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The programme provides multidisciplinary training in a range of neuroscience topics, especially those that are relevant to psychiatry and neurology, through taught compulsory modules and a choice of optional, specialised modules, both taught and research. Students may graduate with an MSc Neuroscience in a speciality.
The programme seeks to equip graduates from a wide range of backgrounds for the next stage of their career, which may be either further full-time study in a neuroscience-related academic research environment, or employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation.
Appeals to students from a variety of backgrounds.
Offers specialised graduate training in several neuroscience subject areas, both clinical and non-clinical.
Aims to equip all graduates for the next stage of their career, usually further full-time study in basic neuroscience in an academic research environment or in a taught clinical programme, employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation. Some students have entered scientific publishing.
Full details are available on the programme's website.
Please note that the two year part-time programme runs on alternate years; the next intake will be in September 2016.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, September to September. Two years PT. Please note that the part-time programme runs on alternate years, the next intake will be in September 2016.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake Approximately 80-90 FT, 30 PT
Course leaders John Stephenson
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact email Enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
Department Department of Neuroscience
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
The normal minimum entry requirements are an undergraduate degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent) in a biological discipline; or a a medical degree (MBBS or international equivalent).
Applicants with a non-biological degree or with a lower class may be considered.
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £40 applies. Applications are normally processed within two weeks of receiving references. All applicants are welcome to visit the department by arrangement, and students from unusual, i.e. non-biological, backgrounds are normally interviewed.
Please note that the two year part-time programme only runs on alternate years, the next intake is September 2016.
It is preferable that all students complete this section but essential if they have an unusual, i.e. non-biological background or if they want to draw attention to any special circumstances that should be taken into account when their application is considered.
The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
The programme provides multidisciplinary training in a range of neuroscience topics, especially those that are relevant to psychiatry and neurology, through three taught compulsory fundamental modules, one taught specialised module (from a choice of seven) and an approximately 20 week research project. Students choosing a research project in the same subject area as their specialised module may graduate with an MSc Neuroscience in that speciality.
Neuroscience as a degree subject is still under-represented in the undergraduate sector and, consequently, most students coming onto the programme have degrees in subjects other than neuroscience. The aim of the programme is to extend the students' theoretical knowledge of the neurosciences and to develop, through their chosen research project, the practical skills that they may wish to practise in their future careers. This may be in further full-time study in an academic research environment or employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation.
Each of the Fundamental modules (A1-A3) is assessed with a written examination and a coursework essay. The Specialised modules are assessed with a written examination and the writing of an abstract to an unseen published paper (presented without the abstract). The research project is assessed by a research report, a laboratory notebook and a poster presentation.
Students select from one of the following specialised optional modules:
Neuroscience research (part-time only)
Past students have obtained PhD positions both in the UK and overseas, entered medical school, the pharmaceutical industry, or trained as clinical psychologists; clinicians have obtained clinical research positions.
"It‘s a very modular course and you have a choice about everything – from optional modules to supervising a project to the field of work you might want to go into."
"We cover a broad range of topics from minute molecular pathways to gross anatomical anomalies, and apply them to clinical problems. The highlight of the MSc for me would have to be the extensive research project."
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£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*
£24,750 p.a. (2016/17)*
£5,250 p.a. (2016/17)*
£12,375 p.a. (2016/17)*
*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)
If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.
If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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