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Neuroscience MSc

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Our Neuroscience MSc course will provide you with multidisciplinary training in a range of neuroscience topics, particularly those relevant to psychiatry, psychology and neurology. It seeks to equip graduates from a wide range of backgrounds for the next stage of their career, which may be either further full-time study in a neuroscience-related academic research environment, or employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation.


Key benefits  

  • Appeals to students from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Offers specialised graduate training in several neuroscience subject areas, both clinical and non-clinical.
  • Aims to equip all graduates for the next stage of their career. Teaching is research-led and prepares graduates for careers in a broad range of sectors including academic research and medical, clinical, or pharmaceutical environments, or scientific publishing.

Please note that the two year part-time programme runs on alternate years. The next intake will be September 2020. 


You’ll never have to rely on a textbook at King’s. All of our teaching team carry out their own research, so you’ll always be up to speed with the latest thinking in the field.  

One day, you might be listening to someone who has recently given a TED talk on a ground-breaking topic. Another day, you might be listening to an academic who has just published a paper in a leading journal.  

We focus on developing your practical skills too. For example, you’ll examine human brains from our Brain Bank, comparing healthy and unhealthy examples.   

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September. Two years PT. Please note that the part-time programme runs on alternate years, the next intake will be in September 2020

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 120 FT, 30 PT

Course leaders

Eamonn Walsh  

Further details

Course contact for further information

Course Administrator: neuroscience-msc@kcl.ac.uk

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

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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Find out more about the MSc Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. Hear from Course Leader, Dr Eamonn Walsh, and current Neuroscience students and Alumnus of this fantastic course.

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Course detail


Our Neuroscience course offers three taught required fundamental modules, followed by one chosen taught specialised optional module and ending with an approximately 20-week research project. Students choosing a research project in the same subject area as their specialised module may graduate with an MSc Neuroscience in that specialty.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

“With growing problems, such as Alzheimer’s, effecting the entire population, we need people from across the globe to combine their experience and expertise.”  

 Eamonn Walsh, 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,  field work and self-study.

A1 Fundamental Neuroscience

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (267 hours) 

A2 Fundamental Neuroscience

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (267 hours) 

A3 Fundamental Neuroscience

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (267 hours) 

B Neuroscience Research (part-time students only)

Lectures (20hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (267 hours) 

Neurodegeneration Research

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (262 hours) 

Neuroimaging: Investigating Brain Function and Dysfunction

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (262 hours) 

Cognitive Neuroscience Research

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (262 hours) 

Neural Stem Cells and Nervous System Repair Research

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (262 hours) 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


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

Neuroimaging: Investigating Brain Function and Dysfunction

Extra information

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



Year 1

Required Modules

The course is divided into taught and research modules. Over the course of your study you will take modules totaling 180 credits.

Students on this course are required to take: 

  • A1 Fundamental Neuroscience (30 credits)
  • A2 Fundamental Neuroscience (30 credits)
  • A3 Fundamental Neuroscience (30 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, students take 30 credits from a choice of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Neurodegeneration Research (30 credits)
  • Neuroimaging: Investigating Brain Function and Dysfunction(30 credits)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Research (30 credits)
  • Neural Stem Cells & Nervous System Repair Research (30 credits)

C Research Project module

The research component will allow students to gain training and experience in hypothesis-driven academic research. Students choosing a research project in the same subject area as their specialised module may graduate with MSc Neuroscience within that specialty.

  •  C Research project in Neuroscience (60 credits)

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 & how to apply

Neuroscience Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1

The normal minimum entry requirements are an undergraduate degree with 2:1 honours in a biological discipline; or a a medical degree (MBBS or international equivalent). Applicants with a non-biological degree or with a lower class may be considered.

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 £70 applies.

Applications are normally processed within two weeks of receiving references. All applicants are welcome to visit the department by arrangement, and students from unusual, i.e. non-biological, backgrounds are normally interviewed.

Please note that the two year part-time programme only runs on alternate years, the next intake is September 2022

Personal statement and supporting information

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

Neuroscience checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. It is preferable that all students complete this section but essential if they have an unusual, i.e. non-biological background or if they want to draw attention to any special circumstances that should be taken into account when their application is considered.
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 One academic reference is required. A professional reference 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 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.
For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

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

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 fees: £13,380 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £31,350 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £6,690 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £15,675 per year (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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, 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 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
  • DBS checks
  • 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

This course provides excellent training for students who wish to pursue a broad range of careers including an academic or research career, or those who wish to enter medical school, the pharmaceutical industry, or train as clinical psychologists, or work as scientific writers.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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