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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Basic and Translational Neuroscience is no longer accepting new applications.


The course offers both taught and research components including:

A project rotation in a laboratory of the student’s choice, among the projects offered by Cambridge Neuroscience Principal Investigators. The write up for the project will be formally assessed.

Supervisors will be drawn from Principal Investigators listed on the Cambridge Neuroscience web site: For projects in external organisations (industry-based), the student would have an additional academic University based supervisor in addition to the industry-based supervisor. 

Students will be expected to choose from three out of 5-7 research training modules offered from modules and may be shared by other courses.  These modules may vary from year to year. 

In addition to the research project and research training modules, the students will receive a total of >20 hours of lectures, seminars and workshops on the five main themes of Cambridge Neuroscience.

Students taking this degree will be members of the University’s Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) who offer a wide variety of Generic Skills Training.

One to one supervision

The Programme Director will be appointed as Principal Supervisor for all students for the duration of the Masters year; project supervisors drawn from the principal investigators or senior research staff within their groups will also be assigned for the research projects. The Principal Supervisor assisted by the Programme Co-ordinator will provide individual guidance and general support and meet the students at least once a term (i.e. at least 3 times during the MPhil course).

Seminars & classes

Interdisciplinary seminars and journal clubs (minimum attendance 1/week)


Neuroscience lectures  >20h during the Michaelmas and Lent Terms


Research training modules – must complete 3 out of 5-7 modules offered.


Students will participate in a symposium where they will have the opportunity for presenting their research. Students will be encouraged to join cognate learned Societies such to give presentations arising from their projects at relevant conferences.


Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term.  Feedback is provided by the Principal Supervisor and Programme Co-ordinator.  



 A report on the research project, approved or prescribed by the Degree Committee, not exceeding 10,000 words in length, including tables, figure legends, and appendices, but excluding bibliography.


One essay, not exceeding 5,000 words in length, on a topic approved by the Degree Committee of the Faculty of Biology. With the permission of the Degree Committee, the essay may be by a research proposal for a prospective Ph.D. project;



Written examination

An MCQ paper on Research methods and statistics critical appraisal;


The examination shall include an oral examination on the work submitted by the candidate under(a)–(c) above and on the general field of knowledge within which such work falls.

Key Information

12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 5, 2016
Application deadline
June 29, 2017
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2017

All deadlines are 12:00pm UK time on the date stated. Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Gates Cambridge (USA)
Oct. 12, 2016
Gates Cambridge (EU)
Dec. 7, 2016
All Overseas
Dec. 7, 2016
All EU & Home (not Gates)
Jan. 4, 2017

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