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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Neuroscience / Neurobiology

Course type


Course Summary

The MRes is a research-based course with a taught component. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.

The course is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences or other science disciplines, and for intercalating and fully qualified MBBS or BDS students. It can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD or MD.

What you'll learn

The taught component of the course includes subject-specific content in the area of neuroscience. You have the flexibility to develop your own bespoke course by selecting additional, complementary modules. You will also participate in training in general research principles, and other professional and key skills.

Your project

Your research project comprises the major element of the course. This project will involve 24 weeks of research in an area of neuroscience under the supervision of an expert academic researcher in the field.

The course allows you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



The module aims are to: acquaint students with the clinical presentations of some important neurological disorders; develop understanding of key aspects of cellular and molecular neuroscience in the context of their relevance to those disorders; introduce principles and practice of a range of modern methods for investigating the nervous system; describe the main ways in which nerve cells respond to insult and injury; examine the latest hypotheses to explain the symptoms and consequences of neurological disorders and explore possible ways in which neurological disorders might be treated in the future. You can choose MMB8010 The Biological Basis of Psychiatric Illness and its Treatment OR MMB8019 Sensory Systems and Neuroimaging OR MMB8020 Scientific Basis of Neurological Disease.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in: a life science or related discipline or an MBBS/BDS degree. This programme accepts both medical and dental students wishing to take a master's degree as an intercalation. You will need to have successfully completed your third or fourth year of study. Practical laboratory work experience is desirable, although not essential. The modules you can study may depend on your academic background.