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    Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Logo
  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years Please note that the part-time programme runs on alternate years, the next intake will be in September 2020.

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    15 January 2019

Course content

Find out more and join us at our Postgraduate Open Evening on 6th March 2019. Book your place now.

Explore theories behind neuroscience, compare real human brains from our brain bank and develop the professional skills you need for your career.  

On this course, we’ll cover the key areas of psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience and neurology. Then you’ll delve deeper into the area that interests you and carry out research with leading experts in the field.

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

Key benefits  

  • Join a diverse community – students join us from all over the globe and have a background in biomedical, psychology and more.  
  • Complete three core modules then pick a specialised pathway  
  • Study surrounded by the expertise and facilities of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, MRC Social & Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre, and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre 
  • Learn from experts in ADHD, genetics, personality disorders and more.  
  • Prepare for careers in research and medical, clinical, or pharmaceutical environments, as well as careers in policy making.

Please note that the two year part-time programme runs on alternate years. The next intake will be September 2020. 

Teaching  

You’ll never have to rely on a textbook at King’s. All of our teaching team carry out their own research, so you’ll always be up to speed with the latest thinking in the field.  

One day, you might be listening to someone who has recently given a TED talk on a ground-breaking topic. Another day, you might be listening to an academic who has just published a paper in a leading journal.  

We focus on developing your practical skills too. For example, you’ll examine human brains from our Brain Bank, comparing healthy and unhealthy examples. 

Description

Studied psychology, biomedical background, or just interested in the inner workings of the brain? This course is for anyone who wants to make ground-breaking discoveries in the field and develop practical skills for their future. 

At King’s, you’ll use cutting-edge facilities, work with leading researchers to solve complex challenges and be the first to hear about findings from our research centres.  

You’ll complete three core modules. Then pick a module that interests you (there’s around six to choose from) and apply your skills to a 20 week research project.  

If your research project is in the same subject area as your specialised module, you can graduate with an MSc Neuroscience in that speciality.  

“With growing problems, such as Alzheimer’s, effecting the entire population, we need people from across the globe to combine their experience and expertise.”   - Eamonn Walsh, Course Leader 

Course format and assessment

Format 

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, field work and self-study.

A1 Fundamental Neuroscience

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

A2 Fundamental Neuroscience

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

A3 Fundamental Neuroscience

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B1 Psychiatric Genetics Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3-5hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B Neuroscience Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3-5 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B3 Developmental Neurobiology Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3-5 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B4 Neurodegeneration Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3-5 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B5 Neuroimaging Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (2-5 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B6 Brain Networks and Tractography

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3-5hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B7 Cognitive Neuroscience Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3-5hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

B8 Neural Stem Cells and Nervous System Repair Research

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (3-5 hours) | Self-study time (257 hours) 

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment 

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

Full-time (one year)

Examination (46.7%) | Coursework (20%) | Practical (33.3%)

Part time (two years) 

Year 1 : Examination (60%) | Coursework (40%) | Practical (0%)

Year 2: Examination (3.3%) | Coursework (0%) | Practical (66.6%)

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change. 

Extra information

Other related courses

Neuroimaging 

Career prospects

You’ll graduate with specialised knowledge in a broad range of neuroscience topics. But you’ll also be prepared to deal with challenging situations in a broad range of sectors too. 

Many international students return to their home country to apply their skills to a career in neuroscience. Other graduates build careers in the UK working within research, scientific writing, clinical settings, and more. 

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