Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in biological, health or related science subject, medicine or psychology. Examples of acceptable degrees: Neuroscience, Psychology, Medical Science, Medicine, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Clinical Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Zoology, Anatomy, Forensic Science, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Veterinary Pharmacy, Biological Sciences, Cognitive Science, Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Molecular Science, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Medical Laboratory Science, Orthoptics.

For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.

We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.

We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following:

  • evidence of six months of relevant work experience (for example, in the human or veterinary health sector (excluding administrative work), work in a laboratory, working as a lecturer, medical writing, clinical trials);
  • a relevant postgraduate qualification.

If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.

The additional bench fee for this programme covers the laboratory based research project, which accounts for 60 of the 180 credit points of the completed degree.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will provide you with training in the neurosciences as they relate to the physiologic function and behaviour of the organism. It builds on the broad research strengths of recognised scientists, particularly in basic and clinical neuroscience, molecular and cell biology, neuroendocrinology, behaviour, neurodegeneration and stress. You will benefit from guest lecturers who bring their specialist and advanced knowledge to the programme.

Throughout the programme, you will learn basic principles of neuroscience and research methodology as illustrated in the context of various brain diseases, including psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. A practical and a research project will give you valuable experience in experimental neuroscience, while tutorials and presentations will develop your communication skills.

The MSc will appeal to graduates looking to progress to PhD study as well as those with medical training who want to diversify into research. You could also move on to a career in industry, the health service, science communication or clinical trials coordination.

Part-time study may be possible but will depend on the student's individual availability for study. This option will first need to be discussed with the programme director.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 117 394 1649