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Clinical Neuroscience MSc

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The aim of our Clinical Neuroscience MSc course is to give you a unique understanding of the principles underlying the clinical presentation and investigation of diseases affecting the brain. We place particular emphasis on the translation from basic science to clinical practice. Our course is suitable for students interested in neuroscience and its applications to neurological or psychiatric diseases.



Key benefits

  • Provides a deep and detailed understanding of brain diseases.

  • Emphasis on the translation from basic science to clinical practice.

  • Designed to introduce the basic scientific concepts which underlie clinical symptoms, signs and practice.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year FT, September to August.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 30 FT expected.

Course leaders Dr Gerald Finnerty

Further details

Course contact for further information

Dept of Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience,


t: +44 (0)20 7848 5438.

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Basic & Clinical Neuroscience Department of Neuroscience Neuroscience



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Course detail


The MSc Clinical Neuroscience course enables basic scientists and trainees in neurology, psychiatry and related health-care disciplines to study the anatomical, physiological and pathological basis of symptoms and signs of brain disorders. It will show how advances in genetics, molecular neuroscience, electrophysiology and neuroimaging can drive improvements in clinical practice. You will learn to critique papers and appraise research that underpins evidence-based practice. The culmination of the course is a project, either in a wet lab or in a clinical environment, to enable each student to develop her/his research skills.

Course format and assessment


You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

The Anatomical Basis of Neurological Disease

Lectures (26 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (18 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning ( hours) | Self-study time (228 hours)

Neurology in Clinical Practice

Lectures (22 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (18 hours)  | Self-study time (228 hours)

The Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)  | Self-study time (228 hours)

Research Methods in Clinical Neuroscience

Lectures (12 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (50 hours)  | Self-study time (228 hours)


Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning ( varies hours) | Self-study time (varies hours) Total  (600 hours)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks.


Course Assessment

The primary methods of assessment for this course are written 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.

Extra information

Regulating body
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Other related courses:

Affective Disorders MSc

Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc


Year 1

Required Modules
    Students on this course are required to take:
  • The Anatomical Basis of Neurological Disease (30 credits)

  • The Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience (30 credits)

  • Neurology in Clinical Practice (30 credits)

  • Research Methods in Clinical Neuroscience (30 credits)

  • Dissertation (60 credits)


Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course

Entry requirements & how to apply

Clinical Neuroscience Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

2:1 or higher in medical science or a biological subject with a neurobiological component. Medical students can intercalate the course after completing three years of medical studies.

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.

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. 


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £70  applies.

Applications are normally processed within two weeks of receiving references. All applicants are welcome to visit the department by arrangement.

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 is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). Please detail your previous relevant experience, reasons for applying and career aims.

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 Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £12,750 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £29,850 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


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 UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer in late August, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • DBS checks
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • graduation costs
  • travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and to your optional clinical observership.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates pursue clinical and non-clinical academic careers in neurology, psychiatry and allied health care professions. A large proportion of the basic scientists on our course have gone on to study for a PhD.


Career destinations

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of organisations including: 

  • St Andrew's Healthcare 

  • University of Sumatera Utara 

  • Covance 

  • Queen's Hosptial 

  • University College Hospital - NHS

  • North West London - NHS 

  • Royal Free Hospital 

  • The Alzheimer's Society 


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