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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    MSc: Minimum 2 years, maximum 6 years. PG Dip: Minimum 16 months, maximum 4 years.

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    03 October 2018

Course content

Sign up to the King's Postgraduate Health & Life Sciences Open Evening - Wednesday 21 November 2018

Neuroscience is an exciting and emerging discipline which seeks to understand the most complex organ in the body - the nervous system. Neuroscience is a modern, multidisciplinary subject. As such, it draws together knowledge and expertise from many areas of science, from molecular biology up to the psychological study of the mind.

This innovative qualification from King’s is taught 100% online over two years, and is therefore designed to fit around your work and life commitments. This postgraduate course will allow you to apply your neuroscience knowledge to real world settings. From the research lab to marketing and games design, the application of neuroscience has the potential to deepen your understanding of how the brain and the nervous system serves to drive our every thought, sensation and emotion.

Key Benefits

  • The IoPPN at King’s at is Europe’s largest centre for research and postgraduate education in psychiatry, psychology and basic and clinical neuroscience.
  • Based on the same site as the world-famous Maudsley Hospital, our links with industry ensure that we remain at the forefront of research and healthcare delivery.
  • 100% of our research impact and research environment has been rated world-leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
  • Learn from high profile academics who are leaders in their field.
  • Six entry points throughout the year, 100% online and taught part-time over two years, so you can balance study alongside work and life commitments.
  • All you need is a computer and an internet connection.
  • Achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in 16 months and an MSc in two years.
  • With small class sizes, you benefit from close instructor interaction and collaboration with other students from everywhere in the world.
  • The 100% online Applied Neuroscience Postgraduate Diploma and MSc programme allows you to benefit from an innovative and contemporary curriculum, whilst learning from our world-leading scientists.

Studying Applied Neuroscience MSc at King’s is ideal for people who either:

  • Already come from a neuroscience or psychology background and wish to extend their knowledge and skills, and progress their career within this field.
  • Do not necessarily have a science background, but wish to apply neuroscience knowledge to their field of work.
  • Are looking to progress into research.
  • Want to progress to a PhD or DClinPsy.
  • Appreciate the flexibility of having six entry points throughout the year. 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.


The Applied Neuroscience MSc programme provides a comprehensive and integrated exploration of our current understanding of the neuroscientific field, and will provide opportunities for students to develop specific interests in the applied neuroscience areas of psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases, neuroimaging and how neuroscience can impact society.

This 100% online neuroscience master’s programme draws upon the wealth of research, education and clinical expertise and experience across the world-renowned Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN).

From this course you will: 

  • Gain a solid foundation of concepts and theories underpinning our current understanding of the neuroscientific and psychological foundations of mental health.
  • Explore basic neuroscience techniques, and how they are used to study disease mechanisms and help improve treatments.
  • Gain an understanding of how the brain develops, how it works and how this can relate to mental health problems by studying anatomy, wiring and the cellular makeup of the brain.
  • Learn about the latest, cutting edge neuroscientific research being carried out at the IoPPN.
  • Explore the psychological and neuroscientific basis of key mental health diagnoses.
  • Develop an understanding of how studies on gene and proteins through to cells and neural networks can be used to understand the mechanisms underpinning neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric diseases.
  • Understand how technological advances and cross-disciplinary expertise can enhance our understanding of brain function and aid treatment development.
  • Get an insight into the ways neuroscience impacts social problems and behaviours.
  • Acquire core research-related skills using materials and learning materials within the context of the applied neuroscience (MSc only).
  • Select two 15-credit optional modules depending on your area of interest.


The programme is delivered entirely online. There are video lectures, coursework including critical appraisal of published work, essays and abstracts and self-directed learning activities. Assessment will include discussion board participation, multiple choice question and short answer questions examinations.


Biological Foundations of Mental Health

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Techniques in Neuroscience

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Psychological Foundations of Mental Health

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Mental Health in the Community

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Contemporary Advances in Neuroscience

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Neurodevelopmental Disorders: From Bench to Bedside

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Research Skills: Research Integrity & Ethics

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Research Skills: Reviewing & Critical Analysis

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Research Skills: Methods & Procedures

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

Research Skills: Analysis and Reporting

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars/tutorials (15 hours)

For a list of optional modules please see


You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by:

Two multiple choice examinations (40%) 

Short essay examination (50%)

Discussion board participation (10%) 

Extra information

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Career prospects

At King’s, you’ll enter into one of the world’s most competitive student bodies and join a legacy of graduates that are sought out by some of the leading employers in the field.

The Applied Neuroscience MSc will:

  • open up opportunities within research, or progress to PhD
  • provide transferable skills and knowledge that can benefit a number of career paths
  • provide a solid set of transferable research skills such as analysis, report writing, reviewing and critical appraisal
  • expand career opportunities within clinical psychology.

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Visit the Applied Neuroscience - MSc / PG Dip (Distance Learning) page on the King’s College London website for more details!





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