Brain and Mind Sciences MSc
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, and Ecole Normale Supérieure, now part of Sorbonne University (Paris). Students design an individualised programme of study, exploring multidisciplinary perspectives.
Modes and duration
Students must have successfully completed the UCL year (Year 1) in order to progress to Year 2 in Paris. Students will be enrolled as a UCL student for Year 1 and at Paris - Sorbonne for Year 2.
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £13,630 (FT)
- £26,250 (FT)
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 Current Students website.
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.
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: Standard
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.
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About this degree
Students 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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits in the first year of the programme at UCL.
The programme consists of up to six taught modules (at 15- or 30-credit weighting to a total value of 90 credits) a library project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
- Library Project (30 credits)
- Research Project (60 credits)
Students choose up to six modules from the following degrees:
- Clinical Neuroscience MSc
- Neuroscience MSc
- Language Sciences (with specialisation in Neuroscience and Communication) MSc
- Language Sciences (with specialisation in Linguistics with Neuroscience) MSc
- Philosophy MA
- Neuromuscular Diseases MSc
- Cognitive and Decision Sciences MSc
- Cognitive Neuroscience MSc
- Stroke Medicine MSc
- Advanced Neuroimaging MSc
- Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Neuroscience) MSc
- Translational Neurology 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 the IoN. You are invited to make enquiries with the relevant departments before the year begins. Modules at the IoN are not capped and are available to all but you should check for timetable/assessment clashes with your core modules.
All students undertake a library project which is assessed by a 5,000-word essay, and a laboratory research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation and oral examination.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered 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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £9,290 or £4,645 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Students will graduate with a Master's from UCL (awarded at the end Year 1), and an international university diploma (Master's level) from UPMC/ENS (on completion of Year 2). Upon successful completion of the two-year joint MSc programme, students will be able to embark upon a successful career in their chosen field of research into the expression of human behaviour and its biological substrate.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Research Assistant, UCL
Students will design their own curriculum in both London and Paris, tailoring their 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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Students on this programme benefit not only from the high-quality teaching and training available through the UCL Institute of Neurology, but also through our partners in Paris.
The programme is two years in length, with the first year spent in London and the second in Paris. Students will undertake two distinct research projects.
Department: Institute of Neurology
Student / staff numbers
› 185 staff
including 35 postdocs
› 230 taught students
› 310 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Neurology
83% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"In London, and at UCL in particular, I am surrounded by excellent colleagues who have helped me to shape my research in numerous ways. At least half of the techniques we use today in the laboratory were unknown to me until I joined UCL and started collaborating with colleagues."
Professor Matteo CarandiniI contribute to programmes such as Neuroscience MSc, Biology of Vision MSc and Brain and Mind Sciences MSc. I also contribute to PhD programmes such as the one offered by CoMPLEX, and in Neuroscience.
Professor of Visual Neuroscience
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.
Who can apply?
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.
- All applicants
- 22 June 2018
Please ensure you mention your plans for both the London and Paris years in your personal statement.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
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.