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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    17 January 2018

Course content

Our MSc Neuroscience course will give you the opportunity to get actively involved in two neuroscience research projects through research placements.

This will allow you to join first class research groups and gain first-hand experience of the day-to-day operation of a neuroscience laboratory.

Neuroscience research at Manchester is diverse, ranging from the molecular processes of neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative disease to the neuronal clocks responsible for the circadian rhythms and the theoretical and experimental study of how networks of neurons implement brain functions such as sensory processing and motor control.

You will also benefit from being exposed to neuroscience research seminars, in which internationally renowned experts present their recent findings.

Special features

Interactive learning

You will learn through research projects, seminars, workshops and small group tutorials rather than a traditional lecture-based format, making for a more interactive approach to learning.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including tutorials, workshops, seminars and research placements.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using:

  • written reports on your research projects and tutorials
  • oral presentations
  • written assignments
  • posters
  • multiple choice exams
  • critical assessment of literature
  • online statistics exercises.

Course unit details

The course starts in September and runs for 12 months. You require 180 credits to complete the course, of which:

  • 135 credits are from research projects
  • 45 credits are from transferable skills units.

Research projects

Your projects each run for 18 weeks starting in October and April.

  • Research Placement 1 (65 credits)
  • Research Placement 2 (70 credits)

Transferable skills

45 credits are achieved through completion of activities that develop your transferable skills in essential areas such as experimental design, statistics, bioethics (included in the tutorial and workshop unit) and science communication.

Experimental Design and Statistics runs at the start of the year to prepare you for your research projects. Elements of the other units run throughout the year alongside your research projects.

  • Experimental Design and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Tutorial and Workshop (15 credits)
  • Science Communication (15 credits)

Disclaimer: Our units teach the current trends in life sciences. Consequently, details of our units may vary over time. The University therefore reserves the right to make such alterations to units as are found to be necessary. Before accepting your offer of a course, it is essential that you are aware of the current terms on which the offer is based. This includes the units available to you. If in doubt, please contact us.

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

Our graduates acquire a vast array of subject-specific and transferable skills, as well as extensive laboratory research experience.

The University has a strong record of placing students on PhD programmes at Manchester and other universities, and several of our graduates have pursued research careers in industry.


Visit the Neuroscience (MSc) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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