The Neuroscience MSci offers an extra year on top of the Neuroscience BSc, to extend your specialised knowledge of brain function and conduct original neuroscience research. Entry requirements for both programmes are the same and you decide in year two whether to follow the three-year BSc or the four-year MSci.
- Degree Programme
- Neuroscience MSci
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics
A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Chemistry required at Advanced Higher plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade A, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA. Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- The multi-disciplinary structure allows you to draw on expertise across all life sciences. As you progress, lectures will increasingly be given by specialists who are actively involved in related research.
- The programme puts particular emphasis on preparing you for careers that directly involve research or require a sound understanding of its methods.
- UCL and its associated institutes now represent the greatest critical mass of neuroscience researchers in Europe, with an outstanding global reputation.
- Co-operation with UCL's Institutes of Neurology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Child Health, and the newly established Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour offers unrivalled opportunities to access research laboratories for your final-year project.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The first year consists of introductory core courses that provide a secure foundation for future work. Taking courses with other students in the Faculties of Life Sciences and Brain Sciences will give you mutual insight into related disciplines. Taking further core and optional courses in your second year will prepare you for the third year, in which you will select specialised options to suit your own interests; examples include Neural Basis of Motivation and Learning; Pain; Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease and Visual Neuroscience, but there are many more.
There is also an opportunity to transfer to the BSc programme at the end of year two, completing your degree in three years.
In the fourth year you will be able to join an existing research team in one of UCL's departments or institutes to conduct an extended project of original research, guided by a supervisor.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cell Physiology and Developmental Biology
Chemistry for Biology Students
Foundations of Neurobiology
Introduction to Genetics
Introduction to Neuroscience
All first-year courses are compulsory.
Essential Molecular Biology
You will select 2.0 credits from a wide range of options, including:
One of the following:
General and Systematic Pharmacology (1.0 credits)
Introductory Pharmacology (0.5 credits)
Plus at least one of the following, and a further free option that may lie outside Neuroscience:
Developmental Neurobiology (0.5 credits)
Systems Neuroscience (0.5 credits)
The Principles of Cellular Control (0.5 credits)
Individually-supervised literature-based project (1.0 credits)
You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of advanced-level optional courses within Neuroscience and related disciplines.
Individually-supervised Master's-level experimental project (currently 2.0 credits)
Currently, students select 2.0 credits from a wide range of Masters-level optional courses within Neuroscience and other related disciplines. The programme that MSci students follow in their final year is under review, and in future is expected to place additional emphasis on the experimental project and on courses supporting experimental design, experimental methods and data analysis.
Your teaching and learning will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes. Some courses in year one are taught in relatively small groups, while others involve large lectures shared with students on other programmes. Practical classes play an important part throughout your studies, and help to prepare you for the individual research project of your final year.
You will normally take a written examination at the end of the academic year in which you have taken each course, after obtaining up to 30% of your marks through coursework. Some introductory courses are examined by invigilated online tests throughout the year. Your final-year project will involve a written dissertation and an oral presentation.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Neuroscience MSci.
The programme trains you to be literate, numerate, and a critical thinker, which can help you gain success in fields that do not require your specific subject knowledge, as well as in neuroscience itself.
Around half of our graduates choose to pursue further studies in neuroscience or a related life science. Some join one of UCL?s own MSc or PhD programmes, while others obtain PhD scholarships at major research centres worldwide. Among other potential advantages, the MSci programme is intended to make it easier for graduates to enter future PhD programmes at European centres of research excellence.
Some other possibilities are mentioned in the Neuroscience BSc Prospectus entry.
The first cohort of students admitted to this programme will graduate in 2015, therefore no information about their career destinations is yet available. Career destinations of graduates (2010-2013) from the Neuroscience BSc include:
- Full-time student, PhD in Neurobiology at the University of Cambridge (2013)
- Research Technician, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (2013)
- Business Intelligence Analyst, Accenture (2013)
- Full-time student, MBBS in Medicine at the University of Cambridge (2012)
- Full-time student, Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the Institute of Education (2012)
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
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Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas fee
- £21,320 (2016/17)
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.