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Molecular Neuroscience MSc

Course Description

The programme provides intensive training in the neurosciences as they relate to the physiologic function and behaviour of the organism. It builds on the broad research strengths of recognised scientists, particularly in basic and clinical neuroscience, molecular and cell biology, neuroendocrinology, behaviour, neurodegeneration and psychopharmacology. Guest lecturers from other universities bring their specialist and advanced knowledge to the programme.

Throughout the programme, basic principles will be taught and illustrated in the context of various brain diseases, including psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. A practical and a research project will give you valuable experience in experimental neuroscience. Importantly, tutorials and presentations will also help to develop your communication skills.

This programme is organised by the School of Clinical Sciences and is housed in the state-of-the-art Dorothy Hodgkin Building with dedicated MSc facilities.

The MSc will be of interest to those with a medical training who want to diversify into research, and to science graduates who wish to develop their knowledge and skills before embarking on a doctoral research programme. While part-time study is available, this needs to be discussed with the programme director.

Programme structure

-Foundations of Neuroscience
-Cell Signalling
-Gene Expression in the Brain
-Neurodegeneration: Symptoms, Molecular Mechanisms and Therapies
-Integrative Molecular Neuroscience
-Research Project


The MSc in Molecular Neuroscience can open up a number of different career paths. Many graduates of the programme have secured PhD studentships here in the UK or in other parts of the world, including the US, Australia and Germany. This often leads to a career in research or academia (eg as a research assistant or research associate, teaching fellow, lecturer).

Other graduates have gone on to a career in industry, scientific writing or clinical trial co-ordination. Some graduates have gone into medicine studies after completing the course. Staff are available to discuss prospective career pathways with students who undertake the programme.

Visit the Molecular Neuroscience MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class (or exceptionally, a lower second-class) honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

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