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Biological Sciences

B140 Master of Neuroscience (4 years)

Understanding the human nervous system is one of science’s greatest challenges. Southampton’s MNeurosci (Master of Neuroscience) degree will give you the skills to become a highly-motivated, talented neuroscientist.

Our four-year integrated masters covers the breadth of disciplines encompassing molecular, cellular and systems neuroscience, neuroimmunology, neurodegeneration and neuropharmacology.

Introducing your course

Through expert training and guidance in subjects as diverse as cell biology, genetics and biochemistry, you will become well equipped with the fundamental sciences to tackle this truly interdisciplinary subject matter.

You will build on the foundation of biomedical sciences in -year one, with increasing neuroscience specialisation through successive -years. This culminates in the final-year in an extensive individual research project, supported by a unique ‘Advanced Neuroscience’ module in which leading researchers give master classes, preparing you for a neuroscience career.

This course provides an ideal stepping stone to scientific or clinically-related postgraduate research, or careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Master of Neuroscience


The neuroscience modules cover all levels from the molecular to the behavioural, and are the foundation for independent research projects in the third and fourth years. The programme is intended to provide a stepping stone to further study at PhD level in academic or clinical groups, and to important research career opportunities in the pharmaceutical and medical-device industries. Complementary to research career pathways, the programme also provides a strong foundation for roles in education and management.

Subjects covered:

  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply  tab of the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Key Facts

  • New “Advanced Neuroscience” module. Students will be guided through the underpinnings of neuroscience research projects currently being undertaken at Southampton.
  • Develop your practical, analytical and laboratory skills
  • Opportunity to conduct and original research project
  • Be taught by researchers at the forefront of their fields and enhance your interdisciplinary research skills
  • 100 per cent of our research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF2014)
  • Opportunity to study abroad at a host universities in Australia, New Zealand and Europe

The National Student Survey 2017

95% of Biological Sciences students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course.

MSc Neurosciences (1 year)

MSc Neurosciences (1 year)

An opportunity to work alongside Southampton’s internationally renowned neuroscientists exploring all aspects of the nervous system.

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“I spent a year in industry at GSK in Stevenage looking at ways to monitor liver and kidney fibrosis.”

Phillippa Richardson - Master of Neuroscience, 2016

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process:

Grades A*- C in English, mathematics and science. If you do not have the formal qualifications, your aptitude for this degree in Neuroscience will be assessed at a interview. International students whose first language is not English must have already attained the necessary standard in English, such as 6.5 in IELTS.

A Levels:

AAA-AAB Chemistry must be offered at A level (minimum grade B) with at least one other A level science subject. A level science subjects considered include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, psychology, environmental studies, geography and geology. Applicants only offering A Level Chemistry will be considered on a case by case basis.


34 points, 17 at higher level, which includes two science subjects one of which must be higher level chemistry.

International applications

The University’s general admission requirements, including information for overseas/European applicants can be found at:

Mature applicants

We do offer entry through a one year Science Foundation programme designed to enable you to qualify for entry to Honours degree programmes in Biological Sciences if you have not studied the appropriate Science subjects at GCE A level or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. It is particularly appropriate if you are a mature student or if you have obtained good grades in non-science A levels.

A minimum of GCSEs in Maths English and Science, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, are required. If English is not your first language we will ask you to obtain a recognised qualification, such as IELTS with a minimum score of 5.5. For Year 1 of the main degree course, you will need a minimum score of 6.5.

The Centre for Biological Sciences admissions requirements and contact details can be found at:

This information is available, upon request, in large print, Braille, on audio tape and on disc, as well as other languages. For further information please contact the Faculty Student Office, telephone +44 (0)23 8059 4118, email:

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

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

Science Foundation Year

Science Foundation Year

Don't have the right qualifications to meet our entry requirements? You could still get a place by doing a foundation year.

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Typical course content

The Master in Neuroscience degree is offered as a full-time course and normally lasts for four years.

Study is divided into four parts for the Masters in Neuroscience each part corresponding to one year of full-time study. The course is delivered in a semester pattern, each semester having 12 weeks for teaching and learning and 2-3 weeks for examinations.

The degree is divided into individual study modules. Each study module is accredited as being worth a certain number of credit points to you on successful completion. Modules are normally worth 7.5 ECTS which is equivalent to 150 hours of study. Modules are generally assessed at the end of each semester, but some are assessed entirely by coursework throughout the duration of the module.

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Year 1

Semester One
CHEM1039Credit: 15
BIOL1007Credit: 15
BIOL1011Credit: 15
Semester Two
BIOL1006Credit: 15
BIOL1021Credit: 15

Year 2

Semester One
BIOL2010Credit: 15
BIOL2016Credit: 15
BIOL2014Credit: 15
BIOL2002Credit: 15
BIOL2039Credit: 15
PHIL1006Credit: 15
UOSM2010Credit: 15
Semester Two
BIOL2040Credit: 15
BIOL2017Credit: 15
BIOL2018Credit: 15
BIOL2044Credit: 15
SOES1009Credit: 15

Year 3

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In addition to the modules listed below, in Year 3 you will also take one of the following compulsory combinations:

In Depth Research Project (BIOL3034, 15 ECTS) or

Bioscience Business (BIOL3058, 15 ECTS) or

Bioscience Education (BIOL 3059, 15 ECTS)

A combination of two 7.5 ECTS modules, taken from Literature Research Project (BIOL3031/32), Short Research Project (BIOL3050), Bioscience Communication (BIOL3060/3066)

You can take up to two optional modules in each semester normally taken from the choices below including a free elective from any other discipline.

Semester One
BIOL3012Credit: 15
BIOL3014Credit: 15
BIOL3027Credit: 15
BIOL3037Credit: 15
UOSM2010Credit: 15

Year 4

Semester One
BIOL6053Credit: 15
BIOL6013Credit: 60
BIOL6067Credit: 15
BIOL6071Credit: 15
BIOL1021Credit: 15
BIOL6024Credit: 15
BIOL6031Credit: 15
BIOL6037Credit: 15
BIOL6038Credit: 15
Semester Two
BIOL6034Credit: 15
BIOL6022Credit: 15
BIOL6045Credit: 15

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

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Master of Neuroscience2018Full-time£9,250£20,320
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Scholarships, bursaries 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 addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

Printing and copyingCoursework such as essays, projects and dissertations may be submitted on line. In the majority of cases, though, students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account Students entering Year 1 2015/16 will be given a printing allowance of £3 per 7.5 ECTS BIOL towards the costs of printing lecture handouts. Practical handouts and module guides will be provided by the university. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here:£0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculator: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials: All materials required for laboratory work are provided. Where necessary, suitable specialist safety equipment will be provided.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses All software is provided.
EquipmentHardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
ClothingLab coats and safety spectacles: One laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student. If these are lost the student must replace them at their own expense. The Students Union Shop stock these items.
PlacementsStudents who choose to go on an industrial placement at the end of Part 2 can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to.
OtherParking costs: There may be a requirement to undertake work at Southampton General Hospital (SGH), for example during a final year research project. Students may need to cover costs for transport to travel to SGH or for car parking.

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

Career Opportunities


Neuroscience graduates will be well placed top pursue scientific or clinically related postgraduate research careers or to enter the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Graduates may also wish to apply for medicine.


A dedicated Employment Officer will be on hand to help you build your skills profile and point you in the right direction. We also have connections with local, national and international employers as well as the University Careers Advisory Service.


Learning & Assessment

Learning and teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, coursework and projects. In Part 3 you will undertake a research project either independently or as part of a group. In Part 4 you will undertake an individual extended research-based project, a library-based dissertation and prepare a series of critiques on research seminars attended. In addition, you will study two modules in depth, allowing you to critically assess research papers and write an overview of one aspect of the field. A key component will be a new “Advanced Neuroscience” module in which you will guided through the underpinnings of neuroscience research projects currently being undertaken. Throughout the programme you will undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate the taught material and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of Neuroscience.

Assessment methods

You are 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, practical's and projects including dissertations and presentations.

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this programme you will be able to:

1. formulate and test hypotheses by planning, conducting and reporting a significant programme of neuroscience research

2. use a range of neuroscience laboratory equipment to conduct experiments

3. use computer software to record and analyse neuroscience data and determine their importance and validity

4. analyse critically and solve complex neuroscience problems

5. integrate your neuroscience knowledge base with other selected disciplines such as physiology, biology, pharmacology or biochemistry

6. independently integrate and critically evaluate neuroscience data from a wide range of sources, including primary source material in neuroscience journals and experimentation

7. demonstrate a systematic understanding of how the boundaries of neuroscience knowledge are advanced through research

8. conduct risk assessments concerning the use of chemicals, animal material and laboratory procedures

9. demonstrate broad expertise in defined areas of neuroscience at the level of current research in the field

10. critically evaluate the data and methodology of current published research in neuroscience and present your conclusions.

Student support

Every student is assigned a personal tutor from the start of their degree who will meet you when you enrol.


We have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for postgraduate students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required during your period of study.

Course Director

Dr John Chad

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study21%24%20%25%
Independent study79%76%80%75%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment71%74%73%21%
Practical exam assessment6%3%8%13%
Coursework assessment23%23%19%66%

Study Locations

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