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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.

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


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 Open

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



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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 (18 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (18 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (36 hours) | Self-study time (228 hours)

Neurology in Clinical Practice

Lectures (18 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (18 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (36 hours) | Self-study time (228 hours)

Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

Lectures (18 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (18 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (36 hours) | Self-study time (228 hours)

Research Methods in Clinical Neuroscience

Lectures (18 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (18 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (36 hours) | Self-study time (228 hours)


Self-study time (600 hours)

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


Course Assessment

Assessment is by a two-hour unseen examination, a 2000-word essay 

Year 1

Examination (50%) | Coursework (50%)

Extra information

Regulating body
King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England


Other related courses:

Affective Disorders MSc

Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc


Entry requirements & how to apply

Clinical Neuroscience Entry Requirements
 Minimum UK 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.
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 apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £55 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

All applicants should supply a personal statement detailing their previous relevant experience, reasons for applying and career aims.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 30th March 2018.  Applications will remain open if places are available and 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 27th July 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 31st August 2018.

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 UK fees: £11,550 per year (2018/19)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,150 per year (2018/19)
  • Part time UK fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*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 on or before 31st March 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.
• If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
• If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
• If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, payment is due within one week 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 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

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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