Master's Thesis in Neuroscience

Course content

Supervised by a researcher, the student learns to critically apply scientific methodology in order to address a chosen scientific problem in the field of neuroscience. The thesis must demonstrate the student's ability to competently formulate, analyze, process, discuss and assess problems and to undertake experimental scientific work on a relevant, limited neurological topic. The thesis will equip students to communicate research-based knowledge, and to discuss matters of scientific research with fellow professionals and non-specialists.

To demonstrate and document the students’ skills in independently applying scientific theories and methods during work on a relevant research project, as well as in writing a master’s thesis. The student is expected to be able to explain the project in clear scientific terms, orally and in writing.

Education

MSc in Neuroscience - compulsory

Learning outcome

Knowledge

  • Select and process a clear and well-defined neurological problem of scientific relevance

 

Skills

  • Convey own, and others’ work in writing as well as orally at a high international academic level

 

Competencies

  • Critically conclude and put into perspective own, and others’ research results at a high international scientific level
  • Critically assess own and others’ research results at a high international scientific level while including relevant literature
  • Critically conclude and put into perspective own and others’ research results at a high international level while including relevant literature

Supervision
The master’s thesis is compiled by each student alone

Written
Oral
Individual
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
ECTS
60 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral defence, 60 minutes under invigilation
The master’s thesis must be prepared in accordance with the approved thesis contract and shall correspond to minimum 50 and maximum 70 pages written in Times New Roman point 12, line spacing 1.5 and excluding references and optional appendixes.

The thesis must include an abstract written in English of no more then 1 A4 page. The abstract must summarize the background for the research project, the research question, the methods used, important findings and a conclusion. The abstract will be included in the overall assessment of the master’s thesis.

Assessment will be based on the student’s spelling and writing skills as well as the scientific content of the thesis. The scientific content will carry most weight.

The oral 60-minutes exam consist of 25 minutes of oral presentation of the master’s thesis using AV equipment followed by 30 minutes of scientific discussion focusing on the issues of the thesis
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
The MSc’s programme in Human Biology is affiliated with the Core of Danish Medical Examiners (Censorkorpset for Lægeuddannelsen) from which the censor for the master's thesis should be chosen.
Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the maximum grade of 12, the master’s thesis on the conducted research plus the subsequent oral examination must document that the student is able to:

Knowledge

  • Select and process a clear and well-defined neurological problem of scientific relevance

 

Skills

  • Convey own, and others’ work in writing as well as orally at a high international academic level

 

Competencies

  • Critically conclude and put into perspective own, and others’ research results at a high international scientific level
  • Critically assess own and others’ research results at a high international scientific level while including relevant literature
  • Critically conclude and put into perspective own and others’ research results at a high international level while including relevant literature
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Project work
  • 1569
  • Guidance
  • 80
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 1650