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Applied Neuroscience MSc PG Dip

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Neuroscience is a modern, multidisciplinary subject. As such, it draws together knowledge and expertise from many areas of science, from molecular biology to the psychological study of the mind. This innovative qualification from King’s College London is 100% online, so students can balance study alongside work and life commitments. This postgraduate course will allow you to apply your neuroscience knowledge to real world settings. From the research lab to marketing, the application of neuroscience has the potential to deepen your understanding of how the nervous system serves to drive our every thought, sensation and emotion. The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) is one of the leading providers of neuroscience education in the UK, and Europe’s largest centre for research and postgraduate education in psychiatry, psychology and basic and clinical neuroscience. Our research centres are at the international forefront of this field and we are world renowned for the high quality of our research. This 100% online Applied Neuroscience Postgraduate Diploma and MSc course allows you to benefit from an innovative and contemporary curriculum, whist learning from our world leading scientists.

Key benefits

  • The IoPPN at King’s is Europe’s largest centre for research and postgraduate education in psychiatry, psychology and basic and clinical neuroscience. The Faculty is based on the same site as the world-famous Maudsley Hospital, which ensures that we remain at the forefront of research and healthcare delivery . Where 100% of our research impact and research environment has been rated world-leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
  • Learn from high profile academics who are leaders in their field.
  • Six entry points throughout the year, 100% online and taught part-time so you can balance study alongside work and life commitments
  • All you need is a computer and an internet connection.
  • Achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in 16 months, and an MSc in two years.
  • You benefit from close instructor interaction and collaboration with other students from everywhere in the world

The Applied Neuroscience course provides a comprehensive and integrated exploration of our current understanding of the neuroscientific field and will provide opportunities for students to develop specific interests in the applied neuroscience areas of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental diseases, neuroimaging and how neuroscience can impact society. This 100% online neuroscience course draws upon the wealth of research, education and clinical expertise and experience across the world-renowned IoPPN.

Course Aims

  • Gain a solid foundation of concepts and theories underpinning our current understanding of the neuroscientific and psychological foundations of mental health.
  • Explore basic neuroscience techniques, and how they are used to study disease mechanisms and help improve treatments.
  • Gain an understanding of how the brain develops, how it works and how this can relate to mental health problems, by studying anatomy, wiring and the cellular makeup of the brain.
  • Learn about the latest, cutting edge neuroscience research being carried out at the IoPPN.
  • Explore the psychological and neuroscientific basis of key mental health diagnoses.
  • Develop an understanding of how studies on genes and proteins through to cells and neural networks can be used to understand the mechanisms underpinning neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric diseases.
  • Understand how technological advances and cross-disciplinary expertise can enhance our understanding of brain function and aid treatment development.
  • Get an insight into the way neuroscience impacts social problems and behaviours.
  • Acquire an advanced understanding of the scientific method in designing, developing and conducting academic research enabling the development of specialised research knowledge.
  • Select two 15-credit optional modules depending on your area of interest.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

The programme is delivered entirely online. There are video lectures, coursework including critical appraisal of published work, essays and abstracts and self-directed learning activities. Assessment will include discussion board participation, multiple choice question and short answer questions examinations.

Module

Lectures (hours)

Seminars/ tutorials / supervised learning (hours)

Self-study time (hours)**

Total (hours)

Biological Foundations of Mental Health

10-15

15

115-120

150

Techniques in Neuroscience

10-15

15

115-120

150

Psychological Foundations of Mental Health

10-15

15

115-120

150

Mental Health in the Community

10-15

15

115-120

150

Contemporary Advances in Neuroscience

10-15

15

115-120

150

Neurodevelopmental Disorders: From Bench to Bedside

10-15

15

115-120

150

Research Skills: from Research Ethics to Reviewing and Critical Analysis 

10-15

20

105-120

150

Research Skills: from Methods and Procedures to Analysis and Reporting

10-15

 

20

105-120

150

Research Skills: Synoptic Project I

0

20

130

150

Research Skills: Synoptic Project II

0

20

130

150

Social, Genetic & Environmental Basis of Mental Health

10-15

15

115-120

150

Psychology & Neuroscience of Affective Disorders

10-15

15

115-120

150

Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis

10-15

15

115-120

150

Pharmacotherapy in Mental Health

10-15

15

115-120

150

Neuroimaging in Mental Health

10-15

15

115-120

150

Neuroscience in Society

10-15

15

115-120

150

Psychology & Neuroscience of Addiction*

10-15

15

115-120

150

Child & Adolescent Mental Health: Child development*

10-15

15

115-120

150

Global Mental Health*

10-15

15

115-120

150

Mindfulness: Neuroscience & Application*

10-15

15

115-120

150

 

*Due to course structure, selecting these modules will prolong your study period. Please contact the enrolment team on +44 (0)20 7848 7860 if you would like to explore these options further

** The amount of private study required will vary according to the individual student

Assessment

    The primary methods of assessment for this course are online examinations and coursework.  The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

    Structure

    Required modules

    PG Dip Students on this course are required to take Foundation modules:

    Biological Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)
    Techniques in Neuroscience (15 credits)
    Psychological Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)
    Mental Health in the Community (15 credits)
    Contemporary Advances in Neuroscience (15 credits)
    Neurodevelopmental Disorders: From Bench to Bedside (15 credits)

    MSc You are required to take:

    Biological Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)
    Techniques in Neuroscience (15 credits)
    Psychological Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)
    Mental Health in the Community (15 credits)
    Contemporary Advances in Neuroscience (15 credits)
    Neurodevelopmental Disorders: From Bench to Bedside (15 credits)
    Research Skills: From Reviewing & Critical Analysis to Research Ethics (15 credits)
    Research Skills: From Methods & Procedures to Analysis & Reporting (15 credits)
    Research Skills: Synoptic Project I (15 credits)
    Research Skills: Synoptic Project II (15 credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

    PGDip

    Social, Genetic & Environmental Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)
    Psychology & Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (15 credits)
    Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis (15 credits)
    Pharmacotherapies in Mental Health (15 credits)
    Neuroimaging in Mental Health (15 credits)
    Neuroscience in Society (15 credits)
    Psychology & Neuroscience of Addiction* (15 credits)
    Child & Adolescent Mental Health: child development* (15 credits)
    Global Mental Health* (15 credits)
    Mindfulness: Neuroscience & Application* (15 credits)

    *Due to course structure, selecting these modules will prolong your study period. Please contact the enrolment team on +44 (0)20 7848 7860 if you would like to explore these options further.

    MSc

    Social, Genetic & Environmental Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)
    Psychology & Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (15 credits)
    Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis (15 credits)
    Pharmacotherapies in Mental Health (15 credits)
    Neuroimaging in Mental Health (15 credits)
    Neuroscience in Society (15 credits)
    Psychology and Neuroscience of Addictions* (15 credits)
    Child and Adolescent Mental Health* (15 credits)
    Global Mental Health* (15 credits)
    Mindfulness: Neuroscience & Application* (15 credits)

    *Due to limited availability, selecting these modules will prolong your study period. Please contact the enrolment team on +44 (0)20 7848 7860 if you would like to explore these options further.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    King’s is ranked fourth in the UK and 21st in the world for graduate employability (Times Higher Education's Global Employability University Ranking 2020).

    At King’s, you’ll enter into one of the world’s most competitive student bodies and join a legacy of graduates that are sought out by some of the leading employers in the field.

    The Applied Neuroscience will:

    • open up opportunities within research, or progression to PhD
    • provide knowledge that can benefit a number of career paths
    • provide a solid set of transferable research skills such as analysis, report writing, reviewing and critical appraisal

     

    Tuition Fees

    Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course. From now until September 2022, you will be charged £1538 per module. 

    The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:

    PG Dip: 8 modules (£12,304)

    MSc: 12 modules (£18,456)

    Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year. From September 2022 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,575 per module. 

    Additional Fees Information

    When you receive an offer for this course, you will be required to pay for your first module upfront, as a non-refundable deposit, to secure your place. This payment will be credited towards your total fee payment. Please note that a standard 14 day cooling off period will apply from the point of initial payment for your first module. Any subsequent payments are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

    The deposit cost for this course is the cost of one module (£1,538) plus a non-refundable application fee of £70. From September 2022, the deposit cost will be £1,575 plus a non-refundable application fee of £75. 

    Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed three weeks prior to the first day of teaching, with the due date being two weeks later (one week before teaching). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies up until one week prior to the module starting. If payment has been made, the money will remain on your account as credit until you return.

    If you have registered for the PG Dip qualification but decide you wish to upgrade to a higher award, you will need to speak to your enrolment advisor. If you choose to upgrade your programme, you will enter a new cooling off period from the date of payment for your next module on the upgraded award. Any subsequent payments following this next module payment are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

    Additional Requirements & Costs

    Students will need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the programme. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, a desktop computer may be necessary for some parts of the course.

    We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge; full functionality cannot be guaranteed in older or less commonly used browsers.

    Students will require access to a high-speed internet connection (4Mbps minimum).

    We will endeavour to make as much study material as possible available online, but you may also need to purchase some books during your studies.

    This is an online course and you are not expected to go to campus, should you wish to do so, there are some additional fees to pay for:

    • Books, ebooks or articles (if you choose to buy your own copies)
    • King’s campus Library fees and fines

    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    The Applied Neuroscience course provides a comprehensive and integrated exploration of our current understanding of the neuroscientific field and will provide opportunities for students to develop specific interests in the applied neuroscience areas of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental diseases, neuroimaging and how neuroscience can impact society. This 100% online neuroscience course draws upon the wealth of research, education and clinical expertise and experience across the world-renowned IoPPN.

    Course Aims

    • Gain a solid foundation of concepts and theories underpinning our current understanding of the neuroscientific and psychological foundations of mental health.
    • Explore basic neuroscience techniques, and how they are used to study disease mechanisms and help improve treatments.
    • Gain an understanding of how the brain develops, how it works and how this can relate to mental health problems, by studying anatomy, wiring and the cellular makeup of the brain.
    • Learn about the latest, cutting edge neuroscience research being carried out at the IoPPN.
    • Explore the psychological and neuroscientific basis of key mental health diagnoses.
    • Develop an understanding of how studies on genes and proteins through to cells and neural networks can be used to understand the mechanisms underpinning neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric diseases.
    • Understand how technological advances and cross-disciplinary expertise can enhance our understanding of brain function and aid treatment development.
    • Get an insight into the way neuroscience impacts social problems and behaviours.
    • Acquire an advanced understanding of the scientific method in designing, developing and conducting academic research enabling the development of specialised research knowledge.
    • Select two 15-credit optional modules depending on your area of interest.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    The programme is delivered entirely online. There are video lectures, coursework including critical appraisal of published work, essays and abstracts and self-directed learning activities. Assessment will include discussion board participation, multiple choice question and short answer questions examinations.

    Module

    Lectures (hours)

    Seminars/ tutorials / supervised learning (hours)

    Self-study time (hours)**

    Total (hours)

    Biological Foundations of Mental Health

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Techniques in Neuroscience

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Psychological Foundations of Mental Health

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Mental Health in the Community

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Contemporary Advances in Neuroscience

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Neurodevelopmental Disorders: From Bench to Bedside

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Research Skills: from Research Ethics to Reviewing and Critical Analysis 

    10-15

    20

    105-120

    150

    Research Skills: from Methods and Procedures to Analysis and Reporting

    10-15

     

    20

    105-120

    150

    Research Skills: Synoptic Project I

    0

    20

    130

    150

    Research Skills: Synoptic Project II

    0

    20

    130

    150

    Social, Genetic & Environmental Basis of Mental Health

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Psychology & Neuroscience of Affective Disorders

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Pharmacotherapy in Mental Health

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Neuroimaging in Mental Health

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Neuroscience in Society

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Psychology & Neuroscience of Addiction*

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Child & Adolescent Mental Health: Child development*

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Global Mental Health*

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

    Mindfulness: Neuroscience & Application*

    10-15

    15

    115-120

    150

     

    *Due to course structure, selecting these modules will prolong your study period. Please contact the enrolment team on +44 (0)20 7848 7860 if you would like to explore these options further

    ** The amount of private study required will vary according to the individual student

    Assessment

      The primary methods of assessment for this course are online examinations and coursework.  The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

      Structure

      Required modules

      PG Dip Students on this course are required to take Foundation modules:

      Biological Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)
      Techniques in Neuroscience (15 credits)
      Psychological Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)
      Mental Health in the Community (15 credits)
      Contemporary Advances in Neuroscience (15 credits)
      Neurodevelopmental Disorders: From Bench to Bedside (15 credits)

      MSc You are required to take:

      Biological Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)
      Techniques in Neuroscience (15 credits)
      Psychological Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)
      Mental Health in the Community (15 credits)
      Contemporary Advances in Neuroscience (15 credits)
      Neurodevelopmental Disorders: From Bench to Bedside (15 credits)
      Research Skills: From Reviewing & Critical Analysis to Research Ethics (15 credits)
      Research Skills: From Methods & Procedures to Analysis & Reporting (15 credits)
      Research Skills: Synoptic Project I (15 credits)
      Research Skills: Synoptic Project II (15 credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

      PGDip

      Social, Genetic & Environmental Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)
      Psychology & Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (15 credits)
      Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis (15 credits)
      Pharmacotherapies in Mental Health (15 credits)
      Neuroimaging in Mental Health (15 credits)
      Neuroscience in Society (15 credits)
      Psychology & Neuroscience of Addiction* (15 credits)
      Child & Adolescent Mental Health: child development* (15 credits)
      Global Mental Health* (15 credits)
      Mindfulness: Neuroscience & Application* (15 credits)

      *Due to course structure, selecting these modules will prolong your study period. Please contact the enrolment team on +44 (0)20 7848 7860 if you would like to explore these options further.

      MSc

      Social, Genetic & Environmental Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)
      Psychology & Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (15 credits)
      Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis (15 credits)
      Pharmacotherapies in Mental Health (15 credits)
      Neuroimaging in Mental Health (15 credits)
      Neuroscience in Society (15 credits)
      Psychology and Neuroscience of Addictions* (15 credits)
      Child and Adolescent Mental Health* (15 credits)
      Global Mental Health* (15 credits)
      Mindfulness: Neuroscience & Application* (15 credits)

      *Due to limited availability, selecting these modules will prolong your study period. Please contact the enrolment team on +44 (0)20 7848 7860 if you would like to explore these options further.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      King’s is ranked fourth in the UK and 21st in the world for graduate employability (Times Higher Education's Global Employability University Ranking 2020).

      At King’s, you’ll enter into one of the world’s most competitive student bodies and join a legacy of graduates that are sought out by some of the leading employers in the field.

      The Applied Neuroscience will:

      • open up opportunities within research, or progression to PhD
      • provide knowledge that can benefit a number of career paths
      • provide a solid set of transferable research skills such as analysis, report writing, reviewing and critical appraisal

       

      Tuition Fees

      Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course. From now until September 2022, you will be charged £1538 per module. 

      The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:

      PG Dip: 8 modules (£12,304)

      MSc: 12 modules (£18,456)

      Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year. From September 2022 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,575 per module. 

      Additional Fees Information

      When you receive an offer for this course, you will be required to pay for your first module upfront, as a non-refundable deposit, to secure your place. This payment will be credited towards your total fee payment. Please note that a standard 14 day cooling off period will apply from the point of initial payment for your first module. Any subsequent payments are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

      The deposit cost for this course is the cost of one module (£1,538) plus a non-refundable application fee of £70. From September 2022, the deposit cost will be £1,575 plus a non-refundable application fee of £75. 

      Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed three weeks prior to the first day of teaching, with the due date being two weeks later (one week before teaching). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies up until one week prior to the module starting. If payment has been made, the money will remain on your account as credit until you return.

      If you have registered for the PG Dip qualification but decide you wish to upgrade to a higher award, you will need to speak to your enrolment advisor. If you choose to upgrade your programme, you will enter a new cooling off period from the date of payment for your next module on the upgraded award. Any subsequent payments following this next module payment are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

      Additional Requirements & Costs

      Students will need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the programme. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, a desktop computer may be necessary for some parts of the course.

      We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge; full functionality cannot be guaranteed in older or less commonly used browsers.

      Students will require access to a high-speed internet connection (4Mbps minimum).

      We will endeavour to make as much study material as possible available online, but you may also need to purchase some books during your studies.

      This is an online course and you are not expected to go to campus, should you wish to do so, there are some additional fees to pay for:

      • Books, ebooks or articles (if you choose to buy your own copies)
      • King’s campus Library fees and fines

      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

      • Graduation costs

      Funding

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