MOT in Neuroscience is a 2-year full-time postgraduate course, the minimum eligibility for which is the successful completion of graduation (Bachelors of Occupational Therapy) from a recognized university with a minimum aggregate score of 55%. Additionally, candidates need to have completed 6 months of compulsory rotatory internship after graduation. The program is spread over 2 years, including dissertations and practical exposure.
Neuroscience is a division of science which deals with the study of the nervous system. Neuroscience is a conglomerate of various other disciplines such as:
Neuroscience is also known as neurobiology. Even though Neurobiology is associated with the biology of the nervous system, and neuroscience is concerned with the science of the nervous system, both terms are inter-changeable.
Neuroscience is the relationship between the nervous system and the brain.
The discipline is best suited for Occupational Therapists wishing to work in the field of neurological restoration. It also aims to help senior practitioners into more specialist roles within clinical practice, research, or educational environments.
Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as:
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 10,000 and 9 Lacs for a span of 2 years.
The average initial salary offered to such postgraduates in India ranges between INR 3 and 12 lacs, increasing with experience and expertise.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduation|
|Examination Type||Semester System/ Year wise|
|Eligibility||Bachelor in Occupational Therapy|
|Admission Process||Based on merit. However, some institutions hold entrance tests for admission.|
|Course Fee||INR 10,000 to 9 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 to 12 lacs per annum|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Centre for Neuroscience, IISc Bangalore, National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Haryana, Neuroscience Research Laboratory (NRL), Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology Unit, IIT Jodhpur, Computational Neuroscience Lab, IIT Madras, Theoretical Neuroscience Lab, IISER Pune, Neuroscience Group, IISER Kolkata, Computational Neuroscience and Neurophysiology Lab, Amrita University, Neurobiology Research Group, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) Bangalore, Molecular Neurobiology Research Group, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) Apollo Hospital, Fortis Hospital Kailash Hospital, Aims, Max Hospital, Metro Hospital, etc.|
|Top Recruiting Areas||Forensic Science Labs, Colleges & Universities, Genetic Counselling Enters, Public Health Centers, Mental Health Centers, Psychology Centers, Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Companies, and such.|
|Job Positions||Neurologist, Biochemist, Neurobiologist, Psychophysicist, Educational Psychologist, Community Mental Health Worker, Psycho-pharmacologist, Animal Neurologist, Neuropathologist, Neurophysiologist, Biotechnologist, Neural Engineer, Computational Neuroscientist, Genotyping, Database and Databank Manager, Neural Network Researcher, among others.|
Neuroscience is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the nervous system. It is the diagnosis, management, and treatment of infections affecting:
peripheral, central, and autonomic nervous systems.
The major components that form part of the course’s curriculum are:
Neuro-Occupational therapists help patients with nervous wounds, diseases, handicaps and different difficulties to create or regain the abilities they require for regular activities of daily life. These may include:
Ideal candidates for the course would possess:
Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees (INR)|
|ADN Medical College and Paramedical Science||Nagpur||12,000|
|Manipal University, School of Allied Health Sciences||Manipal||1,82,000|
|Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research||Cuttack||27,705|
|Dr. Tamil Nadu MGR University, Chennai||Chennai||20,000|
|SRM University Chennai||Chennai||80,000|
|All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation||Mumbai||10,000|
|National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research||Cuttack||30,000|
|KMCH College of Occupational Therapy||Coimbatore||1,00,000|
Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to have:
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on the merit obtained at the level of graduation. Some institutes also conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across colleges.
Some such entrance tests conducted in the country for admission to the course are:
A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.
|Basic Sciences – Anatomy & Physiology||OT In General Conditions|
|Treatment Approaches and Models||Biostatistics & Research Methodology|
|Occupational Therapy Management and Service||Advanced OT In Mental Health (Psychiatry)|
|Advanced OT in Orthopedics||Advanced OT in Cardio Respiratory Conditions|
|Advanced OT in Neurosciences||Advanced OT in Hand Therapy|
|Advanced OT in Pediatrics||OT Education|
Neurologists may work in general Neuroscience or choose to specialize in one of the Neuroscience sub-specialties. They work in one of the most intricate and interesting territories of medicine which includes the brain and sensory system. Basically, they treat patients that are referred to them by another physician/ doctor. If the treatment requires surgery, they refer patients to a neurosurgeon.
Neurologists work across:
Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful postgraduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Neurosurgeon||Neurosurgeons are highly trained physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating the diseases of the brain as well as any impairment to the spinal cord, autonomic nervous system, peripheral nerves, muscles and blood vessels that are associated with any of these structures||4,25,743|
|Biochemist||A Biochemist studies the chemical composition and processes of living organisms that affect vital processes for example, development and maturing to decide synthetic activities and impacts on creatures, for example, the activity of nourishments, medications, or different substances on body capacities and tissues.||5,50,000|
|Researcher||With an exhaustive information of occupational therapy techniques, materials and gear, Researchers carry out advanced research to devise assessment, medications, and mediation for people with nervous disorders.||6,00,000|
Neurobiologists work in research, either working for the administration, at academic institutes, or for privately owned businesses or healing center settings.
Neurobiologists in research positions may focus on the structure and advancement of the sensory system, and additionally how the sensory system influences neurological capacity and conduct.
They may lead tests including either human or animal subjects by means of cerebral examinations.
|Psychologist||Psychologists diagnose, assess, and treat the condition and the behavioural dysfunctions resulting from, or related to, physical problems and mental health issues. Additionally, they play a significant role in the promotion of mental health, preventing diseases of patients, and improving patients' quality of life.||3,56,971|