Brain and Mind Sciences MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This international programme is offered by three of Europe's most prestigious centres of research and teaching in cognitive studies and neuroscience: UCL, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (part of Sorbonne University), and Ecole Normale Supérieure. Students design an individualised programme of study, exploring multidisciplinary perspectives.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£14,100
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£35,000
Duration
1 academic year
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in neuroscience or related biological science (e.g. physiology, psychology, biochemistry); or a medical degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. If you have not studied basic cellular neuroscience in your undergraduate degree, you will be required to do an introductory module during the first year of studies at UCL.

Applicants must be able to follow a postgraduate curriculum in both the French and English languages as the programme involves a year of study in London and a year of study in Paris.

Please note: You must have successfully completed the UCL year (year one) in order to progress to year two in Paris.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 1

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

You will develop an understanding of the cognitive sciences and neurosciences, and how mechanisms operating at the molecular, cell, network and system level affect normal brain function. They gain a working knowledge of modern methods for scientific and clinical investigation of the human nervous system, along with exposure to leading-edge research.

Who this course is for

The programme is suitable for students who will benefit from a personalised programme of study and research in the neurosciences and cognitive science disciplines relevant to a career in brain and mind sciences. All students will be rigorously selected on the basis of academic excellence and academic recommendation.

What this course will give you

You will benefit not only from the high-quality teaching and training available through the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (QSIoN), but also through our partners in Paris, at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (part of Sorbonne University), and Ecole Normale Supérieure.

You will undertake two distinct research projects at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (part of Sorbonne University), and Ecole Normale Supérieure.

The foundation of your career

You will design your own curriculum in both London and Paris, tailoring your studies to their own area of interest. The individualised nature of the programme attracts intellectually mature students who are confident enough to define their own research path. The opportunity to undertake original research in two centres of excellence makes the successful student more attractive to potential PhD supervisors, as evidenced by the fact that 90% of graduating students go on to full-time doctoral studies.

Employability

Students will graduate with a Master's from UCL (awarded at the end Year 1), and an international university diploma (Master's level) from Sorbonne/ENS (on completion of Year 2). Upon successful completion of the MSc programme, students will be able to embark upon a successful career in their chosen field of research.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered (depending on the taught modules selected) through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Lectures are supported by audio-visual aids and supplementary materials, including hand-outs, reading lists and references to original papers and/or reviews. Assessment is through coursework, examination, library project, research dissertation and oral examination.

For each 15 credit module students will typically have 20-30 contact hours, with approximately 120 self directed study hours.

Modules

The programme consists of up to six taught modules, a library project, and a research project. Learning outcomes are variable depending on which modules you choose to study, although any available module aligns to the overall programme learning outcomes.

Students choose up to six modules from the following degrees:

  • Clinical Neuroscience MSc
  • Neuroscience MSc
  • Philosophy MA
  • Clinical Neuroscience: Neuromuscular Disease MSc
  • Cognitive and Decision Sciences MSc
  • Cognitive Neuroscience MSc
  • Clinical Neuroscience: Stroke Medicine MSc
  • Advanced Neuroimaging MSc
  • Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Neuroscience) MSc
  • Translational Neuroscience MRes

Choosing a module is always dependent on its availability in the current year; other UCL departments may cap module numbers or make them available only to their own students, therefore it is not guaranteed you will be able to take modules outside QSIoN. You are invited to make enquiries with the relevant departments before the year begins. Most modules at the QSIoN are not capped and are available to all but you should check for timetable/assessment clashes and discuss with the programme team.

Students must have successfully completed the UCL year in order to progress to Paris. Students will be enrolled as a UCL student for Year 1 only. They will only be enrolled at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (part of Sorbonne University), and Ecole Normale Supérieure for Year 2.

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits in the first year of the programme at UCL and are registered UCL students only for the duration of Year 1. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Brain and Mind Sciences.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £14,100
Tuition fees (2023/24) £35,000

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

International students will bear any costs incurred in acquiring certification equivalent to DBS (Police check) in their home country. These checks are necessary for any student who undertakes a clinical project at UCLH. 

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

UUCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology International Excellence Scholarships - we are delighted to announce four fee reduction scholarships (worth £6,000 each) for overseas fee-paying students. These are offered in celebration of Queen Square’s rich history of welcoming students from across the world who have contributed much to our community and wider society. These scholarships are offered based on academic merit and are available for all our eligible postgraduate programmes (except for the MSc/Dip/Cert in Clinical Neurology).

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding should take note of the funding application deadlines.

There is no application fee for this programme.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study a two-year, two-centre Master's programme
  • what you think the strengths of a "pick and mix" curriculum are
  • how you think your previous academic and/or research experience might help you meet the demands of the programme
  • what languages you speak, and to what level
  • whether or not you want to do a PhD, or other professional scientific or clinical training when you complete the programme.

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.

Please ensure you mention your plans for both the London and Paris years in your personal statement. Please note you will be enrolled at UCL only during Year 1 of the Programme.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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