POP
 
 
Number of ECTS credits awarded
 
90.
 
Faculty or school
 
Faculty of Biology
 
Number of places available
 
100
 
Master's degree course homepage
 
http://www.ub.edu/biologia/postgraus/neuro/index.htm [+ info]
 
Aims
 
Interdisciplinary training in neuroscience includes a wide range of subjects spanning molecular biology, cognitive studies and neuroimaging. This Masters aims to provide future researchers in basic and clinical fields with the knowledge to tackle problems by adopting a cross-disciplinary approach and to become skilled members of laboratories in public and private institutions.
 
Admission/selection criteria and evaluation of applicant's academic and other merits
 
All applications will be evaluated on the strength of the candidates' academic record. Preference may be given to candidates who have obtained optional or free-choice credits in neuroscience laboratories and those who have been accepted by a Neuroscience research group in order to undertake their project work or their research for a future doctoral thesis. Students holding an equivalent degree from abroad may also apply for admission. In such instances, the Masters Commission will evaluate their previous studies and academic record.

Criteria to be applied in the recognition of previous studies:

Students must have previously taken undergraduate courses in anatomy, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Students will be evaluated in these subjects and where necessary will be required to take a foundation course to bring their knowledge up to the level needed.
 
Specific admission requirements
 
Admission requirements: a degree in either Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Psychology, Chemistry, Veterinary Science or Dentistry. Candidates with a degree in another science subject or Engineering may also be considered. Students from abroad holding a degree in one of these subjects may also apply for admission.
 
Skills profile
 
a. Integrated Cell Neurobiology
Students should demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of:
- The structure and functions of nervous system cells
- The cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the development of the nervous system.
- Signalling molecules in the development of the nervous system.
- The basic mechanisms of cell communication: signal transduction and synaptic communication.
- Molecular structure of ion receptors and channels.
- Interpretation of immunohistochemical images of nerve tissue.
- Interpretation of electrophysiological records.

b. Physiopathology and Therapy of Neurological Diseases.
Students should demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of:
- The cellular and organic processes involved in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other dementia-related diseases. The cellular and molecular processes affecting motor diseases.
- Main hypotheses explaining the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.
- The cellular and organic processes involved in psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia and depression.
- The bases of pharmacological therapies in neurological and psychiatric diseases.
- Molecular modelling of new drugs.
- New experimental therapies: gene therapy and cell therapy.

c. Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience.
Students should demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of:
- The paradigms of brain activation.
- The neuropsychological characteristics of dementias and especially of those derived from neurodegenerative diseases.
- Pathways of information integration: visual and auditory perception.
- Models of language organization and their pathologies.
- The analysis and interpretation of neuroimages.

d. Methodology
Students should demonstrate their basic understanding of and their ability to undertake:
- The basic techniques used in studying the microscopic organization of the nervous system.
- Advanced proteomic and genomic techniques.
- Cell or organotypical cultures of a nervous system region.
- Techniques in cell physiology: patch clamp, recognition and measurement of intracellular calcium.
- The physical foundations of neuroimaging techniques, their limitations and advantages.
In addition, students should be able to:
- Use experimental animals and design experimental models.
- Apply bioinformatics methodology.
- Conduct statistical analyses.

e. Research
Students should demonstrate:
- An understanding of the value and limitations of the scientific method.
- Ability to act in accordance with scientific methodology (problem definition, hypothesis formulation, selection of strategy and experimental methodology, obtaining, evaluating and interpreting results, and producing conclusions).
- Ability tosearch, obtain, organize and interpret biomedical information from databases and other sources.
- Ability to communicate the results, using the methods available with an awareness of their limitations.

f. Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviour.
Students should demonstrate:
- A commitment to their own personal development and professional competence.
- An ability to be self-critical and an awareness of their need for personal improvement.
- An ability to recognize their own limitations, and to work in multidisciplinary teams.

Cross-disciplinary Skills

Ability to be critical, logical and creative in their work.
Ability to work in teams, to collaborate with other researchers, and also to work autonomously showing personal initiative.
Ability to teach and disseminate their knowledge in their social environment.
Ability to interact and transfer their knowledge to their productive environment.
Ability to keep up to date with knowledge produced by the international scientific community.
Profound respect for ethics and intellectual integrity.