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Applied Neuroscience MSc / PG Dip

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Overview

Neuroscience is an exciting and emerging discipline, which seeks to understand the most complex organ in the body – the brain. 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 per cent online and taught part time over two years, 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. The 100 per cent 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.

  • 100 per cent of our research impact and research environment has been rated worldleading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

  • Learn from high profile academics who are leaders in their field.

  • Six entry points throughout the year, 100 per cent online and taught part-time over two years, 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. 

Studying Applied Neuroscience MSc at King’s is ideal for people who either:

  • Already come from a neuroscience or psychology background and wish to extend their knowledge and skills, and progress their career within this field.

  • Do not necessarily have a science background, but wish to apply neuroscience knowledge to their field of work.

  • Are looking to progress into research.

  • Want to progress to a PhD or DClinPsy.

  • Appreciate the flexibility of having six entry points throughout the year. 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key information

Duration MSc: Minimum 2 years, maximum 6 years. PG Dip: Minimum 16 months, maximum 4 years.

Study mode Distance Learning,Part-time

Course code TMSC2PTAPN

Awarding institution King's College London

Key dates

There are six points of entry each year for this course. The dates for 2018 and 2019 are listed below

 
 Start date  Application deadline
3 Sep 2019 19 Aug 2019
29 Oct 2019 15 Oct 2019
6 Jan 2020  16 Dec 2019
5 Mar 2020 20 Feb 2020
30 Apr 2020  16 Apr 2020
    

 

Contacts

Programme Director: Dr Kyle Dyer

Programme Leader: Dr Brenda Williams 

Course contact for further information: +44 (0)20 7848 7860


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Course detail

Description

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 neurodegenerative diseases, neuroimaging and how neuroscience can impact society.

This 100 per cent online neuroscience course draws upon the wealth of research, education and clinical expertise and experience across the world-renowned IoPPN.

From this course you will: 

  • 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 neuroscientific 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 gene 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 ways 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.

Teaching 

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.

 

Format

Biological Foundations of Mental Health
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Techniques in Neuroscience
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Psychological Foundations of Mental Health
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Mental Health in the Community
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Contemporary Advances in Neuroscience
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Neurodevelopmental Disorders: From Bench to Bedside
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

MSc only:

Research Skills: Research Integrity & Ethics
Lectures (6 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (20 hours)

Research Skills: Reviewing & Critical Analysis
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (20 hours)

Research Skills: Methods & Procedures
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (20 hours)

Research Skills: Analysis & Reporting
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (20  hours)

 

Optional modules


Social, Genetic & Environmental Foundations of Mental Health
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Psychology & Neuroscience of Affective Disorders
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Pharmacotherapy in Mental Health
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Neuroimaging in Mental Health
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Neuroscience in Society
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Psychology & Neuroscience of Addiction*
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Child & Adolescent Mental Health*
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Global Mental Health*
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Mindfulness: Neuroscience & Application*
Lectures (10-15 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

* 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.

Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by:

MSC

Exam 70% | Coursework 30%

PG Dip

Exam 100%

Structure

About

This programme is flexible, and three levels of postgraduate qualifications are offered:

  • Achieve a postgraduate diploma after 120 credits and a master’s degree after completing all 180 credits. Students who wish to exit after the four introductory foundation modules will get the exit award Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health, rather than an award in Applied Neuroscience.

  • Complete four introductory foundation modules, two compulsory advanced modules and two optional modules to earn your postgraduate diploma. 

  • Complete all twelve introductory, advanced, optional and research skills modules to earn your MSc. 

PGDip

Required Foundation Modules

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)

 

Optional Modules

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

  • Psychology and Neuroscience of Addictions (15 credits)

  • Psychology and Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (15 credits)

  • Psychology and Neuroscience of Psychosis (15 credits)

  • Pharmacotherapy of Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Neuroscience in Society (15 credits)

  • Social, Genetic & Environmental Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Neuroimaging & Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Child & 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.

MSc

Required Modules

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: Research Integrity & Ethics  (15 credits)

  • Research Skills: Reviewing & Critical Analysis  (15 credits)

  • Research Skills: Methods & Procedures (15 credits)

  • Research Skills: Analysis & Reporting  (15 credits)

 

Optional Advanced Modules

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

  • Social, Genetic and Environmental Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Psychology and Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (15 credits)

  • Psychology and Neuroscience of Psychosis (15 credits)

  • Pharmacotherapy of 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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements  

Standard

Academic/professional requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours in any subject. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

  • Candidates who achieved a 2:2 in their undergraduate degree will need to support their application with a one page personal statement and an academic reference.

Non-standard

Professional qualifications in an applied area including nursing or other non-medical health profession, counselling, psychotherapy or education may be considered.

Applicants must have a pass (grades A* - C) in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent. Applicants presenting with demonstrable significant work experience in a related area may be considered. Such applicants must demonstrate competency by passing the Biological Foundations module in order to progress onto the postgraduate diploma or full MSc qualification.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

If you're interested in studying with us here in London on courses like our Neuroscience MSc, the IoPPN also offers a number of quality on-campus programmes.

 

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References No References are not required as part of an application
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Fees and funding

The current fee for the programme, according to the award chosen is:

Beginning September 2019, modules will be charged at £1,475 per module. Module fees will rise on an annual basis each September* in line with King’s College London’s terms and conditions.  

Postgraduate Diploma - £11,800

MSc - £17,700

Fees will be charged on a modular basis. The fee for each module is £1,500.

Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. 

Deposit

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 cost for this course is the charge of one module (£1,500)

*From September 2020, modules will be charged at £1,500 per module.

Additional costs

Students will need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the programme. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, we do not recommend completing the programme using only a mobile device. Minimum and recommended browser versions are as follows: 

  • Google Chrome: minimum - version 30.0; recommended - latest
  • Mozilla Firefox: minimum - version 25.0; recommended - latest
  • Apple Safari: minimum - version 6; recommended - latest
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer: minimum - version 9; recommended - latest 

You may need to upgrade your browser in the future. Access to a high-speed network connection is also recommended (2.5Mbps minimum). Dial-up, cable and DSL are not recommended.

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.

Additional fees information

Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed on the orientation day (the first day of the module) with the due date being 5 days later (inclusive of the orientation day). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies and claim a refund up until the 8th day of teaching on the module.

Students will be billed for a deposit equivalent to the fee for one module. A standard 14 day cooling off period will apply at the start of the programme. A student who registers on a PG Dip or PG Cert qualification and then upgrades to a higher award will enter a new cooling-off period at the point of upgrade.

Students will enter a conversation with their enrolment advisor to determine if they wish to upgrade. Students will then be billed for the next module 14 days before the orientation date and will enter into a cooling off period from the date of payment. 

Career prospects

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 MSc will:

  • open up opportunities within research, or progress to PhD

  • provide transferable skills and 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

  • expand career opportunities within clinical psychology.

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