National of Brazil Canada Egypt Ghana Indonesia Japan Jordan Kenya Malaysia Nigeria Pakistan South Korea Taiwan Thailand or United States of America

Application Procedure

Applicants will be automatically assessed for a scholarship. Offers will be made to outstanding applicants for our postgraduate taught programmes based on academic merit. There is no separate application form required.Students who have been awarded a scholarship will normally be notified within six weeks of making an application. If you do not hear from us within this time, you should assume you have not been awarded a scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=150


(Scholarship)

University Trust International Leadership Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The University of Glasgow offer 52 University Trust International Leadership scholarships to international (non-EU) students starting a postgraduate taught Masters programme in any discipline. 12 awards worth £10,000 and 40 awards worth £5000 will be awarded as a tuition fees discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000-£10,000

Eligibility

- demonstrate academic excellence and achieve grades equivalent to UK 1st Class Honours
- hold an offer of a place for a postgraduate taught programme for admission in 2015
- be classed as International students for fee purposes

Application Procedure

Applicants will be automatically assessed for a scholarship. Offers will be made to outstanding applicants for our postgraduate masters programmes based on academic merit. There is no separate application form required.Students who have been awarded a scholarship will normally be notified within six weeks of making an application. If you do not hear from us within this time, you should assume you have not been awarded a scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=154



Entry Requirements

You should have at least a second class Honours Degree or equivalent in Neuroscience, Psychology, Physiology or a relevant subject. Alternative qualifications will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. You are required to provide two references and a full degree transcript with your application.Further information regarding academic entry requirements:

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