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Neuroscience - Natural Science

Neuroscience is the fast moving and most exciting areas in medicine and biology. The subject is characterized by the width of its experimental and theoretical base in varied areas of modern biology. Generally, neuroscience draws its creativity from the intelligence of various levels of analysis that go beyond the boundaries of individual departments and traditional disciplines, the electrical and chemical interactions between cells in the nervous system, from the molecular events taking place within cells and to integrated behaviour of the person or animal.

The subject incorporates an integrated account of the neurosciences and it is modified and designed for Natural Science, Veterinary Medicine and Medicine students. It comprises seminars, lectures, research project and workshop. There are eight lecture based papers shared with part second options in separate departments that cover:

  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Sensory Transduction
  • Control of Action
  • Memory and Higher Functions
  • Local Circuits and Neural Networks
  • Neural Degeneration and Regeneration
  • Central Mechanisms of Sensation and Behaviour

The department organizes seminars with the intention of enhancing students' understanding. In this seminar, students present and discuss research papers. The technical workshops equip students with practical exercises of a broad range of techniques used in Cambridge neuroscience research laboratories. In the spring term, students may work in a research laboratory on an experimental research project of their choice. The four departments organize this interdisciplinary subject. These departments are:

  • Zoology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

The School of Clinical Medicine is included as an additional input from other departments. Students are advised to visit university website for more details.


Pathology is regarded with the scientific study of disease and is the foundation of medical science and medical practice. It incorporates all aspects of disease comprising the organism's response to disease, effects of disease and knowledge of the causes. Part second pathology encompasses a wide range of biological disciplines including genetics, molecular biology and cell biology with the detailed study of topics such as cancer, human genetic disease, the immune system, heart disease, parasites, viruses, vaccines and bacteria. Students have to choose two of the following five options:

  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Cellular and Genetic Pathology
  • Microbial and Parasitic Disease
  • Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

The department is one of the major centres of research in medical science and an essential aspect of the course is a research project. In this research project, students may join a research group for much amount of time in the year. Students may visit to the university website for more details of the part second pathology options such as lecture timetable and research projects. Students may obtain further information from the Teaching and Graduate Education Secretary, Department of Pathology, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge.

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