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MSc Neuroscience

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

History of the Programme


June 2015

The Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute opened on the Denmark Hill campus. This is a unique cluster of 250 scientists and clinicians working together to fast-track new treatments for patients affected by disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, epilepsy and stroke, while strengthening the College’s portfolio of internationally recognised brain research.

September 2014

The Institute of Psychiatry was renamed the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN). The change of name is in response to the bringing together of neuroscientists to the Institute from the School of Biomedical Sciences, the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology and the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases (CARD)
An additional optional module on Neural stem cells and nervous system repair delivered by the Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience and the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases was introduced.

August 2014

The Departments of Neuroscience and Clinical Neuroscience merged with Professor Chris Shaw becoming the Head of the new Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience. The merger is in preparation for the laboratories moving into the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute and the Institute becoming the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (see above).

September 2011

Two further specialised modules were introduced: Behavioural Genetics (now Psychiatric Genetics), provided by the MRC Centre for Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP), and Cognitive Neuroscience, provided by the Department of Psychology

September 2010

A specialised module on Functional Neuroanatomy and Tractography was introduced (now Brain connectivity and Tractography).  This focuses on the applications of Diffusion Tensor Imaging to investigate changes in central pathways during development and in some psychiatric conditions

September 2009

The structure of the taught part of the MSc was changed from 4 compulsory modules to 3 compulsory modules and a choice of one from 5 specialised modules

March 2008

Coursework essays submitted online through Moodle to Turnitin

September 2007

The programme changed its virtual learning environment from WebCT to Moodle

March 2007

The programme had its periodic review from the College Teaching Committee (the last was in March 2002). The report drew attention to the following commendable aspects of the programme:

  1. the programme is technologically advanced, and constantly looking towards further innovation.
  2. the recording of lectures [is] invaluable for students as they can access them, and use them for revision at any time.
  3. the project allocation [is] handled well with project launch, and flexibility of topics.
September 2006

All the programme material is now available within WebCT. Also, the lectures are now being recorded live and being made available to students on the programme as "Flash with audio" presentations within WebCT.

September 2005

The programme was modularised in anticipation of the introduction of a credit framework by the College in September 2008.

February 2005

The programme began to pilot WebCT, a virtual learning environmnent.

October 2003

Students provided with lecture material on CD as well as on the web.

March 2002

The programme was reviewed by King's College Teaching Committee and received an enthusiastic report.

Oct 2001

The MSc Neuroscience website was launched. The programme information and lecture timetable became publicly available and, at the same time, the lecture material was put onto an intranet.

August 1997

The Institute became a school of King's College London.


The programme severed its official links with the Institutes of Neurology and Ophthalmology (now part of University College London) following the affiliation of the Institute of Psychiatry with King's College London and the abolition of the British Postgraduate Medical Federation (BPMF).


Merger of the Departments of Biochemistry and Pharmacology into a Department of Neuroscience headed by Prof. Brian Anderton. The programme had gradually expanded the breadth of subjects taught and it became the MSc in Neuroscience. It admitted 12 full-time students in the first year (see the advertisement placed in the New Scientist).


The programme became a Joint MSc in Neurochemistry, run jointly by the three Institutes with most of the teaching taking place at the Institute of Psychiatry (see the advertisement placed in the New Scientist).


The University of London approved the change to a 9 month long programme in Neurochemistry, which included contributions from the Institutes of Neurology and Ophthalmology. These Institutes, together with the Institute of Psychiatry, were members of the British Postgraduate Medical Federation (BPMF).


The course was expanded to 2 weeks and offered as a programme in 'Biochemistry and the Central Nervous System'.


The Department of Biochemistry, under the then Head, Prof. Henry McIlwain, began offering an intensive one-week practical course in Neurochemistry. The course was immediately popular and was oversubscribed each year.