MRes Experimental Neuroscience
Providing students with broad research training in neuroscience
1 year full-time
The aim of this one-year full-time course is to provide students with a broad research training in neuroscience which will prepare them for PhD studies and enable them to make a more informed choice for their PhD research.
Students will complete three projects during the year, designed to give practical experience of laboratory research, and chosen to cover a wide range of skills.
Students will also be required to write three mini-dissertations on set topics covering all aspects of neuroscience. See the programme timetable
The first week is an introduction to the College and several transferable skills sessions. Additional transferable skills’ training is available according to individual student requirements.
Students complete three projects of at least 12 weeks each during the year, designed to give practical experience of laboratory research, and chosen to cover a wide range of skills. In addition, students write 3 mini-dissertations on set topics covering all aspects of neuroscience.
Topics and deadlines for the mini-dissertations are set at the beginning of each rotation.
Students will be assessed at the end of each project by written report (4,000–6,000 words), supervisor’s assessment of laboratory skills and an assessment of their oral presentation of the project work (February, May and September). Each project accounts for 25% of the course mark.
Mini-dissertations will be assessed after each rotation and account for the remaining 25% of the course mark.
First degree in a science subject (at least an upper second) from a UK university or an equivalent non-UK qualification
Is this programme for you?
The programme is primarily designed to prepare students for an academic or industrial research career.
It will provide broad research training for those wishing to undertake further research training at PhD level. The skills acquired will also be of value for those wishing to pursue a career in clinical service, industry or scientific publishing.
On completion of the programme the student should have:
- an understanding of the basic and applied aspects of research in the field of neuroscience
- an ability to formulate, develop and communicate ideas concerning a future substantive PhD project
- a wide experience of the scientific opportunities within Imperial College
- a range of transferable skills