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.

Students take the following compulsory modules and practicals in the first term:

  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Statistics & Data Analysis
  • Neurotechnology Journal Club
  • Ethical & Social Implications of Neurotechnology
  • Medical Device Entrepreneurship
  • Machine Learning & Neural Computation
  • Computational Methods training

Plus elective modules including:

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

Additional assessed components are a literature review and thesis proposal submitted at the start of term 2, a poster presentation given at the CDT Research Symposium in term 3, the final MRes project submitted in mid-September (which comprises marks for research conduct and written thesis), plus an oral examination at the end of September.

The overall pass mark for the MRes is 50%, with the weighting of marks as described in the following table:

Mark weighting for MRes Neurotechnology
Taught element

Assessed component
(Total 25%)

Mark weighting
Research element

Assessed component
(Total 75%)

Mark weighting
Written exams:
Intro to Neuroscience
Statistics & Data Analysis
Machine Learning & Neural Computation
Literature review and thesis proposal 10%
Medical Device Entrepreneurship
Ethical & Social Implications of Neurotech

Poster presentation 10%
Journal Club presentations 2.5% MRes project 45%
Computational Methods Training
Elective modules
Oral examination 10%
*pass/fail only (does not contribute to degree score)
Mark weighting for MRes Neurotechnology