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Our pedagogical innovations

We offer pedagogical innovations to our students throughout their training, from 3rd year of BSc to PhD. 

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BSc pedagogical innovations

Several pedagogical innovations are already available during the 3rd year BSc.

An 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 a protocol, then data collection and processing, and finally poster presentation of the work. 

Going abroad during the 3rd year of BSc

We also encourage our students to start doing internships as early as possible, in order to discover life in a laboratory.

NeuroSchool outgoing mobility grants are currently offered to 3rd year BSc students for mobilities of at least 2 full months in foreign partner universities.

Learn more about going abroad
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FabLab/neuro-engineering project

Our undergraduate (L3) and graduate (M1,M2) students currently have the opportunity to work in partnership with engineers from the École des Mines de Saint-Etienne to carry out neuroengineering projects.

MSc pedagogical innovations

The Master of neuroscience offered by Aix-Marseille University and NeuroSchool has some elements that make it stand out in terms of training.

The scientific symposium

Organized around a central theme, the scientific symposium aims at presenting an emerging neuroscience question, in a transdisciplinary way, from the most molecular aspects to the most integrative and cognitive approaches.

The seminar is given by recognized French and international researchers.

M2 students prepare the seminar by reading papers, then act as chairmen by introducing the speakers, preparing questions and leading the discussion.

The symposium lasts 2-3 days and comprises around 12 one-hour-long seminars, generally in English.

Learn more about the 2019 symposium, including a student’s testimonial with this article.

Previous themes:

Prix Nobel. Auteur : Vladislav Gajic

Themes linked to the work of Nobel laureates (medicine or chemistry)

- Neural imprint
- Olfaction
- RNA, from the origin of life to memory
- Stem cells, from development to cell therapy
- Pain
- Viruses, enemies and allies
- Encoding space 

AMU/CNRS Nicolas Maurice (IBDM)

Various aspects of neuroscience, either conventional or not

- Neurobiology of addictions
- Adult neural stem cells and plasticity
- Imaging & neuroscience
- Aging
- Spinal cord traumas
- Atypical neurotransmitters
- Excitability

English: Passing the TOEIC

English has become a must in science. We encourage our students to perfect their knowledge and practice:

  • by offering them weekly language courses (in M1),
  • by including neuroscience courses in English (in part or in whole)
  • by enrolling them in a standardized test (TOEIC). Passing this test or an equivalent test is essential to be able to follow courses in a non-French-speaking university.

English courses are given every week, in small groups, in M1, until the TOEIC test (scheduled in the spring). M2 students who have not taken or passed this test are also encouraged to take it.

An international strategy

It has become vital for future researchers to face a variety of environments. We look forward to sending our students and teachers to partner universities and welcoming theirs in return.

Problem-based learning (PBL)

In M1, instead of traditional practicals, students must answer one of twelve transdisciplinary neuroscience questions.

In small teams, they work together for 10 days to solve a problem using state-of-the-art research facilities.

Examples of Problem-Based Learning topics:

  • Motor disorders: the case of Parkinson’s disease
  • Brain, metabolism & obesity: homeostatic control vs addiction to food

More on the Problem-Based Learning modules in this video (in French with English subtitles) :

Deux neurones enregistrés en patch-clamp sur une tranche d’hippocampe © AMU/INSERM Sylvain Rama (UNIS)

MSc in neuroscience - Problem-Based Learning

The MSc problem-based learning

PhD pedagogical innovations

At a PhD level, students are already working in a research laboratory on a daily basis. In order to best meet their needs, the NeuroSchool PhD program follows a simple motto:

A pedagogy based on students' involvement

For this, a range of possibilities are available to them:

  • tutored seminars
  • specialized courses
  • clinical training
  • special events
Learn more about the PhD Program
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