Postgraduate taught 

Brain Sciences MSc

Fundamentals of Neuroscience Research BIOL5283

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Neuroscience and Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This taught course introduces students to cellular and gross neuroanatomy, synaptic transmission and neurotransmitters systems.


Normally, 1-2 sessions each week of 1 hour duration typically for five weeks.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Written exam (75%) and oral presentation (25%).

Course Aims

To provide students with essential knowledge of neuroanatomy, neuronal signaling and neurotransmitter systems required to understand contemporary research in brain sciences.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Evaluate morphological and functional differences between types of neural cells;

■ Explain with reference to the published literature how neurons communicate and the role of glial cells;

■ Critically appraise how neurotransmitters are involved in normal function and disease states;

■ Synthesise the underlying principles of neural information processing.

■ In an oral presentation in front of the class, communicate a summary of one or a few research studies

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.