The programme comprises lectures, practical work and workshops in the first term, followed by full-time work on a research project. You will also attend regular symposia and a neurotechnology journal club throughout the year.

Taught Element

You will study four taught modules, worth just over 20% of the overall degree.

Neuroscience (33%)

Introduces students to the key principles and methods of neuroscience, covering multiple levels of organisation, from molecules to behaviour.

Computational and Statistical Methods for Research (33%)

Provides a foundation in Python programming and statistical methods to prepare students for their extended research project.

Frontiers in Neurotechnology Research (33%)

Introduces students to the breadth and variety of research in Bioengineering and develops presentation, writing and critical analysis skills.

Topics in Biomedical Engineering (0% - pass/fail)

Students chose two level 7 modules offered by the department, based on relevance to their specific research project (typical modules incude: Brain Machine Interfaces, Computational Neuroscience, Bits, Hearing and Speech Processing, Mathematical Methods for Bioengineers). These modules are assessed by a written report.

Research Element

The research element comprises 78% of your MRes and provides an opportunity to demonstrate your advanced knowledge and write extensively on an emerging research theme.  In terms 2 and 3, you will focus on your research project, leading to submission of the MRes thesis in early-September.  Your project will be supervised by one or more Imperial College London supervisors who will bring technical and neuroscience expertise to the project.

There are four assessed components of the Research Element:

  • Planning for Research (14%, submitted at the start of Spring term)
  • Research project:
    • Poster presentation (13%, due end of Summer term)
    • Thesis (60%, due early September)
    • Oral exam (13%, due mid-late 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, Mres & CDT Neurotechnology student, cohort 2