UCL Division of Biosciences


Neuroscience MSci

This Neuroscience MSci degree offers you the opportunity to study the structure and function of the brain in one of the world’s greatest centres for neuroscience.

Neuroscience MSci Degree Overview

The Neuroscience MSci is a four-year programme that extends the specialised knowledge provided by the Neuroscience BSc. It allows you to conduct a literature-based research project in year 3 and an extended lab-based research project in year 4. The MSci is designed to prepare you for a career in Neuroscience research. Students can decide in year 2 whether they would like to follow the three-year BSc or the four-year MSci (conditional to marks).

Course benefits

  • Our multidisciplinary programme draws on expertise across all Life Sciences in addition to the vast Neuroscience community at UCL. All lectures are given by experts in the field and, as you progress, lectures will increasingly include current research, and you will use scientific publications, original papers and reviews for your studies.

  • As world-leading practitioners of research-based teaching, with over 1500 Neuroscientists, we bring the best research minds from UCL, the Crick, the Sainsbury’s Wellcome Centre and the Gatsby to teach our BSc and MSci students.

  • Co-operation with UCL Institutes of Neurology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Child Health, Gatsby and Sainsbury Wellcome Centre offers unrivalled choice for research topics and supervisors. The rich environment and our focus on research-led teaching creates outstanding and highly employable graduates.

  • National Student Survey results:
    - 100% of students agree that the course is intellectually stimulating. (NSS 2022)
    - 92% of students were satisfied with the learning resources provided on their course. (NSS 2022)


Modules - Year 1
CompulsoryNEUR0004Introduction to Neuroscience15
CompulsoryNEUR0005Foundations of Neurobiology30
CompulsoryBIOC0001Biochemistry and Molecular Biology15
CompulsoryPHOL0002Introductory Mammalian Physiology15
CompulsoryCELL0007Cells and Development15
CompulsoryBIOL0003Introduction to Genetics15
CompulsoryCHEM0010Chemistry for Biology Students15
Modules - Year 2
CompulsoryANAT0003Human Neuroanatomy15  
CompulsoryNEUR0007Essential Molecular Biology15  
CompulsoryBIOC0007Cellular Neurophysiology15  
CompulsoryNEUR0006Molecular Biology for Neuroscientists15  
Students will need to choose minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 credits
ANAT0002Developmental Neurobiology15  
 PHOL0004Systems Neuroscience15  
 CELL0010Integrative Cell Biology (Cell Signalling and Regulation)15  
 MATH0040Mathematics for Science 115  
 MATH0039Differential and Integral Calculus15  
Students will need to choose minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 credits
PHAR0009Intermediate Pharmacology30  
 PHAR0007Introductory Pharmacology15  
ElectiveALLUGAll UG Modules 015


Modules - Year 3
CompulsoryNEUR0002Advanced Investigative Project in Neuroscience30
Students will need to choose minimum of 45 credits
NEUR0009Metabolic Neuroscience15
 NEUR0014Neural Basis of Motivation and Learning15
 NEUR0020Integrative Systems Neuroscience15
 NEUR0015The Control of Movement15
 NEUR0016Neural Computation: Models of Brain Function15
 NEUR0017Visual Neuroscience15
 PHOL0009The Cellular Basis of Brain Function30
 NEUR0010Neurobiology of Brain Injury and Disease Extended30
 NEUR0011Neurobiology of Brain Injury and Disease I15
 NEUR0012Neurobiology of Brain Injury and Disease II15
 NEUR0013Topics in Neurobiology of Brain Disease and Injury15
Students will need to choose minimum of 15 credits
ANAT0008The Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease15
 ANAT0009Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Diseases (Extended)30
 ANAT0012Molecular Basis of Neuropsychiatric Disorders15
 BIOL0020Sex, Genes and Evolution15
 BIOL0022Biology of Ageing15
 BIOS0001Genes and Neurodegenerative Disease15
 CELL0012Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine15
 CELL0013Functional Genetics of Model Systems15
 CELL0002Mechanisms of Development (Extended)30
 CELL0014Dynamic Biological Systems15
 CELL0003Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology15
 CELL0004Clocks, Sleep and Biological Time15
 PHAR0011Molecular Pharmacology15
 PHAR0012Receptor Mechanisms15
 PHAR0018Synaptic Pharmacology15
 PHOL0008Cell Signalling in Health and Disease30
 PHOL0011Autonomic and Central Control of Cardiorespiratory Function15
 PSYC0031Cognitive Neuroscience15
ElectiveALLUGAll UG Modules 


Modules - Year 4
Students will need to choose minimum of 60 and maximum of 90 credits
NEUR0003MSci Research Project in Neuroscience60  
 NEUR0021MSci Extended Research Project in Neuroscience90  
Elective All Biosciences Modules 3060


Career Opportunities

This programme will develop your literacy, data literacy and analysis, and critical thinking skills, as well as the opportunity to hone your skills in written and verbal communication. These transferable skills allow you to pursue any career of your choice. Our students have successfully secured positions in a variety of highly sought-after fields and professions.

Around half of our graduates choose to pursue further studies in Neuroscience or a related Life Science. Some graduates join one of UCL MSc or PhD programmes, while others obtain PhD scholarships at major research centres worldwide. Among other advantages, the MSci programme is intended to make it easier for graduates to enter PhD programmes at European centres of research excellence.

Whilst we have many students who pursue a career in neuroscience research, many choose to use the skills that they have learnt at UCL in other sectors. Our alumni can be found in journalism, the diplomatic services, the civil service, pharmaceutical companies, start ups, finance and more.