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MSc Neuroscience

at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London

Student feedback

Students have the opportunity to provide their views on the programme, the Institute and the facilities it provides at meetings of the MSc Neuroscience Programme Committee, which meets three times each year, and at meetings of the Students’ Forum, which meets termly, through their student representatives who are elected or selected by other students on the programme. Students are also members of King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) which can also provide confidential advice and support on a range of issues.

In addition to this, informal measures by which students can comment upon the operation of the programme are considered extremely valuable and are acted upon whenever practicable.

Student feedback on the teaching and content of courses is obtained through questionnaire which you will be asked to complete anonymously. Analysis of the questionnaires by the Programme Committee will allow your views to be integrated into the future development of the programme.

Student feedback also forms a large part of the annual monitoring process. All programmes are required to produce a report on the operation of the programme each year. As part of this report, it is expected that a summary of the feedback received from students is included, the mechanisms used for assimilating and processing students’ comments and also examples of how previous feedback from students has resulted in changes being made to the programme.

Comments from recent students

Ingrid - MBChB
The IoPPN at King’s College London was the obvious choice for me when deciding where to pursue further studies in neuroscience. The Institute’s research reputation as well as the MSc in Neuroscience’s focus on the common neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders made the programme really appeal to me. When I started the application process, the outstanding assistance I received from the Programme's Leader further reinforced my decision. I found the Fundamental Modules dense, challenging, and extremely interesting. Our lecturers were excellent and truly knowledgeable and comfortable in what they were teaching, and were always available to answer questions....> show more

Steven - BSc Psychology
I chose the IoPPN's MSc Neuroscience programme primarily for its emphasis on health research, and its acceptance of students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Whilst I found every aspect of the MSc enjoyable and useful, there are two main highlights that stand out to me when looking back at my experience. The first was the range of optional modules presented to students after completing the three fundamental modules. They covered topics such as neurodegeneration, neuro-imaging, and cognitive neuroscience. I chose a brand new module, 'Stem Cells and Nervous System Repair.' This module was expertly crafted and featured a number of lectures from scientists on the brink of cutting edge health research at KCL. I recall one lecturer in particular, Dr. Ivo Lieberam, who discussed his work using optogenetically modified cell implants, that one day may help ALS patients control their breathing....> show more

Angelique - BSc Psychology
I was attracted to the Neuroscience department at the Institute of Psychiatry by its great reputation and range of subjects coverered on the MSc programme. The course covered a myriad of topics concerning the workings of the nervous system, as well as giving us the chance to later specialise in the area we were most interested in through the optional module. I particularly enjoyed working on my project and becoming a real scientist!
The Neuroscience students were a great group. Even though there were around 80 of us, we all helped each other out and got along wonderfully....> show more


Sarmi - BSc Biochemistry
I chose this university because of the feedback I had received from previous students about the MSc Neuroscience programme as well as King’s outstanding reputation in both teaching and scientific research; I have never regretted my choice.
The MSc programme is well organised and gives you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of neuroscience as well as knowledge of recent developments within the field. We cover a broad range of topics from minute molecular pathways to gross anatomical anomalies, and apply them to clinical problems. Although the course is somewhat demanding, the interesting content and the immense help and support offered by the teaching staff makes it worthwhile....> show more


Hemanth - MBBS
I was looking for a Masters after I finished my undergraduate degree in Medicine. Everyone told me that the Institute of Psychiatry publishes a significant amount of high quality research in this field and that it was a really great place to get experience. I was stoked to get onto the programme!
For me coming from an Indian background, the best thing about the course was its flexibility. It‘s a very modular course and you have a choice about everything – from optional modules to choosing a research project in the field of work that you might want to go into. For me this was a real advantage as I came into the course not knowing exactly what I wanted to do.
I graduated from the course in 2012 and I am now starting a PhD at the Institute.

Update:Hemanth has now completed his PhD and has taken up a post-doctoral position in the Division of Medical Genetics, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center


Daniel - BSc Psychology
I decided to study for an MSc in Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry after completing a BSc in Psychology. I was attracted to this MSc because, unlike some other MSc Neuroscience programmes, it allows students from non-traditional backgrounds to make the transition to a different discipline. The programme is intense, especially for the first 3 or so months, because of the large number of lectures and topics covered, so it's important to stay on top of the work otherwise it is easy to fall behind. The lectures are taught by experts in their respective fields and they are passionate about their line of work. The lectures move quickly from basic to advanced topics; hence you learn both the fundamentals of neuroscience and the recent developments. All the lectures are recorded and put online which is an unbelievably helpful resource during revision....> show more

Priya - BSc Psychology
My fascination with the mind and brain led me to pursue an MSc in Neuroscience, at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College. With its world renowned reputation & excellent research publications, this busy hub was the right choice for me to begin a conversion from psychology to neuroscience. The course provided some taught foundations in biology and chemistry, which helped me even though I had science A levels. I found these lectures helpful refreshers & also did some of my own reading when the course commenced. Working clinically with psychiatric and neurological patients motivated my choice of the 'Neurodegeneration' module, which allowed for a neurochemical understanding of the etiology and treatments of Alzheimer's & Parkinson's disease among others. ...> show more


Lucy - BSc Physiotherapy
I carried out my research project within the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences as part of my MSc Neuroscience course. The Centre is a fantastic place to study; every member of staff is approachable and friendly, as well as knowledgeable and enthusiastic about sharing their research and expertise. The content of the imaging module I studied as part of my course was well structured and skillfully delivered and I felt well prepared for the practicalities of undertaking a neuroimaging project. ...> show more


Stephanie - BSc Psychology
The MSc Neuroscience covers a plethora of topics ranging from genetic influences on behaviour and animal models thereof through the biochemistry of signalling cascades to advanced cutting-edge imaging methods. The year long programme is a dense summary of neuroscience facets and is split into two parts. The taught module equips its students with theoretical knowledge on all topics relevant to the neurosciences (genetics, neurodegeneration, neurodevelopment, cognitive psychology etc.)....> show more


Byron - BSc Chemistry and MSc Medical Molecular Genetics
I decided to pursue the MSc Neuroscience course at The Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London because of the breadth of the syllabus and the University's reputation. Upon arrival the atmosphere was vibrant and student-friendly. Lecturers were approachable, encouraging and covered the respective modules with the latest scientific papers in their field. Assessment patterns were varied ranging from essays, tutorials, exams to poster and oral presentations. Intelligent input from fellow classmates resulted in stimulating intellectual exchange and made the study even more exciting. ...> show more



Other feedback

The following list gives examples of feedback from past-students who have mentioned the MSc in articles or from staff who have surveyed students as part of their Post Graduate Certificate of Academic Proficiency in Higher Education (PGCAPHE) programme.

  • Sandrine Thuret, is one of many lecturers on the programme who has obtained the PGCAPHE. As part of her studies, Sandrine carried out an anonymous on-line questionnaire on the use that the students were making of the lecture recordings.

    The survey was carried out during late February/early March 2008, part-way through the revision period between completion of the lectures and start of the written exams. Forty-five students responded out of a total of 50 full-time students and 12 part-time students.

    The students comments can be see here The full survey results are here

  • Read the comments of Dr Peter Aquino, a former medically-qualified student, in an article published in BMJ Careers
  • Jessica Cooke, a former part-time student who is currently studying for her PhD at Bristol University, was interviewed by Steve Mc Cormack for the Postgraduate section of the Independent newspaper. In the interview, Jessica states that the MSc was important in helping her get onto a PhD programme. In separate correspondence, she expanded on this as follows "the MSc was so important to me and of course helped me get on my PhD. It was by far the best MSc I could have chosen, it has helped so much"