UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


MSc Brain and Mind Sciences - additional information

Programme Description

Depending on the choice of taught modules students can aim for:

A theoretical grounding in neurobiological and cognitive research including philosophy of science, methods (including imaging, psychophysics and neuropsychology), molecular, cellular, genetic and integrative neuroscience.

An appreciation of the way Brain & Mind questions can be approached theoretically and experimentally in humans and other model systems.

An appreciation of the interaction between theory, modelling and empiricism in tackling Brain & Mind problems

Practical experience of investigating Brain & Mind problems from two cultural perspectives (in the two cities). Students must be prepared to follow lectures in English and French. Examinations and dissertations may be written in English in both cities.

Module Selection

For year one (UCL year)

90 credits of optional modules*

Library Project CLNE0008 (30 Credits)

Research Project CLNE0035 (60 Credits)

NB: Choosing a module is always dependent on its availability in the current year; other UCL departments may decide to cap module numbers or make them available only to their own students, therefore it is not guaranteed you will be able to enter in courses outside the IoN offer. You are invited to make enquiries before the academic year begins with the relevant departments. Modules at IoN are not capped and are available to all but you should check for any timetable/assessment clashes with your core modules.

*Module will comprise 2x15 or 1x30 credit module from a relevant MSc/MA course, and your choices need to be approved by the Dual Masters programme directors and the local programme directors.

**The module PSYCGD05/15 Programming for psychologists & Human Learning and Memory is unavailable for selection


The current year timetable will be available from August although times might be subjech to change until the first day of classes: https://timetable.ucl.ac.uk/tt/homePage.do

Assessment and Examination

The programme is comprised of 180 MLevel credits: 60 credits research project, 30 credit Library Project and 90 credits of taught modules.
The taught modules have mixed modes of assessment.

Taught modules (90 credits): Assessment dependent on the module chosen
Library Project:     5000 word library project
Research Project: 10,000 word dissertation and oral examination
Students are required to obtain 180 MLevel credits to be awarded the degree.

For information regarding the curriculum and available courses during your year in Paris at Sorbonne UPMC/ENS (2nd year) please visit the ENS webpages

Please note: You must have successfully completed the UCL year (year 1) in order to progress to year 2 in Paris. You will be enrolled as a UCL student for Year 1 and at Paris - Sorbonne for Year 2.