Taught course

Basic and Translational Neuroscience

Institution
University of Cambridge · Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
Qualifications
MPhil

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or its international equivalent. Applications are considered as they are received.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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The programme is a one-year Masters course with both taught and research components. Students selected onto the course will follow the structured MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience research training. The aims of this one-year, full-time research training course are as follows:

  • to give the student experience of research work;
  • to expose them to a variety of laboratory environments and the balance of self sufficiency and team work needed in a researcher;
  • to introduce them to the basic skills of experimental design, project management, time management etc. needed in research;
  • to familiarise the student with the practicalities of laboratory research, imparting an understanding of the nature of bench research, of record keeping and data handling and of good laboratory practice;
  • to introduce them to basic analytical techniques needed to understand and contextualise their research;
  • to familiarise them with basic scientific writing and presentation skills.

The additional objectives that are specific to this programme will be:

  • to attract students from a wide range of backgrounds into neuroscience by providing a taught module with a basic overview of neuroscience;
  • provide students thorough training in neuroscience methods, data analysis and statistics techniques;
  • give students the necessary basic but broad understanding of neuroscience to prepare them for future PhD studies;
  • provide students with adequate experience in neuroscience research to enable them to make an informed choice of PhD project if they so wish.

Qualification and course duration

MPhil

full time
12 months

Assessment

Thesis

(c) A report on the research project, approved or prescribed by the Degree Committee, not exceeding 10,000 words in length, including tables, figure legends, and appendices, but excluding bibliography.

Essays

(a) One essay, not exceeding 5,000 words in length, on a topic approved by the Degree Committee of the Faculty of Biology. With the permission of the Degree Committee, the essay may be by a research proposal for a prospective Ph.D. project;

Exams

(b) An MCQ paper on Research methods and statistics critical appraisal;

Other Assessment

The examination shall include an oral examination on the work submitted by the candidate under(a)–(c) above and on the general field of knowledge within which such work falls.

Course contact details

Phone
+44 1223 337733