M.Phil. On Campus

Basic and Translational Neuroscience

12 months
32220 GBP/year
12525 GBP/year
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The Basic and Translational Neuroscience programme offered by the University of Cambridge is a one-year master's course with both taught and research components. Students selected onto the course will follow the structured MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience research training. 


The aims of the  Basic and Translational Neuroscience programme offered by the University of Cambridge are as follows:

  • To give the student experience of research work;
  • To expose them to a variety of laboratory environments and the balance of self-sufficiency and teamwork needed in a researcher;
  • To introduce them to the basic skills of experimental design, project management, time management etc. needed in research;
  • To familiarise the student with the practicalities of laboratory research, imparting an understanding of the nature of bench research, of record keeping and data handling, and of good laboratory practice;
  • To introduce them to basic analytical techniques needed to understand and contextualize their research;
  • To familiarise them with basic scientific writing and presentation skills.

The additional objectives that are specific to this programme will be:

  • To attract students from a wide range of backgrounds into neuroscience by providing a taught module with a basic overview of neuroscience;
  • To provide students with thorough training in neuroscience methods, data analysis, and statistics techniques;
  • To give students the necessary basic yet broad understanding of neuroscience to prepare them for future PhD studies; and
  • To provide students with adequate experience in neuroscience research to enable them to make an informed choice of PhD project if they so wish.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the master's course, students drawn from a diverse range of subject backgrounds are all expected to have:

  • Developed a broad understanding of modern research techniques, and thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to research in topics related to neuroscience
  • Been exposed to a number of theoretical approaches to brain science and trained in critical thinking in the area
  • Acquired specific expertise in neuroscience research methods and statistics
  • Demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and inquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the field
  • Acquired knowledge of a broad range of interdisciplinary research areas and supervisors to inform their choice of PhD projects if applicable
  • Undertaken training in generic and transferable research skills including the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies

Programme Structure

  • 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.
  • For projects in external organizations (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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree
  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English   
  • Reasons for applying

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32220 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12525 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12525 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

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