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MRes Experimental Neuroscience

MRes Experimental Neuroscience


Duration: 1 year full-time

ECTS: 90 credits



The aim of this one-year full-time course is to provide you with a broad research training in neuroscience, which will prepare you for PhD studies and enable you to make a more informed choice for your research.

You will complete three projects during the year, designed to give you practical experience of laboratory research, and chosen to cover a wide range of skills. Projects are provided by academics who are leaders in their fields of research and cover a wide range of disciplines including:

  • cell and molecular biology
  • genetics
  • neuropathology
  • imaging

You will also be required to write three mini-dissertations on set topics covering all aspects of neuroscience.


Study programme


You begin the course with an introduction to the College and transferable skills sessions.

The course consists entirely of three research projects and mini dissertations. Each project lasts at least 12 weeks and is designed to give practical experience of laboratory research.

You complete a written report of 4,000–6,000 words for each research project, as well as being assessed on practical work by your supervisor, and giving an oral presentation. Each project accounts for 25% of your overall course mark.

You write three mini dissertations on set topics covering all aspects of neuroscience. Topics for the mini-dissertations are set at the start of the rotations. Together the mini dissertations account for the remaining 25% of your overall course mark.



On completion of the course you should have an understanding of the basic and applied aspects of research in the field of neuroscience and a range of transferable skills.

The skills acquired will also be of value for those wishing to pursue a career in clinical service, industry or scientific publishing.



Modules shown are for the 2019-20 academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.


Core modules  


  • Mini dissertation 1
  • Mini dissertation 3
  • Mini dissertation 2
  • Research Project 1
  • Research Project 2
  • Research Project 3


Teaching and assessment


Teaching methods


  • Laboratory based research project


Assessment methods


  • Mini-dissertation
  • Oral presentations
  • Project dissertation

Entry requirements


We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in an appropriate subject.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a USA qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply



Making an application

All applicants to our Master’s courses must apply online.