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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 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.
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.
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. M2 students prepare the seminar by reading papers, then act as chairmen by introducing the speakers, preparing questions and leading the discussion.
The seminar is given by recognized French and international researchers. 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.
- Themes linked to the work of Nobel laureates (medicine or chemistry)
- Neural imprint
- RNA, from the origin of life to memory
- Stem cells, from development to cell therapy
- Viruses, enemies and allies
- Encoding space
- Various aspects of neuroscience, either conventional or not:
- Neurobiology of addictions
- Adult neural stem cells and plasticity
- Imaging & neuroscience
- Spinal cord traumas
- Atypical neurotransmitters
Problem-based learning (PBL)
In this video, discover the presentation of the course and the students' role plays.
What are PBLs?
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
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) in small groups
• 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.
M2 students who have not taken or passed this test are also encouraged to take it.
An international strategy
NeuroSchool has strong international links with the 8 European partners of the CIVIS Alliance and 3 other foreign universities (Helsinki, Oldenburg and Montreal). It also participates in the Euro-Mediterranean Master's programme in Neurosciences and Biotechnology (EMN-Online). We offer mobility grants for bilateral exchanges to excellent students, after a specific recruitment process.
At the Master's level, we award up to 10 outgoing and 10 incoming mobility grants each year
Professional training courses
To increase the employability of our students and lead them to a satisfying professional life, we offer different complementary courses such as
- DESU Project designer in animal experimentation
- DESU Science Communication
- DESU Data
during a PhD
Discover our PhD program
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