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ION Education Unit

Email: ion.educationunit@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3448 4740

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£11,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£22,250 (FT)

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

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Brain and Mind Sciences MSc

This international programme is offered by three of Europe's most prestigious centres of research and teaching in cognitive studies and neuroscience: UCL, Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Ecole Normale Superiéure. The programme has a duration of two years, with one year spent in London and the other in Paris.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop an understanding of the cognitive sciences and neurosciences, and how mechanisms operating at the molecular, cell, network and system level subserve normal brain function. They gain a working knowledge of modern methods for scientific and clinical investigation of the human nervous system, alongside an awareness of recent research developments.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The mission of the UCL Institute of Neurology is to carry out high-quality research, teaching and training in basic and clinical neurosciences. Together with our associated hospital, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the institute promotes the translation of research that is of direct clinical relevance into improved patient care and treatment.

Students on this MSc design an individualised programme of study in neuroscience and cognitive science disciplines. The programme offers a grounding in Brain and Mind Sciences from a multi-disciplinary perspective and provides a sound basis for choosing an appropriate topic and supervisor for doctoral research.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits in the first year of the programme at UCL. The programme consists of up to six taught modules (at 15- or 30-credit weighting to a total value of 90 credits) a library project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • All modules are optional


  • Choose modules from the following:
  • Clinical Neuroscience MSc
  • Neuroscience MSc
  • Neuroscience, Language and Communication MSc
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences MSc
  • Philosophy MA
  • Theoretical Neuroscience
  • Cognitive and Decision Sciences MSc
  • Cognitive Neuroscience MSc
  • Linguistics MA
  • Advanced Neuroimaging MSc


All students undertake a library project which is assessed by a 5,000-word essay, and a laboratory research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation and oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Lectures are supported by audio-visual aids and supplementary materials, including hand-outs, reading-lists and references to original papers and/or reviews. Assessment is through coursework, examination, a 5000-word library project and the research dissertation and oral examination.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A first or second-class UK Bachelor's degree in neuroscience or related biological science (e.g. physiology, psychology, biochemistry); or a medical degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. If you have not studied basic cellular neuroscience in your undergraduate degree, you will be required to do an introductory course or take a pre-qualifying or conversion course. Please contact the Education Unit for further information.

Applicants must be able to follow a postgraduate curriculum in both the French and English languages as the programme involves a year of study in London and a year of study in Paris.

Please note: You must have successfully completed the UCL year (year one) in order to progress to year two in Paris.

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 is suitable for students who will benefit from a personalised programme of study and research in the neurosciences and cognitive science disciplines relevant to a career in Brain and Mind Sciences. All students will be rigorously selected on the basis of academic excellence and academic recommendation.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study a two-year, two-centre Master's programme
  • what you think the strengths of a "pick and mix" curriculum are
  • how you think your previous academic and/or research experience might help you meet the demands of the programme
  • what languages you speak, and to what level
  • whether or not you want to do a PhD, or other professional scientific or clinical training when you complete the programme
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.


Students will graduate with a Master's from UCL, an international university diploma (Master's level) from UPMC/ENS and a Dual Masters Degree in Brain and Mind Sciences awarded by the three institutions in partnership. Upon successful completion of the two-year joint MSc programme, students will be able to embark upon a successful career in their chosen field of research into the expression of human behaviour and its biological substrate.

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

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