Postgraduate taught 

Biomedical Sciences MSc

Neuroscience: Animal Models of Disease and Function BIOL5282

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This taught course introduces students to a variety of animal models used in contemporary neuroscience research.


Normally, 1-5 sessions each week of 1 hour duration for 3 weeks.

Excluded Courses





Students will also prepare a short oral presentation in which they summarise the main positive and negative aspects of one or a few studies, and discuss them with the class. (25%)

Written review 1000-1500 words approx. (75%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Group presentation is not reassessable.

Course Aims

The specific aims of this taught course are:

■ to give students the knowledge and intellectual skills to critically evaluate neuroscience research using animal models

■ to provide students with a detailed knowledge of recent advances in neuroscience research using animal models.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Summarise and evaluate critically research findings using animal models relevant to neuroscience;

■ Evaluate, providing detailed examples from the peer-reviewed literature, how neuroscience research using animals can inform studies of human brain function and brain disorders.

■ In an oral presentation in front of the class, communicate a summary of the critical evaluation and discuss positive and negative aspects with the group

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.