Taught course

Brain Sciences

University of Glasgow · College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

You should have at least a 2:1 Honours Degree or equivalent in Neuroscience, Psychology, Physiology or a relevant subject. Alternative qualifications, professional experience and 2:2 applicants with a strong subject specific expertise may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of this programme is to help you gain interdisciplinary knowledge “from molecules to mind” and develop research skills in cognitive brain imaging, fundamental neuroscience and brain disorders. Over the last two decades there has been an explosion of interest in brain science across academia, industry and the media. The integration of cognitive brain imaging with neuroscience plays a central part in discovering how the brain functions in health and disease in the 21st century, as illustrated by the Human Brain Project in Europe and The Brain Initiative in the USA.


  • Study in a School striving to understand the brain at multiple levels of function, from cells to cognition using approaches ranging from molecular, cellular and systems level investigations to brain imaging.
  • Psychology ranking top 10 in the UKExperience lectures by staff who are international research leaders and publish cutting edge research at the forefront of brain sciences.
  • Attend seminars on a wide range of topics given by eminent external speakers visiting the School from around the world as part of our Current Research Topics course.
  • Receive training in research design, data handling, data analysis, and reporting of results.
  • Develop in-depth specialist knowledge to enhance further academic research as well as transferable skills for a career outside academia.
  • The brain science programme allows choice and flexibility through optional taught courses.
  • Join a vibrant community of masters students from other programmes and for your research project you will be based in laboratories alongside PhD students, postdocs and senior researchers.
  • Gain skills in critical appraisal, independent working, presentations, writing scientific documents and time management through our range of teaching methods and assessments.

Carry out a research project working in labs equipped with technology and expertise at the forefront of brain science research, including:

  • 3 Tesla fMRI system to image human brain function
  • magnetoencephalography and electroencephalography to study neural activity
  • transcranial magnetic stimulation for non-invasive brain stimulation
  • 7 Tesla experimental MRI scanner for studying models of disease
  • confocal microscopy for high resolution cellular imaging
  • models of disease for pharmcolgical, gene and stem cell therapies

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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