Taught course


University of Sussex · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant area

Months of entry


Course content

Neuroscientists investigate the mind and brain – from neuropharmacology to the philosophy of consciousness – with applications from medicine to artificial intelligence.

This course is ideal for you if you have already studied neuroscience or a related discipline and wish to specialise and strengthen your knowledge of the subject, or if you have an excellent academic record and wish to move to neuroscience from another field. This course offers a wide choice of advanced lectures and seminars focusing on contemporary research, allows you to gain experience in a wide range of current techniques, and the project gives you up to six months’ experience of research work.

You benefit from being taught by faculty in one of the most interconnected neuroscience communities in the UK. This MSc is taught by academics from the School of Life Sciences, the School of Psychology, the Department of Informatics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Studies, bringing together over 50 Sussex Neuroscience research groups.


The taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods including term papers, presentations and unseen examinations. The project is assessed by a dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. Current modules are listed below.

Autumn term:

  • Advanced Techniques in Neuroscience
  • Life Sciences Master of Science Research Proposal.

Spring term:

  • Current Topics in Neuroscience.

Spring and summer terms:

  • Life Sciences Master of Science Research Project.

Throughout the year, you choose additional options from:

  • Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Development of the Nervous System
  • Drug Addiction and its Treatment
  • Endocrinology and Disease
  • Ethics, Philosophy and Methods of Research
  • Foundations of Neuroscience
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Genome Stability, Genetic Diseases and Cancer
  • Intelligence in Animals and Machines
  • Introduction to Genes and Biochemistry
  • Linear Models in Statistics
  • Mathematics and Computational Methods for Complex Systems
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Neuronal Plasticity and Gene Regulation
  • Neuronal Transduction and Transmission
  • Neuroscience of Consciousness
  • Social Neuroscience
  • Structure and Function in the Brain
  • Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Information for international students

For international entry requirements please see: Neuroscience (2016 entry) - entrance requirements

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university.

For full details of our scholarships please visit: Fees and scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678057