MSC NEUROPHARMACOLOGY

 

Programme outcomes (what students are expected to be able to do):

  • To demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the principles and concepts of neuropharmacology.
  • To demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the recent developments and applications in the field of neuropharmacology.
  • To demonstrate a high skill level in a wide range of laboratory skills for neuropharmacological investigations.
  • To communicate experimental findings in neuropharmacology effectively, using a variety of verbal, written and visual means.
  • To design, conduct, analyse and present their original laboratory-based research.

 

Course content

The programme is 90 ECTS in total; it runs from September-July and is divided into three trimesters (each of 30 ECTS) in the following manner:

 

Trimester One (30 ECTS - September-December)

Neuroscience: 5 ECTS

Central Neurotransmission: 5 ECTS

Fundamental Concepts in Pharmacology: 5 ECTS

Applied Concepts in Pharmacology: 5 ECTS

Experimental Methods in Pharmacology: 10 ECTS

 

Trimester Two (30 ECTS - January-March)

Experimental Neuropharmacology: 15 ECTS

Current Topics in Neuropharmacology: 10 ECTS

Neuropharmacology & Therapeutics: 5 ECTS

 

Trimester Three (30 ECTS - May-July)

Neuropharmacology Research Project: 30 ECTS

 

Assessment

A variety of different assessment strategies are used including written examinations, laboratory practicals and mini-project reports, assignments, data handling computer exercises, experimental reasoning, essays, posters, oral presentations and a research project thesis.

 

Career opportunities

The majority of graduates of the programme has entered the workforce either in technical or research roles within hospitals, universities or companies, mostly in Ireland. In addition, approximately one-third has embarked on PhD research following graduation.

 

Applications

  • Interested candidates should apply via the postgraduate applications centre (PAC) site on the NUI Galway homepage.
  • The MSc in Neuropharmacology offers places on a rolling basis and applications are considered starting from November of each academic year.
  • On average the course takes 15 students.
  • Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible for the following academic year.

Entry Requirements:

  • Successful applicants will normally hold at least a Second Class Honours Level 8 degree (2.2 minimum) from a diversity of undergraduate disciplines, ranging from Chemistry through Life Science subjects (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology, Zoology) to Psychology.
  • Students are also considered who have a Level 7 degree and three years relevant work experience.
  • An IELTS score of 6.0+ (with not less than 5.5 in any one component) is required for students where English is not their native language.

Contact

Course Director: Dr. Declan McKernan.

Phone: +353 91 493826

E-maildeclan.mckernannuigalway.ie

Websitehttp://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/neuropharmacology.html