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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.


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.  

Required Modules

The course is divided into taught and research modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Students on this course are required to take: 

Optional Modules

In addition, students take 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Research modules

The research component will allow students to gain training and experience in hypothesis-driven academic research. Students also take 60 credits from a range of research modules that may typically include:

  • C Neuroscience (60 credits)
  • C1 Research project in Psychiatric Genetics (60 credits)
  • C3 Research project in Developmental Neurobiology (60 credits)
  • C4 Research project in Neurodegeneration (60 credits)

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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Visit the Neuroscience MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!