Course syllabus for

Neuroscience, 9 credits

Neurovetenskap, 9 hp
This course syllabus is valid from autumn 2013.
Please note that the course syllabus is available in the following versions:
Autumn2013 , Autumn2014 , Autumn2019
Course code
Course name
9 credits
Form of Education
Higher Education, study regulation 2007
Main field of study 
AV - Second cycle 
Grading scale
Fail (U) or pass (G)
Department of Neuroscience
Decided by
Programnämnd 7
Decision date
Course syllabus valid from
Autumn 2013

Specific entry requirements

At least the grade G (pass) on the courses Applied communication in biomedicine 1 including philosophy of science and bioethics, Applied communication in biomedicine 2, Frontiers in translational medicine, Laboratory animal science in theory and practice, and Biostatistics, within the Master's Programme in Biomedicine.


After the course the students should have knowledge of the organisation and anatomy of the nervous system. They should also know and understand the mechanisms of signalling, including neurotransmitters, receptors, second messengers, etc. The goal of the course is also that the students will have a basic knowledge of the clinical symptoms and current treatments of the most common neurological disorders. The goal is that the students will have an understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms, current knowledge or hypothesis/es of the etiology of neurological disorders, as well as a general idea of ongoing ‘state of the art’ research.


The course covers the following themes: human neuroanatomy, cognitive neuroscience, brain ciruits, brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders, neurogenetics, and neurodegenerative disease mechanisms.

Teaching methods

The pedagogic view is based on learning as an active research process. The course is an advanced course and it is the assumption that the students take own responsibility to acquire knowledge. Teaching will be in the form of expert lectures, seminars and group-based work guided by researchers. Group-based and/or individual assignments are included and are presented as written reports and oral presentations. Computers will be used for searching information and for writing reports and presentations.


The course is examined by active participation and assignments, presented orally or in written.

Compulsory participation
Participation in seminars and group work is compulsory. The course director assesses if and, in that case, how absence can be compensated. Before the student has participated in all compulsory parts or compensated absence in accordance with the course director's instructions, the student's results will not be registered in LADOK. Absence from a compulsory activity may result in that the student cannot compensate the absence until the next time the course is given.

Limited number of examinations or practical training sessions
Students who have not passed the regular examination are entitled to participate in five more examinations. If the student is not approved after four examinations, he/she is recommended to retake the course at the next regular course date, and may, after that, participate in two more examinations. If the student has failed six examinations/tests, no additional examination or new admission is provided.

The number of times that the student has participated in one and the same examination is regarded as an examination session. Submission of a blank examination is regarded as an examination. An examination, for which the student registered but not participated in, will not be counted as an examination.

Transitional provisions

After each course occasion there will be at least six occasions for the examination within a two-year period from the end of the course.

Other directives

The course language is English.

Literature and other teaching aids

There is no literature specified for this course. Please contact the department for more information.