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MSc Neuroscience

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


MSc Neuroscience students at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) will study a block of three broad-based neuroscience modules during their first term. During the second term they will choose a further taught module on current research in one of six specialities, Psychiatric Genetics, Developmental Neurobiology, Neurodegeneration, Neuroimaging, Cognitive Neuroscience and Neural Stem Cells and Nervous System Repair (B2, the Addiction Biology module is not currently available and B6, the Brain Networks and Connectivity module, is now included in the B5 Neuroimaging module). The research project will occupy the third term. For further details see Programme Structure

These research-rich specialised taught modules and research projects will be offered by:

(i) neuroanatomy and neuropathology (ii) cell biology
(iii) neurotransmission (iv) cell signalling
(v) neurogenetics (vi) developmental neurobiology
(vii) neuronal plasticity (viii) neuroimmunology
(ix) systems neuroscience (x) addiction biology
(xi) neuropsychology of mental health (xii) neuroimaging
(xiii) neurodegeneration  

The changes are a response to rapid developments in molecular cell biology, genetics/genomics, proteomics and neuroimaging techniques that have led to a greater understanding of psychiatric and neurological diseases. While most students applying to the programme have a degree in a basic biomedical science, the programme attracts a much wider range of applicants. These include:

  • clinicians and psychologists eager to understand current knowledge and to apply it in their own research or practice and;
  • students with backgrounds in the physical sciences, mathematics or computing keen to develop, for example, more advanced methods of analysing data from neuroimaging and genetic studies.

The programme aims to provide students with a greater understanding of mechanisms underlying brain function in normal and pathological conditions that they can then pursue in either the laboratory or the clinic.