Learning outcome

General learning outcome


A solid knowledge about neuroscience, good experimental and theoretical skills. Competence to obtain and critically evaluate own data and already published work in neuroscience.


Specific learning outcome



The student will be able to

  • demonstrate knowledge of the research fields in neuroscience including its subareas; Molecular, Cellular, Systems Neuroscience, Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • have knowledge about relevant methodologies and techniques in neuroscience including classical as well as more recent techniques.
  • demonstrate knowledge of sensory systems and motor systems.
  • have knowledge about association cortex both definitions and different levels such as prefrontal, parietal and temporal cortex.
  • understand monosynaptic and complex reflex networks at spinal cord and brainstem levels.
  • demonstrate knowledge of current theoretical concepts in Neuroscience, and can apply this to his/her own research
  • have knowledge about relevant historical perspectives in neuroscience, its traditions and the position in the society.
  • have in-depth insight of basic brain structure and function at the ionic and molecular level.
  • understand how molecular, biochemical, cellular and physiological aspects mutually contribute to neural systems, and can be affected in pathological conditions.



The student will be able to

  • analyse existing theories and main outstanding issues in the field of neurosciences.
  • find relevant methods, recognize and validate problems; formulate and test hypotheses.
  • evaluate and formulate a theoretical concept. Evaluation includes originality, independence and applicability.
  • perform a research project with supervision including the formulation of a research question, analyse experimental results, put them in a context and make a report.
  • search relevant sources of information to acquire literacy in basic neuroscience.
  • formulate a research question based on adequate insight into current knowledge.


General competence

The student will develop

  • competence on how to analyse relevant general issues in neuroscience including field specific theorems and ethical issue.
  • competence on how to decide on animal and human research, general insight in ways to diminish research that causes suffering to humans and animals.
  • competence on how to carry out research independently and knows how to formulate and express results and interpretations of the research outcomes.
  • capabilities to carry out and analyse complex experiments in neuroscience.
  • competence to summarize, document, report, and reflect on own findings.
  • competence to contribute to the generation of new ideas, concepts and technical approaches to experimental research questions.


Picture of students in Neuroscience at NTNU