This BSc programme is a challenging but rewarding course for intercalating students with keen interest in the field of Neuroscience. It aims to provide training in specific skills in experimental neuroscience as well as transferable skills highly relevant to students' chosen careers as medical professionals, scholars and scientists. Through expert-led seminars, workshops, clinical perspective talks and self-directed study, students will be enabled to develop an informed understanding of complex concepts in neuroscience, particularly those relevant to the medical field and unmet clinical needs.
Set in the context of a strong translational neuroscience research environment led by internationally recognised research teams in the Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma, the programme prides itself on training the next generation of medical neuroscientists. Students will develop their ability to formulate hypotheses to drive research, and with training in research methodology and practical skills undertake an original research project topical to the field. Students will gain valuable experience in the correct design of experimental work, data acquisition and analysis as well as transferable skills essential to a scientific career including critical analysis of their own and others’ work and presentation skills adaptable to different formats and audiences. Students are encouraged to present their work at national and international conferences. Many will co-author publications based on the research conducted during their projects.
The clinical need for high quality, translational research in neuroscience-related disciplines is high and therefore scope for such research is extensive. The fostering of interest and acquisition of knowledge in concepts at the forefront of modern medical neuroscience research and development of requisite skills with which to pursue this research will be of benefit to many students pursuing careers as practitioners and scientists in a wide range of medical, dental as well as veterinary specialties.
Admissions and programme enquiries
Dr Gregory J Michael – Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7882 2297
Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma
Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
4 Newark Street
Students studying in the intercalated BSc programme will complete five 15 credit modules and a 45 credit research project for a total of 120 credits at Level 6 as per the recommendations of the Framework for Higher Education Quality (FHEQ) released by the Quality Assurance Agency.
The programme aims to provide its students with the facility to critically analyse and interpret evolving concepts at the forefront of neuroscience research related to the anatomical, physiological, chemical and immunological processes key to the function of the normal nervous system and in specific disease states.
In the first semester, students will take four taught courses. The Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience module focuses on cellular neurobiology with topics ranging from molecular mechanisms to neural networks and specific disease processes involving genetic and multifaceted cellular interactions. This is complemented by more clinically-orientated modules examining disorders of spinal systems (Disconnected Pathways) and the Experimental Neuropathology module in which students approach disease processes from the perspective of the neuropathologist. Core Laboratory Methods provides a strong foundation of knowledge on a range of topics of importance in basic and translational neuroscience research and further fosters students' analytic, synthetic and evaluative skill base. Students will gain valuable experience in evaluation and selection of appropriate scientific methodologies relevant to neuroscience research, data interpretation, synthesis and critical analysis of information and oral and written presentation.
During the second semester, the Brain and Mind module expands students understanding of disorders of supra-spinal systems with particular focus on neurotransmitter systems and evaluation of emerging concepts and rationale behind new therapeutic approaches in neurology and psychiatry. Concurrently, the Neuroscience Research Project provides students the opportunity to analyse, in-depth, a novel research question from the scientific literature, test hypotheses through experimental work and interpret and present their results in the context of this literature.
The programme will be open to post second year MBBS, BDS or BVetMed students who have passed all years to date on the MBBS, GEP and the BDS (or equivalent undergraduate award in UK/EU) countries. It is not open to those who have previously undertaken an intercalated a degree. Normally, there will be no referrals in any of the clinical firm grades where these have been undertaken. Students must have passed their current year in order to take up an offer of a place on an intercalated programme.
Students will submit an application and be interviewed, and will be selected on the basis on academic ranking and interview, in line with the procedure for all SMD intercalated degrees.
Learning and teaching
Formal lectures and seminars given by experts in the field form a foundation for self-directed learning on the taught modules. Students will be encouraged to be proactive and expected to identify areas from materials presented to further explore them through reading of primary literature and reviews. These learning methods will be supplemented with the following:
- Clinical perspective lectures will act to highlight roles of clinical research and need for translational research in neuroscience
- Practical sessions covering distinct experimental approaches (i.e., cell culture, anatomical studies, electrophysiology) will provide exposure and hands-on experience with a range of valuable techniques
- A series of workshops on writing and learning will encourage student reflection and good practice with regard to reading and learning strategies and communication in written format
- Through lectures and workshops, students will learn how to approach statistical analysis of data and how to access and utilise information technology to facilitate such analysis.
Assessment of the majority of taught modules is by coursework (20% of most module assessment) comprising group presentation, case study, individual oral presentation or critical review of literature with end of module, written essay examination completing the assessment. In the Core Laboratory Methods module, a series of mainly coursework assignments and shorter examinations allows continuous appraisal of learning and skill acquisition. Components of assessment comprise attendance (5%), literature survey (40%) and oral presentation on the same topic (10%), data handling and end of module examinations (10% and 15% respectively) and an end of year oral presentation on the Neuroscience Research Project (20%).
In the Research Project, students will conduct original research supervised by an academic member of staff who will guide their work in experimental design and execution, data analysis and presentation. Students will learn practical skills and engage in the exciting research environment of the Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma and Blizard Institute. A written dissertation produced in the format of a refereed journal article forms the majority of the assessment in this module (75%) with additional contribution by supervisor’s appraisal (15%) and viva voce examination in the presence of the external examiner (10%).
Fees and funding
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Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
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