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.
- Course Outline
September 2019Location: London, Bloomsbury
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 compulsory modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (90 credits).
- Developmental Neuroscience
- Receptors and Synaptic Signalling
- Systems and Circuits Neuroscience
- Neuroscience Journal Club
Students choose one of the following:
- Neurobiology of Degeneration and Repair
- Cognitive Systems Neuroscience
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.Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Selection Module Title Credit Level Compulsory ANAT0023 Developmental Neuroscience 15 A7P* Compulsory ANAT0017 MSc Neuroscience: Journal Club 30 A7P
Compulsory ANAT0018 Receptors and Synaptic Signalling 15 A7P
Compulsory ANAT0020 Systems and Circuit Neuroscience 15 A7P
Compulsory ANAT0021 MSc Neuroscience: Research Project 90 A7P
Students will need to choose one module only
ANAT0016 Neurobiology of Degeneration and Repair 15 ANAT0019 Cognitive Systems Neuroscience 15
*A7P = Post Graduate Level
September 2019Location: London, Bloomsbury
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.
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.
Select your country:International equivalencies
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme aims to prepare graduate 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 datesAll applicantsOpen: 15 October 2018Close: 26 July 2019
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- 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
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.
- Fees and Scholarships
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.Location: London, Bloomsbury
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Some useful links:
Applications for funding from any of the links below need to be made independently of your application for the MSc.
- What are the Career Prospects?
September 2019Location: London, Bloomsbury
The majority (more than 80%) of our graduates take up PhD positions in neuroscience research, including some who stay on at UCL.
The MSc in Neuroscience provides an introduction to a career in neuroscience. Around 80% of our students progress to a PhD and then onto careers in academia, industry and other allied biomedical professions. The remainder go into careers in the fields of healthcare, education and commercial scientific research.
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
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