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Southampton launches new postgraduate degree at the forefront of Neuroscience research

Published: 10 November 2017

Postgraduates will get the opportunity to work alongside Southampton’s internationally renowned neuroscientists, with the launch of the University’s new Neuroscience degree.

The MSc Neuroscience offers the chance to carry out research projects embedded within one of the University’s cutting-edge research groups.

Its Neuroscience researchers are globally recognised for the impact of their work, which is furthering understanding of the nervous system function in health and disease.

Their diverse research topics range from cell and molecular studies exploring fundamental aspects of neuronal communication, to investigating the intricate networks involved in learning, memory, circadian biology and neuroimmunology leading to complex behaviours.

This research addresses some of the key challenges in society including autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

The new postgraduate degree programme provides students with a solid foundation in Neuroscience, as well as advancing their knowledge of the function and dysfunction of the brain.

They will explore all aspects of the nervous system, from molecular to behavioural in the context of the physiology and pathology of the whole organism, and gain experience of experimental Neuroscience techniques.

Programme director Dr Amrit Mudher said: “At Southampton, we are bringing an innovative research-led approach to our postgraduate Neuroscience programme using our cutting-edge research profile to provide our students with the opportunity to study alongside people who are at the forefront of their subject.”

As well as the innovative research project, MSc Neuroscience modules include:

  • Synaptic function in health and disease
  • Structure and function of the nervous system
  • Glial development and biology

Programme participants will also get the opportunity to receive funding towards attending a European or UK Neuroscience conference as part of their training.

The MSc Neuroscience programme is open to students with a background in a broader bioscience-related subject such as Biological Sciences, Zoology and Biology, but will also be of interest to those with degrees in Medicine, Social Sciences or Psychology who now wish to specialise in Neuroscience.

It is ideal for students who wish to progress on to further PhD study in a Neuroscience-related subject, or who want a career in pharmacology, drug development for Neuroscience, pharmaceutical companies, or patent law focused on Neuroscience.

The one-year course is two-thirds taught and one-third research which will help develop rigorous research and analytical skills while engaging with current scientific discussion and debate.

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