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Teaching

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 website. 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 three research training modules from the five to seven available. These modules vary from year to year, and may be shared with other courses. 

In addition to the research project and research training modules, the students will receive a total of more than 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 core skills training. Visit the Researcher Development page on the GSLS website for more information.

One to one supervision

The programme director will be appointed as principal supervisor for all students for the duration of the master's 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 (ie at least three times during the MPhil course).

Seminars & classes

Interdisciplinary seminars and journal clubs (minimum attendance one per week)

Lectures

More than 20 hours of neuroscience lectures during the Michaelmas and Lent terms

Practicals

Research training modules – must complete three out of the five to seven modules offered

Posters

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

Feedback

Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term.  Feedback is provided by the principal supervisor and programme co-ordinator. 

Assessment

Thesis

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.

Essays

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 PhD project.

 

 

Written examination

An MCQ paper on research methods and statistics critical appraisal.

Other

The examination shall include an oral examination on the work submitted by the candidate and on the general field of knowledge within which such work falls.

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Key Information


12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2018

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2017
Application deadline
June 30, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2018

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 4, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2017

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