Taught course

Brain Sciences

University of Glasgow · Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology

Entry requirements

You should have at least a second class Honours Degree or equivalent in Neuroscience, Psychology, Physiology or a relevant subject. Alternative qualifications will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. You are required to provide two references and a full degree transcript with your application.

Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

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 will play 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. The taught Brain Sciences Degree will help you gain interdisciplinary knowledge “from molecules to mind” and enable you to develop research skills in cognitive brain imaging, fundamental neuroscience and brain disorders.


  • You will study the Brain Science Degree in an Institute that strives 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 o
  • Lectures will be given by staff who are international research leaders and who publish cutting edge research at the forefront of brain sciences.
  • You will attend seminars on a wide range of topics given by eminent external speakers visiting the Institute from around the world as part of our Current Research Topics course.
  • You will 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
  • You will receive in depth training in research design and statistical analysis
  • The brain science programme allows student choice and flexibility. Through your choice of optional taught courses you can develop in-depth specialist knowledge to enhance further academic research as well as transferable skills for a career outside academia.
  • You will 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.
  • Through the range of teaching methods and assessments used you will gain skills in critical appraisal, independent working, presentations, writing scientific documents and time management.


The programme will consist of compulsory taught courses, selected optional courses and a research project spread over 11-12 months.

Core courses and Research Project

  • Fundamentals for neuroscience research
  • Cognitive brain imaging
  • Statistics and research design
  • Current research topics in brain sciences
  • Neuroscience: animal models of disease and function
  • Designing a research project
  • Brain sciences research project

Optional courses

  • Introduction to Matlab for biologists
  • Neuroscience: in vivo models
  • In vitro and analytical approaches in neuroscience
  • Bioimaging for life sciences
  • Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health
  • Technology transfer and commercialisation of biomedical research
  • Neuroinflammation

Teaching and Learning Methods

Taught courses are delivered by lectures, tutorials, problem-based learning and computer-based sessions supplemented by a wide range of electronic resources for independent or group study. You will use the primary scientific literature as an information resource and through project work will develop skills in team-working, experimental design and data interpretation. Through assessment of coursework you will gain skills in oral and written communication.


The University of Glasgow MSc in Brain Sciences provides you with many career opportunities.

Research: MSc students can enter a research career, mainly by undertaking further postgraduate research studies towards a PhD, or by working in research laboratories in academic settings.

Industry: Other options include going on to work in a wide range of commercial sectors including the pharmaceutical or biotechnological industries and scientific publishing.

Information for international students

General English language requirements IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

MVLS Brain Sciences