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Neurobiology, 5 credits (8FO0066)

Level: Research level

Neurobiology, 5 credits

Entries/Anmälan Neurobiology

Week 12-17 2024

Aim of the course

The aim of the course is for the student to acquire advanced knowledge of neurobiology and getting an overview of methods available for studies of the nervous system. The course covers current research topics within the area of neurobiology, and it comprises in-depth knowledge in medical biology.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course the students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Identify, understand and explain neurobiological phenomena.
  • Relate the knowledge about neurobiological phenomenon to cellular and molecular mechanisms.
  • Describe current experimental methods for study of the nervous system.

Competence and skills

  • Integrate knowledge from different biological and medical areas in order to explain a neurobiological phenomenon.
  • Relate her/his own research to current research in neurobiology.
  • Suggest relevant methods for different scientific questions in neurobiology.

Judgement and approach

  • Discuss and evaluate the results in scientific publications.
  • Critically review scientific manuscripts.


The course includes lectures that cover the nervous system in health and disease. Students also work with a wide range of neurobiological phenomena in tutorial groups, and evaluate published articles in the field of neuroscience.

Educational methods

Lectures, tutorial groups and seminars.

The educational method used is problem-based learning (PBL). PBL exmphasizes the student's development of free, self-supporting lifelong learning ability as an instrument for critical inquiry. The students own queries and formulated problems form the basis of PBL. Important is also the student's ability to take responsibility for his/her own learning, and to seek and evaluate information and knowledge and to train co-operation and a flexible attitude to different views and ideas.

The course is given in such a way that borh men's and women's experiences and knowledge are made visible and developed.


In accordance with the learning outcomes; oral and written presentations of different neurobiological phenomenon, evaluation of research subjects and scientific papers, and active participation in tutorials and seminars.

Students who have failed the course of part of the course twice are entitled to request another examiner for the following examination aoccasion. The request should be addressed to the Department.


Generel requirements.

Admitted to education at research level (PhD studies)

PhD students are admitted according to the following priority order:

  1. PhD students registered at the Faculty of Health Sciences or PhD strongly connected to the Faculty of Health Sciences registered at other faculties within Linköping University
  2. PhD students registered at other faculties within Linköping University
  3. PhD students registered at other universities


Pass of Fail.

Course Evaluation

Course evaluation will examine whether the course objectives are achieved.


On the student's request, course certificate is issued by the course coordinator.

Required Reading

Course coordinator will provide a list of relevant literature before the course starts.


If the course is withdrawn or is subject to major changes in this cirriculum, normally three examinations will be offered within one year, one of them in close connection with the first opportunity.

The course is normally in English

Course administration

Course coordinator: Pierre Hakizimana












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Last updated: 2023-06-15