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Brain and Mind Sciences - MSc

Course Description

This international programme is offered by three of Europe's most prestigious centres of research and teaching in cognitive studies and neuroscience: UCL, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, and Ecole Normale Superieure. Students design an individualised programme of study, exploring multidisciplinary perspectives.

Degree information

Students develop an understanding of the cognitive sciences and neurosciences, and how mechanisms operating at the molecular, cell, network and system level affect normal brain function. They gain a working knowledge of modern methods for scientific and clinical investigation of the human nervous system, along with exposure to leading-edge research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits in the first year of the programme at UCL.

The programme consists of up to six taught modules (at 15- or 30-credit weighting to a total value of 90 credits) a library project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core modules
-Library Project (30 Credits)
-Research Project (60 Credits)

Optional modules - choose modules from the following:
-Clinical Neuroscience MSc
-Neuroscience MSc
-Neuroscience, Language and Communication MSc
-Speech and Hearing Sciences MSc
-Philosophy MA
-Neuromuscular Diseases
-Cognitive and Decision Sciences MSc
-Cognitive Neuroscience MSc
-Linguistics MA
-Advanced Neuroimaging MSc
-Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Neuroscience) MSc
-Stroke Medicine MSc

All students undertake a library project which is assessed by a 5,000-word essay, and a laboratory research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation and oral examination.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Lectures are supported by audio-visual aids and supplementary materials, including hand-outs, reading-lists and references to original papers and/or reviews. Assessment is through coursework, examination, a 5000-word library project and the research dissertation and oral examination.


Students will graduate with a Master's from UCL, and an international university diploma (Master's level) from UPMC/ENS. Upon successful completion of the two-year joint MSc programme, students will be able to embark upon a successful career in their chosen field of research into the expression of human behaviour and its biological substrate.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-MSc Brain and Mind Sciences, University of Pierre and Marie Curie, London.
-MSc Brain and Mind Sciences, UPMC (University in Paris.
-MSc in Brain and Mind Sciences.
-Intern at the INSERM, Research Assistant, INSERM and studying MSc in Brain and Mind Sciences, ENS/ UCL.
-Research Degree: Institute of Neurology, University College London (UCL).

Students will design their own curriculum in both London and Paris, tailoring their studies to their own area of interest. The individualised nature of the programme attracts intellectually mature students who are confident enough to define their own research path. The opportunity to undertake original research in two centres of excellence makes the successful student more attractive to potential PhD supervisors, as evidenced by the fact that 90% of graduating students go on to full time doctoral studies.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students on this programme benefit not only from the high-quality teaching and training available through the UCL Institute of Neurology, but also through our partners in Paris.

The programme is two years in length, with the first year spent in London and the second in Paris. Students will undertake two distinct research projects.

Visit the Brain and Mind Sciences - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in neuroscience or related biological science (e.g. physiology, psychology, biochemistry); or a medical degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. If you have not studied basic cellular neuroscience in your undergraduate degree, you will be required to do an introductory module during the first year of studies. Be able to follow a postgraduate curriculum in both the French and English languages as the programme involves a year of study in London and a year of study in Paris.

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