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MSc Neurosciences (1 year)

Southampton’s one-year postgraduate MSc Neuroscience gives students the opportunity to specialise in the study of neuroscience, while working alongside some of the most eminent researchers at the forefront of their field.

The programme offers participants the chance to be embedded in one of the University’s cutting-edge Neuroscience research groups. It is ideal for students wishing to pursue further neuroscience PhD study or who want a career in pharmacology, neuroscience drug development, and pharmaceutical companies and focused on neuroscience.


Introducing your degree

This is the course page for MSc Neuroscience degree at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about degree and research in Neurosciences and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton MSc Neuroscience graduate.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

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Newly created modules in advanced human neuroanatomy, neuronal and glial physiology in health and disease will form the key pillars of the taught component of this program.  This will be complimented by compulsory research focused, interactive experimental workshops exposing students to the extensive Neuroscience expertise in Southampton.

Workshops will focus on neuro-drug discovery, model organisms in neurological disease, dementia research including iPSC-models and neuropathological studies, neural networks, behavioural neurosciences, cell and molecular neurobiology and interdisciplinary neuroscience. Alongside these modules students will undertake an individual extended research-based project in one of fourteen research labs currently conducting cutting-edge neuroscience research. Research spans from normal physiological function (such as circadian biology, aging processes and synaptic physiology) to neurodegenerative disease (such as dementia research, neuroinflammation, translational research). Additionally there will be a variety of optional modules on offer including a library-based dissertation, critiques on current research seminars, neuroimaging, and critical thinking, as well as other skills-based modules.

Students will also have the option to study allied subjects such as Psychology and Ethics in the context of Neuroscience. Teaching will be conducted in both traditional lecture-style groups as well as smaller interactive workshop based groups and practicals, led by both UoS research active neuroscientists, and external invited experts in the field. Throughout the programme, students will undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate the taught material and to broaden their knowledge and understanding of neuroscience. Through assessments, students will be taught to critically assess research papers, synthesize evidence based written scientific arguments, and disseminate data through poster and oral presentations.

Also included in the course fee, students will have the opportunity to attend a national or international Neuroscience conference.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

To Apply

Submit applications via this webpage

Programme Structure

12 modules:

8 taught modules

1 research project constituting four modules

There are six compulsory taught modules, which lay a solid foundation in the basic discipline of this programme. Additionally you will choose two optional modules from a list of modules offered both within Biological Sciences as well as in other faculties within UoS.

In the final semester, students are exposed to the forefronts of the discipline’s knowledge, with the opportunity to conduct supervised original research. This project is compulsory and contributes to 4 modules worth of credit.

This programme is intended to develop research skills in a more focused Neuroscience context than is possible in a broader undergraduate degree structure. You will also be exposed to cutting edge research, participating in seminar presentations in wide-ranging and specialist topics.

Key Facts

The MSc Neuroscience course provides a flexible programme which will allow you to pursue your interest in Neuroscience from the frontiers of our knowledge in this discipline. You will develop a solid foundation in laboratory skills and will have the opportunity to develop your own interests in particular fields of neuroscience research supported by a range of advanced courses.

These courses are taught by researchers at the forefront of their disciplines from within the Biological Sciences School and from the wider university, including the faculty of Medicine and Institute of Life Sciences. You will conduct an original research project in the Schools research laboratories and attend modules which are research led, drawing extensively on research seminars given throughout the University. The analytical and practical skills acquired during this programme provide a strong foundation for a broad range of careers.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Degree requirements

2:1 equivalent in relevant Science based first degree

Selection process

Intake: 12

Average applications per place: 5

Personal statement and predicted grades for first degree (if results outstanding); interview only if primary degree in subject allied to Biological Sciences

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

12 modules; 4 modules in S1 and S2; Research project worth 4 modules in S3

Year 1

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

The Life Sciences Building

Biological Sciences Building, Highfield Campus

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Southampton General Hospital

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