This track provides solid theoretical and practical knowledge in neuroscience. It is organized around complementary disciplinary courses in cell and molecular biology, physiology and behavioural science.
It gives an important place to statistical tools and modeling as well as to practical teaching, so that the student is confronted early with the experimental process, good laboratory practices and data analysis.
4 mandatory courses
This specialized third year is organized around 4 mandatory courses that represent the main areas of neuroscience. They focus on :
Physiology and modeling of the neuron
To provide precise knowledge of the mechanisms of neuron functioning (from the most molecular to the most integrated aspects) and to learn how to model neuronal activity.
Physiology of major functions
To provide knowledge on the functioning and nervous regulation of the main organs involved in homeostasis.
Sensorimotor processes: from perception to action
To provide knowledge about the anatomical organization of sensory systems and their functional properties as well as the mechanisms and central controls of motor function.
Behaviour and cognition
To make students aware that behavioural analysis alone can make inferences about the cognitive processes underlying these behaviours.
In addition, the teaching includes :
- 2 mandatory courses where students are confronted with the experimental approach in neuroscience and the statistical analysis of experimental data,
- 3 optional basic courses in various topics (psychopharmacology, behavioural genetics…)
- 1 reinforcement course depending on the student’s project: neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience or computational neuroscience,
- 1 course of personal and professional project to prepare the student,
- English both semesters.
Initiation to research
The BSc teaching team set up a Tutored Research course. The aim of this course is to offer students a first introduction to research or R&D. During these tutored workshops, they get familiarized with the different stages of research: identification of the scientific question, bibliographic research, elaboration of the protocol, then data collection and processing, and finally poster presentation of their work during a session open to students and researchers of NeuroMarseille.
Going abroad in 3rd year BSc
Outgoing mobility grants
NeuroSchool scholarships (up to 1000 €/month) are currently offered to students of L3 Life Sciences, Neurosciences track, for mobilities of at least 2 full months in foreign partner universities.
For more information on the eligibility criteria and the steps to follow, check out the calls page.
Where to go?
In addition to the partnerships already set up by AMU’s international relations department, AMU’s neuroscience training courses have established exchange agreements directly with several foreign universities, where our students can carry out a laboratory internship and/or take courses as soon as they have completed their bachelor’s degree:
Outgoing mobility grants are available for selected students.
In addition, it is possible to go and do a laboratory internship in other non-partner universities (no NeuroSchool scholarship, but other funding is possible, please check AMU’s International Relations Department).