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Programme structure: Molecular Neuroscience (MSc) - what's running in 2021/22

All units in this programme are must pass units. For the definition of a must pass unit please see the Glossary of Terms from Annex 1 to the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/assessment/annex/glossary.html//www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/assessment/annex/glossary.html

In exceptional circumstances only the programme team will put plans in place for desk-based research projects and revert to online alternatives for practical sessions during the taught component if laboratories are required to close due to the public health situation.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Foundations of Neuroscience MEDIM7001 20 Mandatory AYEAR
Cell Signalling MEDIM0013 20 Mandatory AYEAR
Gene Expression in the Brain MEDIM7003 20 Mandatory AYEAR
Neuroendocrinology MEDIM7004 20 Mandatory AYEAR
Neurodegeneration: Symptoms, molecular mechanisms and therapies MEDIM0014 20 Mandatory AYEAR
Integrative Molecular Neuroscience MEDIM7006 20 Mandatory AYEAR
Research Project MEDIM7100 60 Mandatory AYEAR
MSc Molecular Neuroscience   180      

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds but is permitted in designated programmes (as set out in the programme specification) where students choose to withdraw from the intended programme but otherwise achieve the necessary credit points for the exit award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Additional progress information

A selection of three units from MEDIM7001, MEDIM0013, MEDIM7003, MEDIM7004 and MEDIM0014 have to be successfully completed for the award of a Certificate.

The maximum number of taught units that can be passed by re-assessment is limited to three.

Unit MEDIM7006 can only be taken after the successful completion of all other taught units.

The Research Project unit MEDIM7100 can only be taken on successful completion of all other units.

For a Distinction classification the student must have an overall course mark of 75%.

For a Merit classification the student must have an overall course mark of 65%.

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