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MSc Neuroscience

at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London

Poster Exam Guidelines

The recommended size for the poster is A0 (841 x 1189mm) and should be printed in landscape layout.

Download Powerpoint template.

Instructions on printing posters using the College printers are here.

  • The poster should show the full title of your project.
  • It should be on one slide only.
  • Text should be brief and well-organized, presenting only enough data to support your conclusions.
  • The text should make clear the significance of your research.
  • The text should include (most likely as separate elements of the poster) your hypothesis, methods, results, and conclusions. Examples of posters can be found on KEATS.

A clear, simple, uncluttered arrangement is the most attractive and the easiest to read.

The title lettering should be approximately 3"/8cm high, with authors' names and affiliations in somewhat smaller print.

All lettering should be legible from a distance of approximately 5'/1.5m. Type size should be at least 24 point, in bold style. The typeface chosen should be a simple and clear one (e.g., Helvetica, Arial). Titles should be in all upper case letters. Color should be used sparingly, to provide contrast. The featured parts of the poster can be highlighted with warm colours, and the less important parts can be done in cool colours. Some suggestions for colour combinations are as follows: Green on white, red on white, black on white, blue on white, white on blue, and white on black.

Illustrations should be simple and eye-catching, with unnecessary detail left out. If possible, convert tables to graphic displays. Pie graphs can be used to show parts of a whole, line graphs can be used to show trends or changing relationships, and bar graphs can be used to show volumes.

There are examples of wet lab and dry lab posters on KEATS for your reference.

Patient confidentiality must be protected. No names should appear in illustrations.

Personal Statement:

Please send us a copy of your “Personal Statement” from your Project Report to put on your poster board.

Further guidance is available from several websites, e.g.,

Design of scientific posters
Creating effective posters
Colin Purrington


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