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 students benefit greatly from a vast repertoire of expertise.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£13,370 (FT) £6,845 (PT)
£25,140 (FT) £12,570 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), one optional modules (15 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

Core Modules

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

Optional Modules

  • Neurobiology of Degeneration and Repair
  • Cognitive Systems Neuroscience

Research project

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Neuroscience MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship

£10,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

£2,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on financial need

MSc in Genetics of Human Disease - Masters Excellence Scholarship

UK/EU Fees plus stipend (1)
UK, EU students

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

£2,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on financial need

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

£2,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


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 degree

  • PhD Student, UCL (2013)
  • PhD Student, University of Cambridge (2013)
  • PhD Student, University of Bristol (2013)
  • Research Assistant, Imperial College London (2013)
  • Scheme Manager, The Royal Society (2013)


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 biomedical professions. The remainder go into careers such as: healthcare, education and commercial scientific research.

Why 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 deep knowledge and hands-on experience in the area of their research project.

Student / staff ratios › 178 staff › 121 taught students › 289 research students

Department: Division of Biosciences

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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

I contribute to programmes such as Neuroscience MSc, Biology of Vision MSc and Brain and Mind Sciences MSc. I also contribute to PhD programmes such as the one offered by CoMPLEX, and in Neuroscience.
Professor of Visual Neuroscience
Staff review

"I joined UCL in 2011 to establish my own laboratory. I study the neural basis of sound perception so it was critical to me that I joined a university that had both a large group of researchers working on hearing, and a large and thriving community of neuroscientists. At the UCL Ear Institute I interact with scientists who work on all aspects of hearing and deafness while being embedded in probably the largest grouping of neuroscientists anywhere in Europe. "

Dr Jennifer Bizley

Neuroscience MSc, Audiological Science MSc
Sir Henry Dale Research Fellow

Application and next steps


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 prepare postgraduate students primarily for PhD study and a career in research. It also provides an excellent training for related careers such as scientific journalism and in areas requiring critical appraisal of complex data.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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  • what particularly attracts you to study this programme at UCL
  • how your academic, personal and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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