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Neuroscience is a discipline concerned with the scientific study of the nervous system in health and disease. Research in the neurosciences is of considerable clinical impact considering the debilitating and costly effects of neurological and psychiatric disease. In this regard, a major goal of modern neuroscience research is to elucidate the underlying causes (genetic or environmental) of major brain diseases, and to produce more effective treatments for major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression, and neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, motor neurone disease and epilepsy. Improved treatment strategies for brain disorders relies entirely on increased understanding gained from research which integrates
To be eligible for admission, candidates must hold a third level qualification. Application for admission will be accepted, subject to availability, from candidates who have a degree in Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Allied Health Sciences, Medicine or other. Normally candidates should have achieved at least an upper-second class Honours Bachelor degree or its equivalent. Those with some knowledge in neuroscience and pharmacology will be most suitable for the one-year intensive course. Those with little understanding in neuroscience and pharmacology will be most suitable for the two-year course.