MSc in Neuroscience
This one-year M.Sc. course aims to provide a multidisciplinary training in the neurosciences, in topics ranging from molecular to behavioural neuroscience. The course is ideal for students wishing to extend their specialised knowledge, and for those wishing to convert from their original degree discipline. The programme will equip participants with the skills necessary to progress into a career in biomedical, pharmaceutical or neuropsychological research.
Instruction for the course consists of approximately 200 contact hours over two academic Terms to include lectures, laboratory practical sessions, journal club workshops and student-based seminars. Modules are assessed by a mixture of in course assessment and written examinations.
Specialist modules covered include:
- Form and Function of the Nervous System
- Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology
- Drug Development
- Experimental Neuroscience
- Scientific Literary Skills
- Neural Engineering
- Neuroimaging Technology
- Current Topics in Neuroscience
- Research Skills
The third Term consists of a research project on some novel aspect of Neuroscience. Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN) is a dynamic research environment with research spanning molecular/cellular neuroscience to clinical/translational neuroscience. Projects across these research areas may be undertaken in consultation with an expert supervisor. For students interested in a project in cellular/molecular neuroscience a range of cellular techniques such as tissue culture, immunocytochemistry, western immunobloting and immunoprecipitation, confocal microscopy, Immunoassays, flow cytometry, Real-time PCR, and high performance liquid chromatography are available. In addition, some projects will involve assessing behavioural, electrophysiological and neurochemical endpoints using in vivo models of neurological and psychiatric disease. For those with an interest in experimentation on human subjects, projects will be offered utilizing techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, electrophysiological recording and neurocognitive testing.
Term dates: The course runs for a full 1 year, normally starting in the last week of September and running to end of August in the following year.
By the end of the programme the participants will:
- Understand the structure and function of the nervous system from “molecule to mind”.
- Understand the biological basis of a range of psychiatric and neurological disorders
- Have a knowledge of treatment strategies for psychiatric and neurological disorders
- Have knowledge of key techniques used to answer research questions in the neurosciences.
- Have acquired practical laboratory skills, experience in troubleshooting, and expertise in selected methodologies used to study nervous system function to facilitate a research or research-related career.
- Have acquired detailed knowledge and critical understanding of selected areas of neuroscience through independent study and the laboratory research projects.
Have acquired and developed transferable skills in:
- Written and verbal communication
- Data analysis, statistics and presentation
- Critical evaluation of published information
- Ability to work in collaboration with others
- Organizational ability
About the course
What’s the course about? The M.Sc. course in Neuroscience studies the functioning of the nervous system at all levels, from the molecules that make up individual nerve cells, to the complexities of animal and human behaviour. A major focus is on the molecular, biochemical and cellular basis of neurotransmission and synaptic function. The course also covers the physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacological treatment of psychiatric, neurodegenerative and neurological disorders.
Where do our students go? The preferred career path of our students is to conduct PhD research. Opportunities exist in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN) for Ph.D. research. We also encourage and help our M.Sc. students to look for Ph.D. opportunities internationally. Some of our students have gained Ph.D. positions as far-afield as Australia. The two next most common career choices are Medical or Health related degrees or direct entry into research labs.
To be eligible for admission, applicants will be expected to hold a good degree in Biological Sciences, Psychology, Medicine or Allied Health Sciences. Admission to the course is based on the applicant's academic record, and their ability to benefit from the course. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview.
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Last updated March 11, 2016