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Neuroscience MSci

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Overview

The Neuroscience MSci at King's is a modern and multidisciplinary advanced degree covering aspects of cell, molecular and developmental biology, neuroanatomy, physiology and pharmacology. It also links to psychology and philosophy. The course will give you a broad grounding in the subject, with special emphasis on developmental neuroscience, diseases and disorders of the nervous system, and clinical and psychological aspects of neuroscience. At the MSci level, this course also features an extended research project.

Studying a Biomedical Science degree with us means that you will be able to enjoy the flexibility to choose your degree after your first year with our Common Year One curriculum. All Biomedical Science disciplines are covered in the first year, making the decision for your future an informed one.

You will be able to choose from the following Biomedical science degrees; Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology BScBiochemistry BScBiochemistry MSciBiomedical Science BScMedical Physiology BScMolecular Genetics BScMolecular Genetics MSciNeuroscience BScNeuroscience MSciPharmacology BSc, and Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics BSc.

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

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  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers
  • One of the UK's best graduate employment rates
  • A contemporary approach to the study of neuroscience, reflecting state-of-the-art research techniques and models
  • Opportunity to perform two substantial original research projects in a leading laboratory
  • Flexible options to tailor your degree through overseas study, work placement or to switch to a different four-year MSci.

Key information

UCAS code B141

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King’s College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Neuroscience

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Description

Neuroscience is a vibrant and emerging discipline that seeks to understand the development, structure and function of the nervous system, as well as giving insights into possible therapies for neural diseases and disorders. The field of neuroscience draws its impetus from recent advances in molecular and cell biology, neuroimaging, systems neuroscience and bioinformatics, as well as incorporating a wide variety of conventional disciplines including anatomy, neurology, psychology and psychiatry.

One of the key strengths of the Neuroscience MSci at King's is its focus on research. Our neuroscience research centres are at the forefront of the field and their work informs the delivery and shape of our course.

Our MSci course will provide you with an integrated knowledge base in neuroscience, and a wide set of skills, including analytical and critical thinking, and the ability to understand and communicate complex ideas through different media.

This course forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year 1’ course within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Once you have successfully completed year one, you can choose to switch to any other course within this suite.

In your second year, you will specialise in neuroscience, taking an integrated range of courses from molecular and developmental biology, neuroanatomy and physiology up to psychological theories of mind. These modules are integrated to provide an overview of neuroscience disciplines and to give you the knowledge to progress to the third year where you will further specialise, choosing one of three pathways: Neuroscience – Laboratory Research; Neuroscience and neuropsychology, or; Neuroscience – Literature and Practical Topics.

During year 4 you will undertake an extended research project and study a module on research methods and project design, which will give you an insight into the design and conduct of research.

In year 2 you may also choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, or to undertake an extra-mural or work placement, usually at a leading biomedicine employer.

Alternatively, after the ‘Common Year 1’ course, you can apply to transfer to one of our four-year MSci courses: Biochemistry MSci; Molecular Genetics MSci.  In year three you can apply to transfer to the four-year Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research MSci .

Teaching

Teaching on this course takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research and writing assignments.    

 

Course stage

Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on placements 

Year 1

 25%

 75%

-

Year 2

 28%

 72%

-

Year 3

 20%

 80%

-

Year 4

45%

55%

-

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

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

Course stage

Percentage of Assessment by Written Exams

Percentage of Assessment by Practical Exams

Percentage of Assessment by Coursework 

Year 1

78%

5%

17%

Year 2

65%

5%

30%

Year 3

35%

13%

52%

Year 4

30%

5%

65%

If you choose an extra-mural placement this will be assessed through a written dissertation and a poster presentation and which will be deemed equivalent to 60 credits at level 6 (the normal level of year 3 study).

Course accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology

Location

This course is primarily taught at King’s College London Guy’s and Denmark Hill Campuses, putting you at the heart of everything London has to offer in terms of academic resources and also close to its social and entertainment attractions.

Regulating body

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

 

 

Structure

Year 1

 

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 480 credits.

There are options to switch to any other course in the Bioscience suite or to another four-year MSci after Year 1. You can also choose to study abroad during Year 2.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology (15 credits)
  • Cell Biology and Neuroscience (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Physiology and Anatomy (30 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Skills for the Biosciences (15 credits)
Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in year 1

We review our modules on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Neuroscience (30 credits)

  • Neuroscience & the Mind (15 credits)

  • Physiology & Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System (15 credits)

  • Essentials of Embryology (15 credits)

  • Psychology 1 (15 credits)

  • Gene Cloning & Expression A (15 credits)

Optional Modules

You are also required to take one of the following optional modules:

  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (15 credits)

  • Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Mind (15 credits)

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, which currently include:

  • The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden
  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • National University of Singapore
  • The University of California
  • The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option.

Alternatively, you may apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Placements, either in the UK or overseas, may be in a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute. Courses incorporating the extra-mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.  

Students are not encouraged to undertake the extra-mural year when undertaking the MSci. Any applications will be considered on a case- by-case basis.

We review our modules on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change.

Year 3

In your final year you will choose one of the following pathways:

1. Neuroscience - Laboratory Research

This pathway features a major neuroscience project within a research laboratory. It can be on a wide range of topics within cells, systems, developmental neuroscience or neurodegeneration.

2. Neuroscience and Neuropsychology

This pathway features a psychology research project.

3. Neuroscience - Literature and Practical Topics

This pathway features a literature-based neuroscience project (15 credits) and a shorter laboratory-based module comprising structured experimental sessions.

Required Modules

 Neuroscience - Laboratory Research  Pathway

You are required to take:

  • Laboratory-based Project in Neuroscience (45 credits)

  • Principles of Neurobiological Research (15 credits)

You are also required to take one of the following options:

  • Developmental Neurobiology (30 credits)
  • Perspectives on Pain & Nervous System Disorders (30 credits)

You are also required to take one of the following options:

  • Mechanisms of Development (30 credits)

  • Cellular and Systems Neuroscience (30 credits)

  • Memory Mechanism in Health & Disease (15 credits)

  • Imaging the Brain, Reading the Mind (15 credits)

 

Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Pathway

You are required to take:

  • Cognitive Neuropsychology (30 credits)

  • Research Methods and Statistics Psychology Project (30 credits)

 

Neuroscience - Literature and Practical Topics

You are required to take:

  • Literature based Research Project in the Neurosciences (15 credits)
    and/or
  • Project Design in Neuroscience  (30 credits)
Optional Modules

Neuroscience - Laboratory Research  Pathway

There are no optional modules

 

Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Pathway

Take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120, from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Cellular & Systems Neuroscience (30 credits)

  • Memory Mechanisms in Health & Disease (15 credits)

  • Imaging & Brain, Reading the Mind (15 credits)

  • Pharmacology of Neurological & Psychiatric Disorders (15 credits)

  • Neuroendocrinology (15 credits)

 

Neuroscience - Literature and Practical Topics Pathway

Take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120, from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Cellular and Systems Neuroscience (30 credits)

  • Pharmacology of Neurological & Psychiatric Disorders (15 credits)

  • Neuroendocrinology (15 credits)

  • Behavioural Science (15 credits)

  • Developmental Neurobiology (30 credits)

  • Cellular Basis of Drug Dependence (30 credits)

  • Perspectives on Pain & Nervous System Disorders (30 credits)

  • Experimental Topics in Neuroscience (15 credits)
  • Mechanisms of Development (30 credits)

  • Memory Mechanisms in Health & Disease (15 credits)

  • Imaging the Brain, Reading the Mind (15 credits)

During year three you can apply to transfer to the four-year MSci Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research, on which you will be required to take a 90-credit research project usually at an external industrial provider within the UK during your fourth year.

A contribution by the university is given to cover additional living costs during the project up to a maximum of £2,000.

Year 4

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Research Project in Neuroscience (60 credits)

  • Project Design and Research Methods in Neuroscience (30 credits)

 

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take one 30 credit module from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Psychiatric Genetics Research (30 credits)

  • Developmental Neurobiology Research (30 credits)

  • Neurodegeneration Research (30 credits)

  • Neuroimaging Research (30 credits)

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Research (30 credits)

  • Neural Stem Cells and Nervous System Repair (30 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

 

Required grades

AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAA 

Must include grade A in Chemistry and Biology.

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science Diploma (or similar subject) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3

Must include grade D3 in Chemistry and Biology.

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme. Please check our entry requirements for the BSc programme.

Note that students on the BSc programme have the opportunity to switch to the MSci at the end of year two, subject to achieving the required academic standards.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme. Please check our entry requirements for the BSc programme.

Note that students on the BSc programme have the opportunity to switch to the MSci at the end of year two, subject to achieving the required academic standards.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme. Please check our entry requirements for the BSc programme.

Note that students on the BSc programme have the opportunity to switch to the MSci at the end of year two, subject to achieving the required academic standards.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

Must include grade A in both Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 666 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and Biology. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications   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.

 

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricular activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing: Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. 
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. 
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored. 

Selection procedure

Entrance to the MSci course is normally via UCAS. 

Application deadline: January 15th 2019.

Students may also transfer into the course during the third year from the Neuroscience BSc at King's, subject to attaining a 65% average mark in end of year exams.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) 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.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £25,500 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

While students are on a study abroad or extra- mural year, King’s will continue to invoice students for a proportion of King’s tuition fees. At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an

invoice for one third of the King’s tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • college approved calculator for exams (Casio fx83 or fx85)
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • graduation costs
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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

Graduates from the School of Bioscience Education are equipped with a variety of transferable skills including data gathering, analysis and interpretation, presentation skills and teamwork. Our graduates are well-qualified to undertake a wide range of careers or training for a higher degree such as an MSc or PhD. Other have continued to study in medicine, dentistry and related fields including pharmaceutical sciences, cardiovascular pharmacology and biomedical research.

Further careers information for prospective students is available on our Careers & Employability webpages.

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