Experimental Neuroscience

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Campus: Hammersmith

Course Director
Prof Stephen M Gentleman

Open to applications
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Overview

The aim of this one-year full-time course is to provide you with a broad research training in neuroscience, which will prepare you for PhD studies and enable you to make a more informed choice for your research.

You will complete three projects during the year, designed to give you practical experience of laboratory research, and chosen to cover a wide range of skills. Projects are provided by academics who are leaders in their fields of research and cover a wide range of disciplines including:

  • cell and molecular biology
  • genetics
  • neuropathology
  • imaging

You will also be required to write three mini-dissertations on set topics covering all aspects of neuroscience.

On completion of the course you should have an understanding of the basic and applied aspects of research in the field of neuroscience and a range of transferable skills.

The skills acquired will also be of value for those wishing to pursue a career in clinical service, industry or scientific publishing.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

The first week consists of an introduction to the College, and several transferable skills sessions. Additional transferable skills training is available according to individual student requirements.

You will 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, you write three mini-dissertations on set topics covering all aspects of neuroscience.

Topics for the mini-dissertations are set at the start of the rotations.

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.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry
£13,000

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
£30,600

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

2:1 Honours degree in an appropriate science subject.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Application process

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply early. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

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Contact us

Dr Patricia Cover:
T: +44 (0)20 3311 7275
E: p.cover@imperial.ac.uk

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