MSc Neuroscience

Information About Neuroscience

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Neuroscience aims to understand how the brain works and is one of only a few areas of scientific exploration where fundamental discoveries are yet to take place. UCL has one of the largest, most dynamic and exceptional  Neuroscience communities in the world. This master's in Neuroscience at UCL draws upon this world leading community to provide students with an up to date picture of cutting edge Neuroscience research. Neuroscience, as a subject, is as broad as Science itself. In the one year of the course, we provide students with an excellent grasp of most of the key areas of Neuroscience.

The majority of our students take up PhD positions in Neuroscience research both in the UK and abroad and completion of this course equips them for an excellent future scientific career.

Please select from the tabs below for further information about the MSc Neuroscience.

Aims & Objectives

The MSc in Neuroscience aims to give students a broad background in the most recent ongoing research in the field of Neuroscience as it is carried out at University College. The design of the course aims to maximise the students' transferable skills, including the training in:

  1. Laboratory research training in either cellular, molecular or systems neuroscience depending upon choice of research project.
  2. Data analysis.
  3. Computer literacy - courses available through our Graduate School.
  4. Oral presentation skills - research and data presentation.
  5. Critical appraisal of up-to-date literature in journals such as Nature, J. Neuroscience, etc.
  6. Writing skills - essays and final dissertation.
  7. Time management and taking responsibility for own workload.
  8. Ability to use deduction and initiative,
  9. Being able to work independently and as part of a team.

Module information for the 2013-14 Academic Year

The table below shows the entry criteria for the MSc in Neuroscience. Some offers are made automatically if the applicant satisfies the necessary criteria outlined in the table below. UK based automatic offer holders will be invited to visit UCL at one of our open days to learn more about the degree.  Overseas based automatic offer holders will be contacted by one of the course tutors for an informal discussion by telephone.

Applicants who do not satisfy the automatic offer criteria might be invited to an interview to determine whether they have the sufficient background for the MSc Neuroscience. UK based applicants will be invited to visit UCL for an interview and overseas based applicants will be interviewed by telephone.

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide recent evidence that their standard of written and spoken English is adequate for studying at graduate level. UCL's Graduate English Language Requirements web page provides information about acceptable tests and guidelines.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements
(Including compulsory subjects and modules)
Note: conditional offers (of 2:1 degree or international equivalent) will be given to candidates that have not already graduated (subject to the criteria below)

(1) Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or on course trajectory) in Neuroscience would be considered for an offer without interview.

(2) Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or on course trajectory) in a biomedical science related discipline or minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in Psychology with a significant component of molecular or cellular biology/neuroscience evident in their transcripts.

Offers conditional on minimum 2:1 degree. International students will be judged on equivalencies to these levels.

For interview: 2:1 undergrad degree (or on course trajectory) in science discipline without evidence in transcript of significant Neuroscience/cell biology course content. Interview will determine whether candidate has sufficient background for the MSc Neuroscience.
Other Requirements
(Graduate degree)

If above not satisfied then a minimum pass at M-level in a molecular/cellular biology/biomedical sciences degree.
English Language Requirement Level UCL “Good” level - international students must satisfy UK Border Agency (UKBA) English Language Proficiency requirement for all Tier 4 General Student visas.

Further information about the programme including how to make an application is available in the UCL Online Prospectus

Fees for the 2014-15 Academic Year:

£12,600 for full time UK/EU students

£23,700 for full time overseas students

£6,450 per year for part time UK/EU students

Funding Opportunities:

Departmental Scholarships 2 of £2,000 each.
These are available to any student and are on the basis of previous academic achievement and/or need.

Other Funding

Applications for funding from any of the links below need to be made independently of your application for the MSc

Comments from some former students during the 2011-12 academic year
(Including the degree held when joining the programme)

Excellent course, both the taught modules as well as the project. The combination of teaching, research and discussion in an intense year was extremely fulfilling.
Varun (India) BSc Zoology

I've never been as happy to learn so much. The process was a tour de force through the detailed research of the worlds best investigators, techniques past and present and synthesis of models which shape our "understanding" of the brain. The exciting finale was to run our own investigation: a humbling chance to wrestle with nature to glean some truths on our own.
David (UK) Masters Computer Science

Very well structured course. Large variation in project choices, suitable for all types of interest. Very sufficient time for project, allowing full development of experimental techniques.
Tony (UK) BSc Biomedical Sciences

The course was fantastic with a great depth in each topic but a great breadth therefore we have the opportunity to experience all areas of neuroscience from developmental to pathology.
Alan (UK) BSc Biomedical Sciences

The course gives an excellent introduction to many diverse topics in neuroscience and a good understanding of the process of research in labs today. It is well organised and the tutors are very helpful. There is potential to learn and develop important research skills in the project.
Eleanor (UK) BSc Psychology

To read more comments from our former students expand the links below


An excellent program providing leading edge lectures and world-class research training in top labs. The course certainly equipped us with latest neuroscience frontiers and research skills for further academic studies. Very happy to be one of this big family, and easy to find a funded PhD place afterwards.
Qiusong (China) BEng

The MSc Neuroscience at UCL is an intense and challenging course taught by the pioneers and best people in the field.
Jonas (Germany) BSc Molecular Biotechnology

I would highly recommend this course to anyone hoping to pursue a career in Neuroscience research as the breadth of the teaching received and the experience gained as part of the research project will give you a great advantage further down the line in a research career.
Michael (UK) BSc Psychology

The program was challenging – and rightly so. As a psychology graduate many aspects of the material were completely new to me. It was extremely satisfying at the end of the year looking back on how much we had learnt.
John (UK) BSc Psychology

The year was challenging but also very fulfilling. Academically, I feel like I gained a very strong foundation for a career in neuroscience research. The design of the course with molecular and optionally more system and cognitive elements is in my view the best preparation to address future research questions that require interdisciplinary approaches. Personally, I made friends that will hopefully last for a lifetime. The collaboration and mutual help that I experienced in this course were deeply enriching.

I am a mature student who joined after a long break from my clinical job because of family. I am interested in research field. I am very pleased to have taken the decision to do MSc as I have personally gained a very useful knowledge and training in the area of research through Masters in Neuroscience. I believe it is essential for anyone who wants to take up PhD in an area of Neuroscience. I found my tutors very helpful and co-operative. Generally, the lectures were of high quality and comprehensive. All in all, my experience is very productive and useful.
Sabaena (UK) MBBS

Challenging, exhausting, fun and a lot of hard work. Being able to pick the two modules during the second semester allows you to tailor the course to your individual interests.
Abhishek (UK) MB ChB, Medicine


Excellent. Better than I could have hoped for. The course was comprehensive and detailed whilst remaining interesting and enjoyable. All in all a hugely valuable year.

Robert (UK) BSc Biomedical Sciences

Well worth the trip from California! Everything I had hoped for and more.
Taylor (USA) BSc Cognitive Science

The MSc was the best learning experience I have undertaken, the level of teaching and supervision is excellent.
Mark (UK) BSc Psychology

The course was a great insight into just how incredible our nervous system, and the human body, is. Very intense but worth the effort.
Chelsea (New Zealand) BSc Molecular Cell Biology

I really enjoyed the course: the contents, the lecturers, the course mates! They work you hard enough (but not too hard) so you get a good balance and are actually to enjoy it.
Shu (Hong Kong) BSc Pharmacology

The course was really well organised and comprehensive, suitable/challenging enough for both science and gradautes from other disciplines. There was an excellent range of projects. The tutors were friendly, approachable and supportive, a thoroughly positive experience.
Nicola (UK) BSc Biomedical Sciences

Great lectures that give you a grasp of what is going on at the forefront of the field. Valuable experience in the techniques and methodology of scientific research in general.
Jon (UK) BSc, Medicinal Chemistry

I have learnt a huge amount this year. I could not have had a better start to my academic career.
Peter (Albania) BSc Biology


The course was well organized and was flexible in choice of project.  Journal clubs were excellent.  
Lee (UK) BA Physiology and Psychology

I found it really a great fun but very challenging program.
Qais (UK) BSc Pharmacology

The MSc in Neuroscience is excellent and recommendable to anyone fascinated by the brain and motivated to become a professional neuroscientist.  It offers what best is available in terms of knowledge and facilities, leaving the student with a constructive amount of responsibility.
Artur (Portugal) BSc Biology

Good combination of taught course with a one-year research project.  Development of critical abilities in the course using a journal club.  
Anonymous (UK) BSc Neuroscience.

It was hard work abut I enjoyed it very much.  
Anonymous (UK) BSc Neuroscience


Just being at UCL was fantastic.  The opportunity to do neuroscience was stimulating, rewarding and mind blowing.  
Anonymous (UK) MBA and UCL prequalifying year

Lectures cover many aspects from development to neurodegenerative diseases.  Lecturers are true experts in their field.  The project part is really central to the overall aim of the degree.  I am very glad that I chose UCL.  
Anonymous (France) BSc Neuroscience

The MSc Neuroscience is a very good course, intense but very enjoyable.  Especially the mix of theory and practical work in the lab makes this course a very good experience.  
Anonymous (Germany) BA Media &Culture Studies

The course was enjoyable and I am sure that this year of my life will be unforgettable!
Maria (Greece) Medicine

It was a  very challenging and demanding course but worth it as  it equips me with the necessary knowledge and skills I need  to move to other options.  
Anonymous (Brunei) BSc Pharmacology

It's a very good opportunity for me to study here.  I've got totally different educational experience and explored the world more.  Definitely I know more about neuroscience and understand there is more to go on researching.  
Ching-Hua (Taiwan) MD Chinese Medicine

The course was well structured and organised.  I found it enjoyable and interesting and learnt a lot of new things.  Very different to an undergraduate degree.  
Monika (UK) BSc Pharmacology

This was an enjoyable and informative course and I rate it highly.  
Alex (UK) BSc Biology

A very enriching and intense experience.  Hard work but interesting, so it's all for the best.  
Anonymous (France) MSc Physics

The course was intense yet well structured programme of study.  In many areas it highlighted the current research being carried out to understand the area more.  
Anonymous (UK) BSc Molecular Biology


I feel fortunate for having taken this course - it was not my first choice, I would have preferred to go straight into a PhD, but I feel far better prepared for life as a scientist thanks to this year.
Paul (UK) BSc Neuroscience

The course organisation and content provide a fundamental basic requirement for the overall understanding of neurological disorders and highly recommended for any aspiring clinicians and practising clinicians with interest in neurology.
Sansui (Nigeria) MBBS

Great course if you're uncertain about research. I was able to determine whether a PhD was for me.
Mike (UK) BSc Natural Sciences

I enjoyed the course as it was nicely split up between practical and theoretical work. I imagined it a lot harder than it was and I was amazed that even someone who had a background in psychology could do well on the course.
Kate (Germany) BSc Psychology

Really enjoyed the course - interesting topics, expert teachers, great class!
Roxy (UK) BSc Developmental Biology

It's a wonderful year. I got lots more knowledge than expected. The lectures were extensive and well organized. The project in the lab was excellent and very enjoyable.
Wei (China) BA Biology


I thought the course was well structured with many different subjects within the field of neuroscience being taught although demanding in terms of reading material, course also encourage students to ask questions and be critical.

A very good experience I have gained valuable lab experience.

I truly enjoyed my year at UCL the lectures were interesting and it was great to be able to learn from reading in their fields. It was definitely a challenging year but fulfilled, seeing the results of my hard work in my dissertation.


It has been a great experience. It has provided me with essential knowledge in the field and interested me so much that I decided to continue my studies as a PhD student.
Anonymous (Cyprus) BSc Biology

The MSc Neuroscience is a very worthwhile course. Its really exposed me a great deal to the field and it certainly will be of benefit to me. I would definitely recommend it to others.
Samuel (Nigeria) MBBS

The course was more challenging then expected, however it was most enjoyable.
Angelina (UK) BSc Biological Sciences

A great experience, a very well organised course, which has a great amount of knowledge to offer. The lectures were very up to date.
Anonymous (Greece) BSc Biochemistry

A rare combination of weighty lab projects and excellent lectures. An unparallelleled choice of lab projects.
Ben (UK) BSc Biomedical Sciences

I really enjoyed the year, was very hard work but ultimately rewarding.
Helen (UK) BSc Experimental Psychology

I have got so much out of this course and am very glad that I did it.
Sarah (UK) BSc Human Sciences

Course Tutors

Dr Andrew Batchelor
Email address:
Anatomy Building room G22

Dr Daniel Bendor
Email address:
26 Bedford Way


Jenni Todd
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3108 4057 (int x54057)
Email address:
Medawar Building, Teaching Office G10

Lori Coletti-Campbell
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 3240 (int x33240)
Email address:
Medawar Building, Teaching Office G03

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