Over the last two decades there has been an explosion of interest in brain sciences 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 master in Brain Sciences 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.
MSc: 12 months full-time
• You will study 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 of human behaviour and cog
• 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 sciences 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 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.
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
• 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
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.
Projects are available on a wide range of topics using a variety of methodological approaches. Here is a selection of masters level projects offered in the Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology in the last 3 years:
• Decoding real-time referential activation in language comprehension with EEG.
• Differential effects of brief constant light on serotonergic resetting in aged mice.
• Alterations in neuronal morphology following interference with the kynurenine pathway.
• Predicting the emergence of decisions from EEG recordings.
• Testing the concept of genome editing as a therapeutic intervention in Rett Syndrome.
• Investigating inputs onto long descending propriospinal neurons in the spinal cord.
• The role of parietal alpha phase-locking in spatial and temporal anticipation: a TMS Study.
• The localisation and modulation of MAP2K7/JNK pathway kinases in neurons.
• The own-age bias in age judgements.
• Hyperglycemia and cerebral blood flow in experimental stroke.
• Reactivation of visual short-term memory by transcranial magnetic stimulation.
• An investigation of receptor expression of respiratory rhythm generating neurons.
• Do distinctiveness and attractiveness really have independent effects on face recognition?
• Does minocycline alter the morphology of NG-108 neuronal cells?
• Relating cortical thickness to autism quotient scores.
• Biological motion perception in major depressive disorder: a re-analysis of fMRI data.
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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.