A little bit of background. I did my undergraduate degree in medicine i.e. MBBS. I was always inclined towards academia and research, so I went for masters in human anatomy from UK (it was a taught program). My thesis was on the neural pathways of fear and anxiety as a result I ended up reading so much besides neuroanatomy, which turned out to be in the realms of neuroscience.
Now I want to pursue PhD in neuroscience either in Canada or EU and most if not all of the PhD programs that I've looked into ask for some sort of research experience and knowledge about Matlab or Python. But the problem is I don't have any research experience and there is no research taking place in this field in my country let alone my city. As far as programming languages are concerned, I have just started learning Matlab on my own.
Here are my questions: What are the chances of getting into a neuroscience PhD program (specifically) without any research experience or should I go for MRes in neuroscience, gain some research experience and then apply for a PhD.