Neuroscience

Our MSc Neuroscience course will give you the opportunity to get actively involved in two neuroscience research projects through research placements.

This will allow you to join first class research groups and gain first-hand experience of the day-to-day operation of a neuroscience laboratory.

Neuroscience research at Manchester is diverse, ranging from the molecular processes of neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative disease to the neuronal clocks responsible for the circadian rhythms and the theoretical and experimental study of how networks of neurons implement brain functions such as sensory processing and motor control.

You will also benefit from being exposed to neuroscience research seminars, in which internationally renowned experts present their recent findings.

Special features

Interactive learning

You will learn through research projects, seminars, workshops and small group tutorials rather than a traditional lecture-based format, making for a more interactive approach to learning.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including tutorials, workshops, seminars and research placements.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using:

  • written reports on your research projects and tutorials
  • oral presentations
  • written assignments
  • posters
  • multiple choice exams
  • critical assessment of literature
  • online statistics exercises.

Course unit details

The course starts in September and runs for 12 months. You require 180 credits to complete the course, of which:

  • 120 credits are project based
  • 60 credits are from transferable skills units

Transferable skills

60 credits are achieved through completion of activities that develop your transferable skills in essential areas such as laboratory skills, experimental design, statistics, bioethics (included in the tutorial and workshop unit) and science communication.

Experimental Design and Statistics runs at the start of the year to prepare you for your research projects. Elements of the other units run throughout the year alongside your research project.

  • Experimental Design and Statistics(15 credits)
  • Tutorial and Workshop(15 credits)
  • Science Communication (15 credits)
  • Laboratory Skills (15 credits)

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

  • Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
  • Tutorial and Workshop BIOL60210 15 Mandatory
  • Scientific Communication BIOL60330 15 Mandatory
  • Statistics & Experimental Design BIOL65161 15 Mandatory
  • Research Project 1 BIOL66121 30 Mandatory
  • Research Project 2 BIOL66132 90 Mandatory
  • Laboratory Skills Unit MEDN66111 15 Mandatory

Course overview

  • Spend most of your time working on original neuroscience research projects, gaining the skills you need for a research career.
  • Learn through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and research placements rather than traditional lectures.
  • Study at a university ranked 7th in the UK for Biological Sciences (QS World University Rankings 2020).

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days.

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent :

  • biological sciences
  • medical sciences

With sufficient evidence of relevant units taken related to neuroscience.

We are generally unable to consider applicants with an undergraduate degree in psychology due to the lab skills required for this course.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £12,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £26,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

 

Course Website  
( https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/08173/msc-neuroscience/ )

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