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Dr Andrew McQuillin

Email: a.mcquillin@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 2188

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£11,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£22,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Brain Sciences

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Brain Sciences MRes

This new MRes is an innovative research-led programme which brings together expertise from across the Faculty of Brain Sciences and offers you the opportunity to work and train with leading researchers at one of the most highly regarded centres of excellence in brain science in the world.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students will gain an understanding of the human brain and its disorders from the molecular to systems level that will reflect the interdisciplinary breadth of cutting-edge research in brain sciences conducted at UCL. Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of core personal and professional skills that underpin excellence in research.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This comprehensive programme will provide core knowledge and skills, and ensure that prospective PhD candidates are thoroughly acquainted with the background as well as with the expanding scope of the field.

The unique curriculum will develop knowledge and insight into the broad and interdisciplinary scope of brain science through practical experience and exposure to contemporary topics in brain sciences research delivered through a series of innovative Master Classes led by internationally renowned researchers at UCL.

With an empirical research project encompassing two-thirds of the programme, quantitative and qualitative tools for research will be developed including core skills in the implementation, management and dissemination of research.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and an extensive empirical research project (120 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research Methods I
  • Research Methods II
  • Contemporary Topics in Brain Sciences Research

Options

  • Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
  • Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain
  • Structure and Measurement of the Human Brain
  • Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • Principles of Cognition
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Receptors and Synaptic Signalling

Research project/dissertation

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation in the form of a journal article and an oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, independent study, journal clubs, independent and collaborative problem-based tasks, practical demonstrations and classes, computational work, and a supervised empirical research project. Assessment is through online tasks, unseen written examinations, essays, oral presentations, practicals, research-based tasks and a primary research article.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor of Science degree from a UK university in an appropriate scientific discipline (e.g. neuroscience, cognitive science, biological and biomedical science, medicine, anatomy, physiology, psychology, computer science) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants must meet the UCL English Language Proficiency Requirements. Preference will be given to applicants who have both core knowledge of direct relevance to the MRes programme and relevant expertise and skills in empirical research.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The closing date for all applications is 2 August 2013, however early application is strongly advised due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is ideal for highly motivated students who are interested in understanding the interdisciplinary scope of brain function and dysfunction from the molecular to the systems level, and are seeking a programme that will facilitate integrative, creative and critical thinking in new advances and applied research.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Brain Sciences at graduate level
  • why you want to study Brain Sciences at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

The first cohort of students on this new programme will graduate after 2014. This programme will prepare students for research careers in academia, industry or business, nationally or internationally.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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