Course description

The MRes Neurotechnology is a one year full-time programme leading to the MRes award. The MRes forms the first year of the 4 year CDT Neurotechnology programme, but may also be taken as a stand-alone MRes.

PLEASE NOTE: The programme syllabus for 2019/20 is currently being updated and will be confirmed in due course.  As a guide, the taught element of the MRes is likely to include the following components in the first term:

  • Neuroscience
  • Statistics and Computational Methods training
  • Neurotechnology Journal Club
  • Modules from the MSc in Biomedical Engineering, eg Machine Learning & Neural Computation, Biomimetics, Computational Neuroscience, Brain-Machine Interfaces

Students can typically take additional workshops in technical lab skills (eg Optical Imaging Techniques, Techniques in Molecular Bioengineering, Electrophysiology) and professional development skills (eg presentation and writing skills etc)

Students then carry out a 9-month research project, leading to submission of the MRes thesis in mid-September. The aim of the MRes is to develop all of the technical skills required to carry out the PhD work successfully and provide the student with a grounding in research.‌


Assessment for taught modules is via a combination of written exams, coursework and presentations. Students must also submit brief reports on the elective modules attended (pass/fail mark only - these do not contribute to the overall degree score).

The research element of the MRes is assessed via a coursework, presentations and the final MRes thesis submitted in mid-September.

"The MRes was really important to transition from whatever studies you were pursuing before to neuroscience. In a field that interdisciplinary a good transition is vital and the few courses in the beginning helped a lot."  Carl Lubba, CDT student, cohort 2