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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 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. 

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

 

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, usually through further full-time study in basic neuroscience in an academic research environment or in a taught clinical programme, employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation. Some students have entered scientific publishing.

Please note that the two year part-time programme runs on alternate years. The next intake will be September 2018. 

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 2018.

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 Department of Neuroscience

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Course detail

Description

The Neuroscience MSc inspires the next generation of neuroscientists.  The course brings together home and international Students from various academic backgrounds.  Our vision is to provide Students with multidisciplinary training in a broad range of neuroscience topics, particularly those relating to psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience and neurology.  We believe that our Teaching and Research goals can best be achieved through our Students, Scientists and Clinicians working together on common problems. This approach transforms Students' theoretical and practical knowledge of the neurosciences, and provides them with the applied and professional skills they need for their future careers.  In short, our objective is to provide students with a good foundation for life.

The Programme provides:

  • Students with core teaching and learning in a wide range of neuroscience domains (3 fundamental modules) and a choice of a specialised pathway (optional modules).

  • Multidisciplinary training in neuroscience topics ranging from the molecular to the behavioural.  Modules are taught using a variety of teaching methods ranging from didactic instruction through to student-led seminar/tutorial work.

  • Rich research experience (research module) in high quality research environments.

  • Skills, career and professional development in topics relevant to biomedical research. This is done through various exercises including presentation of original research data in both poster and scientific paper formats.

  • Clinicians with specialised supplementary training.

  • A specialised knowledge of a broad range of neuroscience topics relevant to mental illness, psychology and neurology.

  • Students with the ability to conduct high quality research and to present their findings to different audiences.

 

Course Objectives

Successful students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Specialised knowledge in a broad range of neuroscience topics relevant to mental illness and neurology.

  • The ability to conduct high quality research and to present their findings effectively.

  • The high level of achievement appropriate for students wishing to undertake further research and/or training.

MSc Neuroscience Students take three broad-based neuroscience modules during their first term. During the second term Students ‘specialise’ by  choosing one of six taught optional modules, ‘Psychiatric Genetics’, ‘Developmental Neurobiology’, ‘Neurodegeneration’, ‘Neuroimaging’, ‘Cognitive Neuroscience’ and ‘Neural Stem Cells and Nervous System Repair’. In the third and final term, Students work together with their Scientist / Clinician Supervisors to produce original research.             

While most students applying to the course have a degree in a basic biomedical science or in Psychology, the course attracts a much wider range of applicants. These include:

  • Clinicians eager to understand current knowledge and to apply it in their own research or practice and;

  • Students with backgrounds in the physical sciences, mathematics or computing keen to develop, for example, more advanced methods of analysing data from neuroimaging and genetic studies.

  • Graduates who have a strong interest in Neuroscience are also encouraged to apply, and will be considered on an individual basis.

MSc Neuroscience in a speciality

To obtain an MSc in a speciality, students must complete the 3 compulsory taught fundamental modules (A1-A3), followed by a further taught specialised optional module (from Modules B1-B8) and a research project (from Modules C1-C8) in the same speciality.

While every effort will be made to accommodate a student's wishes, the number of research projects that can be offered on each speciality is dependent on availability.  MSc Neuroscience

The degree of MSc Neuroscience will be awarded to:

  • those students who choose a research project that is in a different speciality from their optional taught module. Also included are students who choose research projects that fall outside the specialities encompassed by B1-B8, for example, a research project in eating disorders. 

  • part-time students who are not able to attend one of the specialised taught modules (B1-B8) when they are given to the full-time students but instead attend the B Neuroscience research module. 

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 UK 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 £60 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 2018.

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 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 UK fees: £12,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £28,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time UK fees: £6,150 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £14,250 per year (2019/20)

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.

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 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
  • 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

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. 

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