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 2015-16 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 2016-17 Academic Year:

£13,370 for full time UK/EU students

£25,140 for full time overseas students

£6,845 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

The MSc Neuroscience has been running for over 15 years. Here are some comments from some of our former students (including, where available, the degree held when joining the programme)

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 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 G05

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