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Neuroscience MSc

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Explore theories behind neuroscience, compare real human brains from our brain bank and develop the professional skills you need for your career.  

On this course, we’ll cover the key areas of psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience and neurology. Then you’ll delve deeper into the area that interests you and carry out research with leading experts in the field.

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


Key benefits  

  • Join a diverse community – students join us from all over the globe and have a background in biomedical, psychology and more.  

  • Complete three core modules then pick a specialised pathway  

  • Study surrounded by the expertise and facilities of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, MRC Social & Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre, and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre 

  • Learn from experts in ADHD, genetics, personality disorders and more.  

  • Prepare for careers in research and medical, clinical, or pharmaceutical environments, as well as careers in policy making.

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

Teaching  

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

Description

Studied psychology, biomedical background, or just interested in the inner workings of the brain? This course is for anyone who wants to make ground-breaking discoveries in the field and develop practical skills for their future. 

At King’s, you’ll use cutting-edge facilities, work with leading researchers to solve complex challenges and be the first to hear about findings from our research centres.  

You’ll complete three core modules. Then pick a module that interests you (there’s around six to choose from) and apply your skills to a 20 week research project.  

If your research project is in the same subject area as your specialised module, you can graduate with an MSc Neuroscience in that speciality.  

“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

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

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

 

Course format and assessment

Format 

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars,  field work and self-study.

A1 Fundamental Neuroscience

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

A2 Fundamental Neuroscience

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

A3 Fundamental Neuroscience

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B1 Psychiatric Genetics Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3-5hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B Neuroscience Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3-5 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B3 Developmental Neurobiology Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3-5 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B4 Neurodegeneration Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3-5 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B5 Neuroimaging Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (2-5 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B6 Brain Networks and Tractography

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3-5hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B7 Cognitive Neuroscience Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3-5hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B8 Neural Stem Cells and Nervous System Repair Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment 

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

Full-time (one year)

Examination (46.7%) | Coursework (20%) | Practical (33.3%)

Part time (two years) 

Year 1 : Examination (60%) | Coursework (40%) | Practical (0%)

Year 2: Examination (3.3%) | Coursework (0%) | Practical (66.6%)

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

Other related courses

Neuroimaging 

 

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

The course is divided into taught and research modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Students on this course are required to take: 

Optional Modules

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

 

Research modules
The research component will allow students to gain training and experience in hypothesis-driven academic research. Students also take 60 credits from a range of research modules that may typically include:

  • C Neuroscience (60 credits)

  • C1 Research project in Psychiatric Genetics (60 credits)

  • C3 Research project in Developmental Neurobiology (60 credits)

  • C4 Research project in Neurodegeneration (60 credits)

  • C5 Research project in Neuroimaging (60 credits)

  • C6 Research project in Brain networks and Tractography (60 credits)

  • C7 Research project in Cognitive Neuroscience (60 credits)

  • C8 Neural Stem Cells and Nervous System Repair Research (60 credits)

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 2020

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 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: £6,375 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £14,925 per year (2020/21)

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.

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 UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 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 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
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • A0 size project posters

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

You’ll graduate with specialised knowledge in a broad range of neuroscience topics. But you’ll also be prepared to deal with challenging situations in a broad range of sectors too. 

Many international students return to their home country to apply their skills to a career in neuroscience. Other graduates build careers in the UK working within research, scientific writing, clinical settings, and more. 

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