In the fall semester (Sept.-Dec. or Jan.)
2 scientific seminars (2-3 days each, 3 credits each)
Recognized researchers present their work and Master’s students act as chairpersons: they introduce the speakers, call for questions and even start the discussion. The exam is a dissertation on the content of several seminars.
Examples of themes : olfaction; RNA, from the origin of life to memory; pain; stem cells, from development to cell therapy; viruses, enemies and allies; neurobiology of addictions; imaging and neuroscience; aging; spinal cord traumas, place cells…
Supervised research project (UE 14, 8 credits)
After reading and presenting scientific articles, the students learn how to establish a research project. In addition to presenting papers orally, the students have to write a research project for their final exam.
In the Winter/Spring semester (Jan-June)
Problem-Based Learning module (3 credits, in March-April)
Instead of traditional practicals, students have to answer one of twelve transdisciplinary neuroscience questions (e.g. how can we know if learning and memory processes are different or identical in humans and animals?). In small teams, they work together for 10 days over a 3 week period to tackle an authentic neuroscience problem using state-of-the-art research facilities in a large variety of laboratories and clinical units all over Marseille. Such an approach, which includes stimulating discussion among students and with professionals, emulates the workplace and develops active learning.
Some problem-based learning modules can be offered in English, depending on the presence of foreign students.
More on the PBLs in our video (in French with English subtitles).