Help advance understanding of the nervous system by training in cutting-edge neuroscience techniques. Our research seeks to understand how the nervous system, the most complex and highly organised part of the body, is able to generate perception, thoughts and behaviour. We then apply this understanding to seek solutions to real-world problems such as promoting healthy ageing, stroke recovery and spinal cord injury repair. To address such neuroscientific problems, this one year MRes will enable you to spend most of your time in an active laboratory, learning and applying cutting-edge techniques. Take a moment to look at the areas below and consider which research team you could contribute to. If you don’t see an exact match but have an idea of what you’d like to do – please contact Samit Chakrabarty.

Find out more about our Neuroscience research.

Course content

The programme will begin by giving you an overview of the field of neuroscience and the inclusion of advanced tools and techniques useful in interrogating it for preclinical and clinical purposes.

Modules will introduce you to contemporary data analysis tools as well as the fundamentals of bio imaging, using data from real experimental scenarios. The use of core statistical models (classification, regressions), for analysis of different time-series datasets provided by local researchers will be introduced during the data analytics module. During this module you will also analyse and interpret large scale biological and biomedical data to help with the diagnostics and therapeutics of physiological function.

You’ll be provided with the basics of use of algorithms towards solving complex problems like diagnosis of function or improved function with therapies.

Depending on your chosen project, at the end of the course, we expect you to have aquired the skills to:

  • Design and conduct experiments to eludicate the working of the neuronal systems.
  • Develop an understanding of normal neurological function in vertebrates to enable better understanding of dysfunction.
  • Use technologies to interrogate neurological dysfunctions in the vertebrate population (animal and human diseases).
  • Analyse the data using appropriate methods and statistical techniques, and interpret, critically discuss and draw conclusions from these data.
  • Establish efficacious use of new tools and their outcome evaluation to enable easy transfer of knowledge to preclinical and clinical scientists.
  • Provide insight into how this information can then be transferred towards drug discovery, diagnostics, biomarker screening for patient stratification, improved rehabilitation and technological adaptations.
  • Introduce use of big data analysis, use of mathematical algorithms and software pertinent to study of the nervous system and development of new tools involving capture of biological data, processing and its use for producing a define output.

Compulsory modules

  • Bioimaging15 credits
  • Advanced Data Analysis Techniques15 credits
  • Advanced Research Topics30 credits
  • MRes Research Project120 credits

Learning and teaching

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Entry requirements

BSc 1st class or 2i, or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline which would normally be one of the biological or biomedical sciences, but a natural sciences or engineering graduate will be considered subject to evidence of biological knowledge at an appropriate level. Subject to University regulations MBChB or BDS students who had completed 3 years of study may intercalate if eligible.

Career opportunities

There’s an increasing demand for people skilled in the knowledge of biological sciences applied to healthcare, in the form of biological and medical technology. Knowledge of use of large data, its collection and analysis is critical. This is leading to an innovative and disruptive technological development for improved diagnostic and therapeutic tools for mental health, mobility and common dysfunctions like pain.

Upon completion of this programme you’ll be well-placed to undertake a PhD in this field or as a junior research assistant if working in an academic, start-up or industrial environment.

There are career opportunities in neurotechnology, neuroscience and electroceuticals worldwide with industries and start-ups like GSK and BIOS Health. With the growth in healthcare industries locally in Leeds and Yorkshire, in the UK and internationally there’ an increase in demand for skills like data analytics, imaging, neuropathology and healthcare app development.


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