Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Research


Professional Certificate (PCert)



This Professional Certificate (PCert) course will provide you the knowledge of functional human neuroanatomy and neuronal communication, and how to use this information to participate in neuroscience and neuroimaging research projects. If you're intrigued by the mysteries of the brain, eager to unravel its secrets, and fascinated by the technologies that allow us to peek into its workings, this course is your portal to understanding the essence of consciousness. Dive into the fascinating world of neuroscience, where the complexities of the brain are unraveled layer by layer. Explore the foundations of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and the latest breakthroughs in understanding brain function and behavior. Embark on a journey through the revolutionary field of neuroimaging, where technologies open windows into the brain's inner workings. Learn the art of mapping the brain – from identifying regions responsible for specific functions to exploring the intricate networks that underlie cognition. Develop your understanding of how different brain regions communicate and collaborate to give rise to human experiences. This course will also provide you with the basic knowledge to participate in neuroscience research. You will also explore the applications of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in brain imaging.


In the first two modules, you’ll develop your core scientific understanding across the breadth of neuroanatomy and biology including an overview of the properties of neurons. In the last two modules, you will learn about the latest applications and methods of MRI in brain imaging such as Functional MRI (fMRI) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI). You will also have the opportunity to use your skills and knowledge to work on a final research project report. This will develop your research skills further in neuroscience and neuroimaging.



Start Date: 31 May 2024

Duration: 1 month (4 weeks)

Delivery: Online

Workload: 4-6 hours per week

Fees: £149

Registration: Register here

Contact: Elisa Hampson



  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of fundamental concepts in neuroscience, including neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and the basic principles underlying brain function
  • Explore the clinical applications of neuroimaging in diagnosing and understanding neurological disorders
  • Foster interdisciplinary thinking by integrating knowledge from neuroscience and imaging technologies
  • Stay informed about the latest advancements in the field



The online distance-learning delivery of the course will provide opportunities to receive expertise from the Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID) researchers, material from our partners, and guest lectures.


  • Module 1: Neuroanatomy - Introducing the Brain: Embark on a journey deep into the folds of the brain, unraveling the structural wonders that orchestrate every aspect of human life. Explore the anatomy of the brain, from the macroscopic regions to the microscopic neurons that form the foundation of our cognitive existence. Connect structure to function as we explore how different regions of the brain contribute to various cognitive processes. This module guides to support an in-depth understanding and knowledge of neuroanatomy and brain structure including subdivisions of the vertebrate nervous system and the blood supply to the nervous system.


  • Module 2: Fundamentals of neurobiology: In this module, you will be able to gain knowledge of neurobiology. You will also be able to understand the properties of neurons. You will explore how neurons propagate and communicate signals. Embark on a journey into the heart of neurobiology by exploring the structure and function of neurons. Dive into the world of dendrites, axons, and synapses, unraveling how these cellular components communicate to facilitate the transmission of information.


  • Module 3: Neuroimaging for research: Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of neuroimaging, understanding how advanced technologies allow us to visualize the brain's intricate structures and functions. Explore the evolution of neuroimaging techniques, with a spotlight on the transformative capabilities of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Explore the neuroimaging field and applications of MRI in brain diseases. You will explore the latest brain imaging research and methods including DTI and fMRI. Understand how these techniques provide additional layers of information, offering a comprehensive view of brain structure and function.


  • Module 4: Fluorescence microscopy: This module provides a comprehensive journey into the principles, techniques, and applications of fluorescence microscopy. Explore the fundamental principles of fluorescence and how it is harnessed in microscopy. Understand the advantages of fluorescence microscopy in visualizing live cells and subcellular structures. Understand the components of a fluorescence microscope and their roles in image formation. You will learn the principle of fluorescence microscopy technique, an in-depth review of cell imaging, confocal microscope, and super-resolution microscope.

Entry Requirements


  • This course starts with a beginner level and progresses towards the mid-levels.
  • This course is designed for all levels of students (Undergraduate students, Master's degree students, or Ph.D.).
  • All our online courses are taught in English. Therefore, you must have good English language skills.

Certificate of Completion


After completing all the modules of this programme, you will be provided with an e-certificate of completion at Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID).

Design AND Delivery


This online programme is delivered on our virtual learning platform (Moodle). The programme is self-paced and it can be completed on your schedule within programme's duration. The programme includes recorded lectures, templates, learning material, ebooks, and research-based tasks. It is designed by the CamCID Research Team and Guest Lecturers (faculty members from international universities).

May include additional material from our partners.

Fees and Funding


UK and International: £149 (including electronic certificate).