Brain Sciences MRes


This 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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £12,100
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


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, research-based tasks and a primary research article.

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Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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

This programme will prepare students for research careers in academia, industry or business, nationally or internationally. The first cohort of students on the Brain Sciences MRes will graduate after 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

Employability

The programme provides a broad understanding of brain sciences. The aim is to give students the best chance of obtaining a place on a relevant PhD programme. In addition the programme includes taught elements that will enhance employability. Transferable skills include statistical training, communication skills, training in research ethics, research governance and in enterprise.


Next steps

Contact

Dr Andrew McQuillin

T: +44 (0)20 3108 2188

W: Brain Sciences

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Staff View

"In London, and at UCL in particular, I am surrounded by excellent colleagues who have helped me to shape my research in numerous ways. At least half of the techniques we use today in the laboratory were unknown to me until I joined UCL and started collaborating with colleagues."

Professor Matteo Carandini

Professor of Visual Neuroscience

Subject: Ophthalmology, Faculty: Brain Sciences

Alumni View

"I was able to collaborate with a great international faculty as part of my research project. The collaborative efforts continue even to this day, for which I am eternally grateful to UCL."

Dr Suraj Rajan

Neurology PG Resident, University of Missouri, USA, 2012

Subject: Neurology, Faculty: Brain Sciences