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 at least twice 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.
I was looking for a Masters after I finished my undergraduate degree in Medicine. Everyone told me that the IoP 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 supervising a project to the field of work 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 intend to stay in research, hopefully somewhere down the line medical research.
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.
What attracted me to the programme was the ability to specialise in the region of neuroscience which most interested me. Lectures are given by experts in their respective fields who are involved in cutting-edge research, and we are provided with up-to-date information on what is known, something which is important in this rapidly progressing field! The highlight of the MSc for me would have to be the extensive research project. It offers an opportunity to work alongside these well renowned supervisors and to experience what it is like to work in a dynamic research lab. The experience holds you in good stead to pursue a career in research.
Being based at the heart of London gives you the opportunity to experience a wide range of cultures and is a great place to meet new people and socialise. I would recommend King’s to any student pursuing an MSc in Neuroscience.
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 several 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"