This one-year course starts in September and provides a taught component in the first 12 weeks, followed by two 12-week projects or one long 24-week project. In the first semester, students will attend themed weeks and in parallel they will choose Electives (see Neuroscience website for full information).
Electives are chosen by the students and are a tool to gain a deeper insight into the concepts and methodology of a specific field of interest e.g. "Developmental Neurobiology", "Neural Circuits: From Ion Channels to Computation", "State-of-the-art methods to study degeneration and regeneration in the CNS and PNS"
The first 12 weeks comprise lectures, tutorial and practical exercises for all course participants addressing a wide variety of modern Neuroscience fields.
Students may choose from available projects or contact principal investigators from the large ( 120 groups) Edinburgh Neuroscience community to arrange their projects ranging from Psychology to Nanoscience.
Students who successfully complete the programme will achieve:
clear comprehension of the principles and scope of neuroscience research as conducted at cognitive, systems, cellular and molecular levels;
advanced training in key techniques and skills required to carry out cutting-edge research in contemporary neuroscience, through conduct of original, interdisciplinary research projects in one or more laboratories;
generic and transferable skills training in experimental design, project management, data analysis and presentation, both orally and in writing;
exposure to cutting-edge research by sponsored attendance at national/international research conferences.
The programme comprises seminars, tutorials, practical demonstrations and either one or two original research projects. Examination is by continuous assessment of laboratory skills provided by expert supervisors, poster and oral presentations, review essay, research planning and project management, and a dissertation.