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

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £12,100
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000

Application date

  • 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).

Core Modules

  • All modules are optional

Options

  • 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
  • Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology MSc

Dissertation/report

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.


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.

International equivalencies

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
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.


Career

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

Employability

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.


Next steps

Contact

T: +44 (0)20 3448 4740

Department

Institute of Neurology

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Prospectus subject

Neurology

Faculty overview

Brain Sciences


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Staff View

"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

Student View

"The neurology cluster at Queen Square means you can bump into world leaders in your field just by crossing the road."

Tara Noone

Degree: Advanced Neuroimaging MSc