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Contact details

Mrs Lori Coletti Campbell

Email: l.coletti@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3240

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£12,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£23,000 (FT)

Departmental Scholarships: two of £2,000 each

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Biosciences (Division of)

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Neuroscience MSc

Our brain and its workings define who we are. Neuroscience is discovering how the nervous system functions in health and disease from the molecular to the behavioural level. It is a vibrant area of science with regular exciting new breakthroughs, but there is still much to be discovered. UCL is the leading neuroscience institution in Europe, and this MSc is grounded within a vast repertoire of expertise.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Lectures are given by researchers recognised internationally in their field. In addition to providing experience and participation in cutting-edge neuroscience, the programme generates several transferable skills, notably advanced laboratory research methods, data analysis, computer literacy, oral presentation, critical appraisal of specialised literature, and time management.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Division of Biosciences is one of the largest and most active research environments for basic biological research in the UK, and UCL has one of the largest, most dynamic and exceptional neuroscience communities in the world.

UCL has 450 principal investigators covering all aspects of neuroscience.

This MSc provides students with a broad knowledge of neuroscience, together with first-hand experience of undertaking a research project in their area of expertise.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Receptors and Synaptic Signalling
  • Neuroscience Journal Club

Optional Modules

  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Neurobiology of Degeneration and Repair
  • Cognitive Systems Neuroscience
  • Systems and Circuit Neuroscience

Research project

Students undertake an original research project which culminates in a 6,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and a laboratory project. Student performance is evaluated through formal examination, coursework, and the research project,

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences, life sciences or related subject area, or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification and relevant work experience may also apply.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme aims to train postgraduate students primarily towards their subsequent completion of a PhD and a career in research. It also provides an excellent training towards related careers such as in scientific journalism and in areas requiring critical appraisal of complex data.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Neuroscience at graduate level
  • why you want to study Neuroscience at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic, personal and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The majority (more than 80%) of our graduates take up PhD positions in neuroscience research. In addition, first destinations of recent graduates include:

  • SRB Enterprise Ltd: Director of own consulting business
  • UCL Hospital: Researcher
  • Institute of Neurology, UCL: Research Assistant
  • Clock Work Pharmacy: Pharmacist
  • NHS: Medical Secretary
  • Universit√© de Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris: END PhD Programme

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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