Neuroscience MRes

 
  

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Qualification
Neuroscience MRes
Duration
1 year full time
Entry requirements
2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September and February
Campus
University Park/Medical School
School/department
Other requirements

Research overview

The programme consists of a combination of research skills training provided by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Postgraduate Training Programme, together with supervised independent research, leading to completion of a Masters by Research (MRes) thesis. 

Our students enjoy expert supervision, extensive training, leading-edge facilities, strong industrial links with major pharma companies and the opportunity to undertake short commercial placements. The school encourages students to present their own original research as abstracts and oral and/or poster communications within the school and at national and international scientific meetings. 

Research students will have access to a superb range of methodologies, ranging from molecular to whole animal and human studies to investigate:

  • Animal Models of Mental Disease: early environmental influences on brain neurochemistry and function in relation to mental disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, schizophrenia and depression, particularly the role of amine, amino acid and neuropeptide neurotransmission; neurogenesis during depression.
  • Drugs of Abuse: mechanisms of reward and aversive behaviour, with particular reference to cannabinoids. Neurotoxicity and metabolites of ecstasy (MDMA).
  • Pain Mechanisms: the roles of GABA, vanilloid and cannabinoid receptor systems in models of chronic pain.
  • Neurodegeneration and Neurotoxicity: molecular mechanisms underlying chronic human neurodegenerative disorders, particularly the role of the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway; mechanisms of reactive metabolite generation in drug toxicity and validation of alternative methods; neurovascular damage mechanisms; embryotoxicity.
  • Hypothalamic Control of Puberty and Body Weight: the hypothalamic basis of energy metabolism; mechanisms involved in male reproductive maturation.
  • Molecular action of neurotoxins: role of astrocytes in maintaining neuronal and vascular function and their involvement in the vulnerability and resistance to natural and chemically-mediated neurodegeneration; effects of hypoglycaemia on brain function. 
 

Facilities

The school provides a rich environment for cross-disciplinary research with a wide range of laboratory facilities.

Neuroscience

  • Two dedicated computerised video-tracking rodent behavioural suites and access to world leading small animal nuclear magnetic resonance imaging facilities. 
  • Dedicated laboratories for in vivo electrophysiology, whole body metabolism, microdialysis and telemetry. These facilitate an integrated approach to characterise animal models of CNS disorders. 

Other facilities 

  • Postgraduate students are provided with a portable computer for use during their period of study (to be returned on completion). 
  • There are wireless-networked facilities throughout most of the school.
  • The school has a common room for use by all staff and students.
 

Research support

A number of University support services exist to assist postgraduate students during their time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) is also a particularly important source of support. 

Graduate School

The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University of Nottingham. 

We offer dedicated facilities, resources and development opportunities including training courses, seminars, paid placements, travel and mobility awards and public engagement opportunities. Researchers in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences also have access to a dedicated training programme delivered by academics and researchers from the faculty or by researcher development professionals from the Graduate School and other professional services. It provides a broad and comprehensive range of research training courses, in line with the requirements set out by the UK Research Councils.

Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre 

The Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre is a hub for postgraduate and research only staff networking and aims to promote a sense of community and enhance the research environment.

Facilities include:

  • study and social space 
  • networked computers
  • a bookable seminar room
  • kitchen facilities
  • a programme of social events

 

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Visit our research projects page to find a supervisor whose expertise match your own research interests.
 

Funding

UK/EU students

UK/European research postgraduates are funded by BBSRC, MRC, NERC, EPSRC, the European Union, The Lawes Trust and The University of Nottingham Scholarship Funds. The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. For prospective students the University has introduced a new funding database. The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of funding. Studentship opportunities are also available.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Average starting salary and career progression

 

In 2016, 92.6% of postgraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,847 with the highest being £70,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

 

Career prospects and employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life. 

 
 
 
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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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