MSc Neuroscience / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

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:

  • 120 credits are project based
  • 60 credits are from transferable skills units

Transferable skills

60 credits are achieved through completion of activities that develop your transferable skills in essential areas such as laboratory skills, 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 project.

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

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Tutorial and Workshop BIOL60210 15 Mandatory
Scientific Communication BIOL60330 15 Mandatory
Statistics & Experimental Design BIOL65161 15 Mandatory
Research Project 1 BIOL66121 30 Mandatory
Research Project 2 BIOL66132 90 Mandatory
Laboratory Skills Unit MEDN66111 15 Mandatory

Additional fee information

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 .