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Neuroscience MSci

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).

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
B141
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
26 January 2022
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAA
Subjects
Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Life and Health Sciences, Mathematics or Physics.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer

Grades
AAB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
AA must be in Chemistry and other science (Biology, Life and Health Sciences, Mathematics or Physics).
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

IB Diploma

Points
38
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

Points
36 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics (both at grade 6), with no score below 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Chemistry required at Advanced Higher plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA. Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree 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.

  • 97% of students were satisfied with the teaching on their course (Source: NSS 2020).

  • 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.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The first year consists of introductory compulsory modules including two deicated neuroscience modules exclusive for BSc an MSci neuroscience students. The combination of these modules will provide a secure foundation for future work and study. Taking modules alongside other students in the UCL Faculties of Life Sciences and Brain Sciences will give you insight into related disciplines. Further core and optional modules in your second year will prepare you for the third and fourth year, in which you will select specialised options to suit your interests. We provide 25 Neuroscience-specific advanced modules on offer for year 3 and 4 Neuroscience students, all taught by top Neuroscientists. They cover all areas, including computational, molecular/cellular, systems, behavioural/cognitive and clinical Neuroscience. Examples include Neural Basis of Motivation and Learning, Foundations of Neuroinformatics, Neurobiology of Brain Injury and Disease and Sensory Systems: Biology & Disease, but there are many more.

You will have the opportunity to transfer to the BSc programme at the end of year two, completing your degree in three years instead of four.

In the fourth year you will be able to join an existing research team in one of UCL departments or institutes to conduct an extended project of original research of your choice, guided by a supervisor.

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MSci (Hons) in Neuroscience.

Modules

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.

Compulsory module(s)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cells and Development
Chemistry for Biology Students
Foundations of Neurobiology
Introduction to Genetics
Introduction to Neuroscience
Mammalian Physiology

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

Cellular Neurophysiology
Essential Molecular Biology
Human Neuroanatomy
Molecular Biology for Neuroscientists

Optional modules

You will select 60 credits from a wide range of optional modules. Your selection must include:

One of the following:
Intermediate Pharmacology (30 credits)
Introductory Pharmacology (15 credits)

Plus at least one of the following:
Developmental Neurobiology (15 credits)
Linear Algebra for Data Science (15 credits)
Perception (15 credits)
The Principles of Cellular Control (15 credits)
Systems Neuroscience (15 credits)

You will also select a further free option (15 credits) that may lie outside Neuroscience.

Compulsory module(s)

Individually-supervised literature-based Project (30 credits)

Optional modules

You will select 90 credits from a wide range of advanced-level optional modules within Neuroscience and related disciplines. These include, for example, Cellular Basis of Brain Function, Neuropharmacology, Neurobiology of Brain Injury and Disease, Psychopharmacology, Neural Basis of Learning/Motivation, Visual Neuroscience, Metabolic Neuroscience, Integrative Systems Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neural Computation, Control of Movement, Pain, Molecular Basis of Neuropsychiatric Disorders, and many more.

Compulsory module(s)

Individually-supervised Master's-level Experimental Project (60 credits; 90 credits option available for selected students)

Optional modules

You will select 30-60 credits from a wide range of advanced-level optional modules within Neuroscience and related disciplines. These include, for example, Cellular Basis of Brain Function, Neuropharmacology, Neurobiology of Brain Injury and Disease, Neural Computation, Neural Basis of Learning/Motivation, Visual Neuroscience, Metabolic Neuroscience, Integrative Systems Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Control of Movement, Pain, Synaptic Pharmacology, and many more. Modules that are offered exclusively to year 4 MSci students include Foundations of Neuroinformatics, Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases and Sensory Systems: Biology & Disease.


Your learning

Your teaching and learning will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes. Most Neuroscience-specific modules throughout your degree are taught in relatively small groups, while some are shared with students on other programmes in larger groups. Practical classes play an important role throughout your studies and prepare you for your research project in the final year.

Assessment

You will normally take a written examination at the end of the academic year in each of your modules; coursework counts for up to 30% of your marks. Coursework prepares you for the final exam and trains you in a variety of writing tasks e.g. essays, lab reports and scientific publications. Some modules are examined by invigilated online tests throughout the year. Your final-year project will involve a written dissertation and an oral presentation.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Neuroscience MSci.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Careers

Around half of our graduates choose to pursue further studies in Neuroscience or a related Life Science. Some join one of the 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.

UCL Neuroscience alumni can be found working in science policy, public policy, publishing, law, journalism, the diplomatic services, the civil service and other high-profile careers outside the classroom or laboratory.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£28,500 (2021/22)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Students will need to purchase a lab coat.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

The entry requirements and selection process for the Neuroscience BSc and MSci are the same. In addition to meeting the listed entry requirements, you must demonstrate in your application an understanding of what studying Neuroscience entails and why you are motivated to pursue it, as well as scientific curiosity and independent reading in the field. Additional desirable skills include time-management abilities (perhaps shown by combining academic success with extracurricular activities), self-discipline (through involvement in sports or music, for instance) and experience of working in a team environment.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 26 January 2022



Selection

If you apply by the main UCAS deadline and meet or are predicted to meet all of our academic and individual requirements (including being able to demonstrate a good understanding of what this specialised subject entails) you will receive an offer of a place (either conditional or unconditional).

If we have made you an offer, you will be invited to attend an offer-holder event. This may include talks from staff about the programme and the department. It could also include a research presentation, tours of UCL and the department, and a visit to a laboratory facility.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


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