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Neuroscience (Life Sciences) MPhil

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Degree awarded
12 months (full-time), 24 months (part-time)
Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement for MPhil study is a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a Lower Second class honours degree supplemented by appropriate relevant experience, may be acceptable.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

The MPhil is a one-year research degree where students get the opportunity to study a specific research project. The MPhil degree can act as a stand-alone degree for applicants who would like to gain experience in a specific area, or can be linked to a PhD programme. Rather than register on a direct entry 3 or 4 year PhD, some postgraduates may first register on a one-year MPhil programme. Subsequently students may then wish to transfer on to a full PhD programme with a further 2 or 3 years of study.

Neuroscientists in the Faculty interact to deliver a wide range of projects focused on research into the cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuronal regulation and neurodegeneration in the CNS and PNS. A major focus is to understand processes of neurodegeneration in order to uncover aetiology and/or treat the common diseases of the nervous system, for example Alzheimers, Parkinsons disease and stroke. There are also several groups studying how the brain controls complex behaviours such as feeding and sleeping. In vivo and in vitro techniques are used and include primary neuronal cell culture, patch-clamp recording, ion flux Imaging, receptor binding assays and imaging of GFP- fusion proteins. There is a significant level of collaboration with clinicians and major links with large and small pharmaceutical companies. Drug discovery programmes and neuroscience- based spin out companies are being set up and encouraged through interaction with Manchester Biotech, which is ideally positioned adjacent to the Faculty. General areas of neuroscience research include:

  • The Basal Ganglia & Movement Disorders 
  • Actions of Cytokines & Growth Factors in the Brain 
  • Cell Biology of Neuronal Regulation & Neurodegeneration 
  • Molecular Basis of Ion Channel Function 
  • Peripheral & Diabetic Neuropathy 
  • Comparative Neuroendocrinology 
  • Neuronal Control of Biological Clocks
  • Regulation of Body Weight & Feeding


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPhil (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Low £6,800, Medium £13,450, High £18,450
    International students (per annum): Standard £18,000, Low £20,100, Medium £25,100, High £30,300
  • MPhil (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Low £3,350, Medium £6,500, High £9,050
    International students (per annum): Standard £9,000, Low £10,050, Medium £12,550, High £15,150

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Life Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 5608
+44 (0)161 275 5657

Academic department overview

See: About the Faculty of Life Sciences.

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