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MPhil Neuroscience

UK

What will I learn?

Programme description

In our MPhil programme on Neuroscience we aim to understand the function of the nervous system. Around 50 groups focus their research on different, but complimentary, aspects of nervous system function.

We investigate how single neurons acquire electrical properties, how neural circuits are organised, how circuits process sensory information, store memories, plan motor actions and achieve cognitive function. We also investigate how these networks become dysfunctional in clinical disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, blindness, stroke, schizophrenia) giving rise to symptoms such as memory loss, speech problems, visual deficits and paranoid delusions.

Through recent breakthroughs in techniques such as multi-channel electrophysiological recording, optogenetics, neuroimaging, neurogenetics and computational modelling, all of which are established in Manchester, we have powerful tools at our disposal. We also exploit and integrate a wide range of model systems: from neuronal cell culture, Drosophila , rodents and humans.

Our major research themes include:

  • Regulation of excitability in developing circuits
  • Coding of sensory signals
  • Memory and learning
  • Higher order cognition
  • Phototransduction & circadian biology
  • Neuroimaging
  • The neurobiological basis of brain diseases

Career opportunities

Your postgraduate research degree will open up a range of career opportunities after you graduate.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£25,000.00 (US$ 30,999) per year
The mentioned fee is for 2022/23 year entry. There might be a slight increase in 2023/24 year entry.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

25 September 2023

Venue

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,

Manchester,

M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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