Designed to give you the theoretical and practical skills needed to enter a career in neuropharmacology either in an academic institution, a research institute or in the industrial/business sector.
This stimulating 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 masters-level qualification to give you a competitive edge.
- interested in using cutting-edge facilities to develop your own learning and research.
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
You will learn through:
- Guided reading supported by the University’s virtual learning portal
- Written and oral presentations
- Research reports
- Attendance regular research seminar
- Developing your skills portfolio
Contact hours for a 20 cp modules are typically around 50 hours, with a further 150 hours expected from you for directed and independent study.
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.
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.
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.
The Sandwich-route 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.
NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.
The school of Science and Technology will work closely with you to help find a placement and strengthen your CV and interview techniques. You’ll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement and submit your placement report, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice.
Please note that placements are not guaranteed and the process is competitive through an application and interview process.
If you take the sandwich route, and start this course in September / October 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.
Our recent students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including the NHS, The Frozen Ark Project and Public Health England. They secured varied roles such as Biobank Intern, Lab Technician and Volunteer Mentor.
To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From conservation management to sustainable farming, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.