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University of Reading

University of Reading

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (by Research)

Enjoy fantastic research facilities while studying at a University with a global reputation in neuroscience disciplines, and take part in research projects that will ensure your employability.

We are renowned for our research in neuroscience disciplines including neurodegeneration, models of CNS disease, electrophysiology, regenerative medicine and stem-cell biology, behavioural neuroscience, cell-based assay, microscopy, molecular biology, cell culture and immunohistology.

You will have access to incredible facilities, including the £17 million Hopkins Building including electrophysiology and microscopy suites, Biological Resource Unit housing, full facilities for conducting research with cell cultures and biological tissues and state-of-the-art assay equipment.

Our strong links with national and international pharmaceutical industry gives you access to industrial laboratories and facilities to support your research. Many of our staff hold external appointments at various national and international research committees which provide you with additional opportunities for participation in conferences and other networking events.

We also encourage a collaborative working environment across the University giving you access to further knowledge and experience. In particular, the School of Pharmacy has strong collaborative links with Departments of Chemistry, Food and Nutrition, School of Biological Sciences and Agriculture.

You will be trained in a wide range of skills and experimental techniques, relevant to many industries, including pharmaceutical, food, healthcare and medical devices.

The projects you work on will be geared towards the needs of academic, industry and charity research priorities to ensure you receive a wide range of experiences give you maximum employability.

Strong links with the biomedical industry have provided previous students with working on collaborative research at overseas institutions.


Reading School of Pharmacy has excellent links with industry, from the big pharma to small and medium-sized enterprises. Many of our graduates go on to work in industry and as researchers at NHS organisations. According to recent data, 100% of taught postgraduates from the School of Pharmacy are in work or further study six months after leaving.[1]

[1] DLHE surveys, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 leavers.

Entry requirements

MSc: Normally a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in an appropriate biological science or related degree, although those with relevant experience are also considered.

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

* Research Methods: provides training in generic and formulation-specific research skills

* Advanced Topics in Research: you will follow a programme of seminars and small group discussions and develop their individual research proposal

* Research project: you will undertake an extended 30 week project in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities on a research topic of their choice.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 22,210 (Whole course) International 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,860 (Whole course) Channel Islands 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,860 (Whole course) EU 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,860 (Whole course) Wales 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,860 (Whole course) Scotland 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,860 (Whole course) England 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,860 (Whole course) Northern Ireland 1 Years

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