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    Full-time: 1 year

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Why study this programme?

As a student on our MRes programme you’ll be taught by internationally-recognised experts in various fields of neuroscience. As active researchers, we undertake wide range of basic and pre-clinical research and this first hand research experience will inform and drive your learning. You will enjoy specialist talks from external expert speakers, hear the latest findings at the Faculty research seminar series and ultimately integrate into the research culture through your extended research project which spans two semesters.

The programme has a strong focus on employability skills. You will gain hands-on experience of a range of cutting-edge laboratory skills, learn to effectively plan and manage a successful research project, and become fully trained in lab safety and risk assessment so that you can hit the ground running when you begin your project.

Whether your aspirations are to undertake a PhD towards a career in research, gain lab experience to prepare you for work in industry, develop postgraduate-level transferrable skills or whether you just want to focus on a fast-faced and exciting area of bioscience, our MRes Neuroscience course is the programme for you!

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Entry Requirements

2:2 BSc (Hons) degree or above in related subject (e.g. biomedical sciences, pharmacology, biochemistry, pharmacy, physiology, genetics etc) or appropriate work-related experience, which will be considered on a case by case basis.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • Module 1 Current Trends in Neuroscience (20 credits)
  • Module 2 Research Methods (20 credits)


  • Module 3 Research Proposal (20 credits)
  • Module 4 Research Project (120 credits)

Further Information

Research topics and projects

Research topics which will be covered in the course include:

  • The causes of dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease
  • Diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours
  • The neuropharmacology of psychoactive substances
  • Behavioural and neurodevelopment disorders, including autism spectrum disorders
  • The molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity and neurotransmitter release in learning and memory
  • The impact on neuroimmunology on brain disorders
  • Stem cell models of neurological conditions

Indicative research projects you can undertake include:

  • Modelling drug abuse in invertebrates
  • microRNA regulation of the blood-brain barrier
  • Epigenetic mechanisms underlying memory impairment in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Molecular mechanisms underlying astrocytic atrophy in Alzheimer’s disease
  • A human in vitro model of astrocyte reactivity
  • Mechanisms of chemotherapy induced cognitive impairment and potential approaches therapeutic prevention
  • Behavioural analysis and therapeutic interventions in preclinical models of neurodevelopmental disorders


Expert guests from academia and industry will enrich your studies on this programme. You will also enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and be supported by research-focused staff.

You will be assessed through a variety of means including essays, oral presentations, examinations and dissertation. We will support you in all aspects of assessment, offering formative assessments and timely feedback.

View research from the Faculty on our dedicated website

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.