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:

  • Neuroscience
  • Statistics & Data Analysis
  • Neurotechnology Journal Club
  • Ethical & Social Implications of Neurotechnology
  • Computational Methods training

Plus elective modules from the following groups:

  • Modules from the MSc in Biomedical Engineering, eg Machine Learning & Neural Computation, Biomimetics, Computational Neuroscience, Brain-Machine Interfaces
  • Technical lab skills workshops, eg Optical Imaging Techniques, Techniques in Molecular Bioengineering, Electrophysiology

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 literature review and thesis proposal submitted in 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.