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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 with 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 a career 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 for this course for 2019/20 entrants

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

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 an original research project
  • 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 host universities in Australia, New Zealand and Europe

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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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Phillippa RichardsonMaster of Neuroscience, 2016

Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4).
GCE A-Level AAA including Chemistry and one further science subject.
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to 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 allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will receive additional scrutiny during confirmation of results.
A- level additional information A level science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AA from 2 A levels including Chemistry and one further science subject and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. A level science subjects considered include Biology, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. General Studies, Critical Thinking are excluded for entry.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass with overall score of 36 points, with 18 points at Higher Level, including 6 points at Higher Level in Chemistry and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

Acceptable science subjects considered include Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at ILC Grade C or 04, the equivalent of GCSE grade C/grade 4.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2016) AAAAAA to include Chemistry and one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects considered include Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at ILC Grade C or 04, the equivalent of GCSE grade C/grade 4.
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3, D3, D3 to include Chemistry and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) D* in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA in A Level Chemistry and one further science subject. We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AA grades in A Level Chemistry and one further science subject.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) D* in the BTEC Extended Certificate plus AA in A Level Chemistry and one further science subject. We do not accept the BTEC National Diploma/ BTEC National Extended Diploma without two AA grades in A Level Chemistry and one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects are Chemistry, Human Biology Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
European Baccalaureate offer 82%-84% overall to include grade 8.5 in Chemistry and grade 8.5 in one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects considered include Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components.

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE Grades A*- C in English, mathematics and science. International students whose first language is not English must have already attained the necessary standard in English, such as 6.5 in IELTS.
 GCE A-level AAA Chemistry must be offered at A level 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.
International Baccalaureate requirements 36 points, 18 at higher level, which includes two science subjects one of which must be higher level chemistry.
Selection process:
Intake:
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International applications

The University’s general admission requirements, including information for overseas/European applicants can be found on the International part of our website.

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: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/biosci/undergraduate/courses.page?

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: ugapply@soton.ac.uk

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.

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
BIOL1007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory
BIOL1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM1039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
BIOL1008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory
BIOL1006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
BIOL2014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory
BIOL2010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
BIOL2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
BIOL2017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXY15 - Part 2 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

PSYC2025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

Take section on project modules from MBioMedical Sci.

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 (BIOL3059, 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
Compulsory
BIOL3021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
BIOL3001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3037Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3054Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3063Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Optional
BIOL3018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3048Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 4

Semester One
Compulsory
BIOL6013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
BIOL6078Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6084Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Semester Two
Compulsory
BIOL6013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
BIOL6084Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional
BIOL6022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6080Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Master of NeuroscienceMNeurosci2019Full-time£9,250£20,970
Master of NeuroscienceMNeurosci2020Full-time£9,250£21,580
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The John W Caddwick Neuroscience Scholarship

The John W Caddwick Neuroscience Scholarship is available to all MSci Neuroscience students who are in their penultimate year of study. The aim of the scholarship is to help students explore their passion for neuroscience and to support those with an ambition to pursue a career in neuroscience research. The recipient of this scholarship will undertake a paid internship within the Southampton Neurosciences Group (SoNG) where they will conduct an independent research project, before presenting their project at the annual SoNG conference.

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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:

List of additional costs for this course
TypeDescriptionCost
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 www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk 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: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?£0.05-1.00

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

TypeDescription
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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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.

Administration

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%

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