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Neuroimaging MSc

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Find out more and join us at our Postgraduate Open Evening on 6th March 2019. Book your place now.

We are proud to have been awarded an IoPPN Excellence Award in 2017 and 2018 for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Education Survey (PTES).

Neuroimaging is a competitive and evolving field, with few options for specialist training. At King’s you’ll learn the scientific and methodological aspects of neuroimaging, developing practical skills you’ll use in your career. 

Our latest research informs our teaching. And you’ll hear from clinical and academic experts from a range of organisations throughout the course.

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


Key benefits 

  • Study in our state-of-the-art Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences with access to five MRI scanners, EEG labs, and links to other organisations using PET, MEG, CT, Ultrasound and Stem Cell Imaging machines 

  • Learn from expert physicists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and psychologists 

  • Develop the practical skills of day-to-day neuroimaging techniques and their applications 

  • Awarded the IoPPN Excellence Award in 2018 for student satisfaction.


All of our lecturers are active researchers, and many are clinical staff. They specialise in a range of brain imaging and analysis techniques.  

In lectures, you’ll hear from King’s experts and guest speakers covering specialist topics. Other classes are more practical, working in labs or small workshop groups.  

You’ll also have the chance to visit other centres that provide PET, MEG and NIRS among other imaging techniques.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Course intake 21 FT.

Course leaders

Dr Vincent Giampietro 


Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Programme Adminsitrator: Milena Rodriguez 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Neuroimaging



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Course detail


Whether you’re coming straight from your undergraduate degree or you’ve been working in a clinical role for years, our Neuroimaging MSc is a comprehensive introduction to this exciting area of medical science. We’ll teach you the vital theory behind the subject, while the practical course components cover all aspects of day-to-day neuroimaging techniques.  

You’ll learn the ins and outs of our MRI scanners at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences. And we’ll go on site visits to other facilities where you can explore different tools and techniques. To complement the practical sessions, you’ll have lectures on theory, and weekly computer labs to analyse real data. 

We explore a huge range of neuroimaging applications. Topics include psychology and neurology and as well as newer work on the fringes of the field. A lot of our work is in partnership with industry, so you’ll always be up to date with the latest thinking and discoveries.    

“We don’t just teach the techniques, we cover all the applications of neuroimaging. Because of the patient population we have access to, our students can do their projects in a lot of different clinical areas. Or students coming from engineering or computer science can focus more on software or hardware.” 

Dr Vincent Giampietro, Course Leader

Further literature


For information on open events visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/opendays.aspx


Course format and assessment


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

Principles of Neuroimaging

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (20 hours) | Self-study time (245 hours) 

Neuroimaging Acquisition and Analysis

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (20 hours) | Self-study time (245 hours) 

Applications of Neuroimaging

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (20 hours) | Self-study time (245 hours) 

Practical Neuroimaging

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (20 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (50 hours) | Self-study time (210 hours) 

Neuroimaging Research Project

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (0 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (600 hours) 


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Examination (40%) | Coursework (40%) | Practical (20%) 

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change. 

Extra information

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

Other related courses

Neuroscience MSc 


Year 1

Required Modules
Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take: 
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Neuroimaging Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1 A minimum 2:1 degree in biomedical or related sciences, psychology, neuroscience, physics, engineering, computer science, mathematics or in another scientific subject. Applications from those working in medicine or professions allied to medicine are also welcome.
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 £60 applies.

Applications are normally processed within two weeks of the receipt of the applicant’s completed references. All applicants are welcome to visit the department by arrangement. Please call or email us to arrange this. After review of the initial application, the admissions tutor may invite selected candidates to interview. It will be possible for overseas applicants to make arrangements to be interviewed via Skype or phone.

Personal statement and supporting information

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

Neuroimaging 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 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 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

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: £12,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £28,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 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 2020/21.

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 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, 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 the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • 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 and between campuses

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

We put a strong focus on your career throughout the course. We run regular workshops and bring in speakers working in a range of areas from data analytics to pharmaceuticals. 

Many of our graduates go on to study a PhD after finishing the course. Others use the MSc as a way to enhance their existing career, in radiography for example.


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