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Biological Sciences

MSc Neurosciences (1 year)

Course not running in 2020-2021 academic year: coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Due to the effect of the coronavirus on our staff and facilities, it's not possible for the University to offer this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. We're regularly updating our coronavirus plans, so check back soon for an update.

Explore the brain and study all aspects of the nervous system from the molecular to the behavioural with our MSc Neuroscience degree. Help improve fundamental understanding of brain function and address key challenges for society such as neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric conditions.



Introducing your degree

Delivered by Neuroscience researchers at the forefront of their field, our MSc Neuroscience course will provide ambitious students with an exciting pathway to specialise in Neuroscience research.

You will acquire a breadth of knowledge in experimental, applied and translational Neuroscience by joining the Southampton Neuroscience Group Community, which is made up of biologists, psychologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists and mental healthcare professionals who share a passion for studying brain function in health and disease.


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It has been an enriching experience, in multiple aspects; In addition to the modules, I like the examples and strategies that teachers use in the teaching-learning process. I like the fact that there are many students from different parts, it transforms the academic and university environment into an intercultural experience.
Gerardo Mendez Victoriano, MSc Neuroscience
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Distinctive benefits of your course:

  • Gain experience in various cutting-edge experimental Neuroscience techniques
  • Undertake a research-based project within our internationally renowned research labs
  • Participate in interactive and experimental workshops
  • Opportunity to attend a national or international Neuroscience conference
  • Develop the knowledge and skills needed for further study, or a career within Neuroscience

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2021/22 entrants

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To Apply

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Programme Structure


There are five compulsory modules, which lay a solid foundation in the basic discipline of this programme and the opportunity to take three further optional modules.

In the final semester you will be exposed to the forefronts of the discipline’s knowledge, with the opportunity to conduct supervised original research. Projects vary from year to year and project titles offered in the past have included:

  • Functional analysis of synaptic and extrasynaptic glutamate receptors
  • Identification of neural mechanisms responsible for daily rhythms in physiology and behaviour
  • Neural basis of behavioural plasticity in C. elegans
  • Exploration of the neuroinflammatory profile in human post-mortem tissue

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.

Five compulsory modules:

  • Structure and Function of the Nervous System
  • Synaptic Function in Health and Disease
  • Glial Development and Biology
  • Advanced Neurosciences – a workshop based module focusing on experimental Neuroscience techniques.
  • MSc Neuroscience Research Project

Optional modules can be selected from:

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Neuropharmacology of CNS Disorders
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Cellular Signalling in Health and Disease
  • Molecular Pharmacology



Key Facts

Our students benefit from £50 million investment in our purpose built Life Science building

100 percent of our research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF2014)

The university was awarded Silver for teaching by the Teaching Excellence & Student Outcomes Framework Panel (TEF,2018)

Join a diverse multicultural community where you'll be supported by a support system of tutors and students

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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

Module information

Year 1

Semester One
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).
Semester Two
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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
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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

Teaching and Learning Methods

Students will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, practical classes, coursework and projects. In Part 3 students will undertake an individual extended research-based project. A key component will be a new “Advanced Neuroscience” module wherein students will guided through the underpinnings of neuroscience research projects currently being undertaken. Throughout the programme the students will undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate the taught material and to broaden their knowledge and understanding of Neuroscience.

 Assessment methods

Students will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and written examinations at the end of each semester to test your knowledge and understanding of the lecture and tutorial material. Continuous assessment is based on performance in tutorials, practicals and projects including dissertations and presentations

Study locations

The Life Sciences Building

Biological Sciences Building, Highfield Campus

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Southampton General Hospital

Southampton General Hospital

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