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Biomedical Research Course: Neuroscience

  • ECTS credits3
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBMED901
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Course description

Language of instruction

English, if any non-norwegian candidates

Course content

This course gives an in-depth view of neurons and synaptic function, with emphasis on neuronal plasticity in the developing and adult mammalian brain. The course aims toward an integrated understanding, spanning from intracellular signaling and gene expression, to neural circuit physiology, and behaviors such as memory storage.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the candidate should have

  • Knowledge: The candidate will have an advanced comprehension of research theory and methods in fundamental neuroscience.  
  • Skills: The candidate will be able to explain and analyze current concepts and theories in fundamental neuroscience. 
  • Competences:The candidate will be able to present, debate, and contrast current theories within a chosen subfield of fundamental neuroscience.

Study period

Requires minimum 4 participants

Credits (ECTS)


Specific terms

Course registration and deadlines

PhD students at the University of Bergen must register via StudentWeb (http://studentweb.uib.no) before February 1.

PhD students at other Norwegian institutions can apply as external visitig students to the Faculty of Medicine using this form: https://skjemaker.app.uib.no/view.php?id=2685067. Deadline: December 1 for spring semester.The applicants must document that they are registered at their home institution. Acceptance is dependent on course availability and personal background. Once you have external visiting student rights, register for the course via StudentWeb (deadline February 1 for spring).

Foreign students may participate depending on their scientific background and course availability.  

After the deadline, please contact the department directly via phd@biomed.uib.no, or +47 55 58 63 70.

Recommended previous knowledge

Focus mainly on neuroscience

Part of training component

Recommended as part of the training component for candidates in the research field of neuroscience at the Department of Biomedicine.

Form of assessment

To pass the course, the candidate must give an oral presentation on a selected topic.
Grading Scale: Pass / Fail

Who may participate

PhD candidate in natural/medical sciences

The course is primarily intended for PhD candidates who are supervised at the Department of Biomedicine, but may also be applicable to candidates within the biomedical research field (medicine or natural sciences) in other departments.

Addtional information

Supplementary course information

Compulsory requriements: the candidates must present curriculum material (book chapters) at two or more course seminars and participate in more than 80 % of the sessions.


The course will comprise 10 meetings, once every second week.

Teaching methods:
- Seminars with student presentations based on selected chapters from textbooks
- Preparation and making own presentation (24 hrs)
- Reading of material for 10 seminars ca. 450 pages (46 hrs)
- Presentation and discussion on 1 seminar (1 hour)
- Participation in 9 other seminars
80 hours in total


phd@biomed.uib.no / +47 55 58 63 70

Academic responsibility

Clive Bramham

Course location

Department of Biomedicine, Faculty of Medicine

Study period

Requires minimum 4 participants