MSc

Neuropharmacology

Student in science lab
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day & evening) / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2016 / January 2017
  • Course duration: 2 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This stimulating course is designed to give you the theoretical and practical skills needed to enter a career in a neuropharmacology either in an academic institution, a research institute or in the industrial/business sector.

This course will give you the opportunity to develop your practical skills through an extended laboratory-based research project. It will also enable you to develop an ability to plan a research project, apply effective data analysis skills to your results, and to communicate your findings in an articulate and professional manner.

This course is ideal if you are:

  • a recent graduate and looking for the professional skills needed to obtain a job in a neuropharmacology research related area or a career in academic research into neuropharmacology
  • working for a neuroscience company in a or pharmacology research-related area and want a master's-level qualification to give you a competitive edge.

Take a work placement
You have the opportunity to take a work placement, enhancing your CV and employability even further.

Skills portfolio
You will gather together relevant practical skills throughout laboratory classes producing a training record. This can be presented to potential employers as proof of competence in a laboratory setting. It also provides you with experience of managing what is essentially a personal development portfolio, which is now a standard tool for monitoring progression and performance in a scientific career as well as out in the sector.

Facilities
This course benefits from the excellent facilities and equipment available in the School of Science and Technology.

What you'll study

How will I learn?

You will learn through:

  • Lectures
  • Guided reading supported by the University’s virtual learning portal
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Written and oral presentations
  • Research reports
  • Attendance regular research seminar
  • Developing your skills portfolio

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    This course is made up of six core modules and a research project. Modules include:

    • Research Methods and Bioethics (20 cp)
    • Cell Biology and Physiology (20 cp)
    • Cognitive Neuroscience (20 cp)
    • Techniques in Macromolecular analysis (20 cp)
    • Neurophysiology (20 cp)
    • Pharmacology (20 cp)
    • Research project (60 cp).

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Research project
  • Written assignment
  • Case studies
  • Poster and oral presentations
  • Laboratory reports
  • Formal examinations
  • Skills portfolio

Careers and employability

There are a wide range of career opportunities within neuropharmacology. You will work with leading academics on your course, so you will have gained important academic and professional skills necessary to help you obtain employment in this field. At the end of the course, you will also have developed many transferable skills that will make you more attractive to potential employers in related areas of molecular bioscience and neuropharmacology.

The Research Project and/or Placement will give you the skills you need to follow a career in research and development.

Skills portfolio
You will gather together relevant practical skills throughout laboratory classes producing a training record. This can be presented to potential employers as proof of competence in a laboratory setting. It also provides you with experience of managing what is essentially a personal development portfolio, which is now a standard tool for monitoring progression and performance in a scientific career as well as out in the sector.

Employability Team
The University's Employability team has an enviable reputation for helping our graduates find employment and offers individual consultations. Sessions are available to all students at NTU on CV writing and interview technique.

This course offers you the opportunity to take a one-year placement or several smaller placements. If you start this course in September / October then you will complete your placement following your taught modules and research project. If you start in January you will complete one term of taught modules and your project then go on placement before returning to NTU for your final term of modules.

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice
To qualify for the additional qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice (PGDIPP) you must submit a work placement portfolio which includes a placement diary, reflective report and updated CV, as well as deliver an oral presentation on your placement experience.

Help and support
We will work closely with you to help you strengthen your CV and interview techniques. During the placement year, an academic member of staff will visit at least twice to check on your progress and offer any advice.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a biological subject, neuroscience, neuropsychology or pharmacology
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a biological subject, neuroscience, neuropsychology or pharmacology
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details.

Tuition fees

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Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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