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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Experimental Neuroscience

Receive broad research training in neuroscience to prepare for further PhD study or a career in clinical service.

Receive broad research training in neuroscience to prepare for further PhD study or a career in clinical service

Build planning and project management skills and learn to communicate science effectively to a variety of audiences

Gain practical experience of laboratory research on three research projects

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MRes

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £18,650 Home

    • £43,250 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • Hammersmith

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 degree in an appropriate subject

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Course overview

Build your research skills in neuroscience on this Master's course, designed to prepare you for further PhD research study.

You will be taught by leaders in fields of research such as cell and molecular biology, genetics, neuropathology, imaging and computation, equipping you to make more informed choices for your own research.

You'll complete three 12-week projects during the year, and gain practical experience of laboratory research while building a range of transferable skills.

For each project, you'll work with different research groups to experience a broad range of laboratory environments and practical techniques pertinent to this field.

On completing the course, you will have a thorough understanding of the field of neuroscience and a range of transferable skills that will make you a desirable candidate for roles within academia, research organisations and pharmaceutical companies.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

The programme is comprised of three modules and each module consists of a research project and a coursework component. 

The projects last at least 12 weeks and are designed to give practical experience of laboratory research.

You'll receive rigorous training in academic research and the scientific process. The transferable skills you gain will also prepare you to make a more informed choice for PhD research or a career in science or medicine.

Core modules

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Coursework
  • Project work

  • 25% Coursework
  • 75% Project work

Teaching and learning methods

  • Laboratory-based research project
  • Person giving seminar
    Departmental seminars
  • A person studying independently
    Independent learning
  • Problem-solving classes
  • Research groups
  • Work-in progress meetings

Assessment methods

  • Dissertations
  • Oral presentations
  • Research project proposal document
    PhD proposal
  • Group activity

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry



The Dean’s Master’s Scholarships

Value per award

  • £10,000

Who it's for

  • All students applying to study a Faculty of Medicine Master’s programme beginning in October 2024
Find out more

The Dr Jean Alero Thomas Scholarships

Value per award

  • Partial or full tuition fee at the Home rate

Who it's for

  • All students applying to study a Faculty of Medicine lab-based Master’s programme beginning in October 2024
Find out more

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

Neuroscience/ View of brain

Learn the fundamentals and applications of neuroscience research.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Develop the transferable skills required to forge a career in clinical service, industry or scientific publishing.

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The Department of Brain Sciences also provides an ideal environment to pursue a PhD and build your career in research.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications