Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Neuroscience is an exciting and rapidly developing field, both in terms of understanding the functioning of the nervous system and the development of treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders. The Neuroscience intercalated Bachelor of Science programme provides critically informed insight into the anatomical, physiological, chemical and immunological processes, key in functioning of the normal nervous system and current thought on how these are altered in specific disease states and approach to treatment.
The programme consists of five taught modules and a research project. The first taught module provides a strong foundation of knowledge of general importance in basic and translational neuroscience research and valuable experience in evaluation and selection of appropriate scientific methodologies, data interpretation, synthesis and critical analysis of information and oral and written presentation. Cellular and molecular neurobiology is explored in 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 peripheral and spinal systems and supraspinal systems. Disease processes are further explored from the perspective of the neuropathologist.
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 other research findings. A large choice of Neuroscience projects are offered and normally involve joining the on-going research of one of the School’s internationally recognised neuroscience research teams. Many of our intercalating neuroscience students present their results at national and international scientific conferences. Students have recently co-authored articles published in journals including Brain, Journal of Physiology, Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurotrauma and Oncogene.
- Completion of 2, 3 or 4 years of the MBBS course (1 or 2 years of a graduate entry programme).
- Passes in Parts 1, 2 and 3 MBBS (as relevant to the year of intercalation).