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. Students design an individualised programme of study, exploring multi-disciplinary perspectives.
Mode of study
- Full-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £12,100
- Overseas Full-time: £23,000
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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 affect normal brain function. They gain a working knowledge of modern methods for scientific and clinical investigation of the human nervous system, along with exposure to leading-edge research.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
Students on this programme benefit not only from the high-quality teaching and training available through the UCL Institute of Neurology, but also through our partners in Paris.
The programme is two years in length, with the first year spent in London and the second in Paris. Students will undertake two distinct research projects.
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).
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:
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
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 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
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.
Top career destinations for this programme
- UCL Institute of Neurology, Full-time funded PhD student, 2012
- Karolinska Institute, Sweden, Full-time funded PhD student, 2011
- University of Maryland, Full-time funded PhD student, 2011
Students will design their own curriculum in both London and Paris, tailoring their studies to their own area of interest. The individualised nature of the programme attracts intellectually mature students who are confident enough to define their own research path. The opportunity to undertake original research in two centres of excellence makes the successful student more attractive to potential PhD supervisors, as evidenced by the fact that 90% of graduating students go on to full time doctoral studies.
"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
"The neurology cluster at Queen Square means you can bump into world leaders in your field just by crossing the road."
Degree: Advanced Neuroimaging MSc