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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £12,600
- UK/EU Part-time: £6,450
- Overseas Full-time: £23,700
- Overseas Part-time: £11,850
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
In addition to providing experience and participation in cutting-edge neuroscience, delivered by internationally recognised researchers, 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 over 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.
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).
Students undertake an original research project which culminates in a 7,000-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:
Scholarships available for this department
This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.
These awards are based on academic merit and/or financial need.
This Scholarship is specifically design for those students who are experiencing financial hardship.
Based on financial need
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
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
The majority (more than 80%) of our graduates take up PhD positions in neuroscience research, including some who stay on at UCL.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Kensington and Chelsea NHS, Healthcare Coordinator, 2011
- University College London , Research Associate, 2011
- University College London, Health Psychology Lecturer, 2011
- North East London NHS, Research Psychologist, 2011
- Imperial College London, Research Associate, 2011
The MSc Neuroscience provides a gateway into a career in neuroscience. Around 80% of our students progress to a PhD and them on into careers in academia, industry and other allied biomedial professions. The remainder go into career such as: healthcare, education and commercial scientific research.
"In London, and at UCL in particular, I am surrounded by excellent colleagues who have helped me to shape my research in numerous ways. At least half of the techniques we use today in the laboratory were unknown to me until I joined UCL and started collaborating with colleagues."
Professor Matteo Carandini
Professor of Visual Neuroscience
Subject: Ophthalmology, Faculty: Brain Sciences
"UCL has a lot of facilities that make your educational journey very interesting. The state-of-the-art laboratories, the interactive and scenario-based learning methods, the libraries and the location of the school in the heart of London made it even more amazing than I could ever hope for!"
Degree: Genetics of Human Disease MSc