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Graduate Admissions

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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 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 coordinator, will provide individual guidance and general support and meet the students at least once a term (i.e. at least three times during the MPhil course).

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

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


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


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


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.


Students will receive regular oral feedback and advice from their supervisor about performance and research direction through the course, and students can also expect to receive termly formal feedback reports via the online feedback and reporting system.



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 PhD 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 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. 2, 2019
Application deadline
June 30, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019

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