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Neuroscience (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Highfield and University Hospital Southampton
Next course starts
September 2024

About this course

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

This course is ideal if you want to pursue a career in neuroscience or work in the neuro-pharmaceutical industry, or are interested in further study.

Learn about brain function and dysfunction, and gain experience in some of the latest experimental neuroscience techniques. You’ll learn from neuroscience researchers at the forefront of their specialisms and gain a breadth of knowledge in experimental, applied and translational neuroscience.

Key areas of your learning include advanced human neuroanatomy, and neuronal and glial physiology in health and disease. This is complemented by research focused, experimental workshops covering:

  • neuro-drug discovery
  • model organisms in neurological disease
  • dementia research including iPSC-models and neuropathological studies
  • neural networks
  • behavioural neurosciences
  • cell and molecular neurobiology
  • interdisciplinary neuroscience

You’ll carry out an individual research-based project, in one of 14 research labs in our purpose-built Life Sciences building. Themes could include anything from circadian biology, ageing processes and synaptic physiology to dementia research, neuroinflammation and translational research.

You can choose optional modules such as:

  • critiques on current research seminars
  • neuroimaging
  • critical thinking

There's also an exciting opportunity to attend a national or international neuroscience conference.

If you have already studied a Biological Sciences undergraduate degree at the University of Southampton, we would recommend that you contact the programme team prior to applying to the programme to discuss the compulsory/optional modules of the programme in more detail.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

Dr Mariana Vargas-Caballero is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southampton. Her research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of neuronal function and synaptic plasticity and how these are affected by neurological disease. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2015. Visit Dr. Vargas-Caballero profile page to learn more about her work.

“This master’s degree was both all-encompassing on the course content, whilst delving into advanced concepts. There's a much stronger emphasis on applying this knowledge into a research context. All MSc students were fully integrated into established lab groups.”
Jonathan Masters, 2019 graduate

Course locations

This course is based at Highfield and University Hospital Southampton.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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