CDT programme structure

The CDT Neurotechnology programme is not a standard PhD programme. The training programme has a '1+3' structure; the first year is a purpose-developed MRes in Neurotechnology, which provides students with the technical and research skills necessary to continue on to the three year PhD which follows.  Throughout the 4 years, there is considerable emphasis upon multidisciplinary and transferrable skills, through centre activities beyond the individual research project.

The MRes in Neurotechnology

During the MRes year, students take 3 months of taught courses and then carry out a 9-month research project, which will involve laboratory rotations (as part of a single project), with a single thesis submission at the end of the MRes year. The aim of the MRes is to develop all of the technical skills required to carry out the PhD work successfully and provide the student with a grounding in research.

It is anticipated that the majority of students in the programme will come from engineering or physical sciences backgrounds, and the MRes year reflects this.  Examples of MRes taught modules include Introduction to Neuroscience, a custom-developed course aimed at providing engineering and physical science graduates with a thorough grounding in neuroscience, Statistics & Data Analysis, Ethics workshops, laboratory technical skills workshops and modules from the MSc Biomedical Engineering, such as Computational Neuroscience, Brain-Machine Interfaces and Machine Learning & Neural Computation. Visit the MRes Neurotechnology page for further details.

The PhD

Students will focus on intensive research work under the guidance of a supervisory team, the members of which will bring specific complementary technical and neuroscience expertise to the project. In addition, the student cohorts will regularly get together for ongoing transferrable skills courses and research symposia. During the course of their PhD, students will spend a 3 month internship in industry, and/or an international academic research institution.

Addtional training elements

In conjunction with their academic training, CDT students benefit from additional training elements throughout the programme including:

  • professional skill straining workshops
  • neurotechnology colloquia and seminars
  • Winter School
  • annual research symposium
  • public engagement and outreach training and activities
  • careers training
  • attendance at national and international conferences
  • internship or academic exchange