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MSc Neuroscience

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

Assessment Criteria

All assessed material is double-marked and, except for that related to the Research Projects (modules C1-C8), is marked blind; Grade level descriptors for the assessed components of the programme can be seen at Grade descriptors.

 

Module Credits %
Module A1
consists of 1 x 2.5h written examination (60%) and 1 coursework essay (40%)
30 ~16.7
Module A2
consists of 1 x 2.5h written examination (60%) and 1 coursework essay (40%)
30 ~16.7
Module A3
consists of 1 x 2.5h written examination (60%) and 1 coursework essay (40%)
30 ~16.7
Modules B1 - B8
consists of 1 x 2.5h written examination (50%) and an analysis of a research paper (50%)
30 ~16.7
Modules C1 - C8
Research report (60%), laboratory notebook (20%) and poster presentation (20%)
60 ~33.3

 

Three categories of grades are awarded (with no module grade lower than 40%):

Pass:
Overall weighted average mark of 50% - 59%.

Pass with Merit:
This grade requires a weighted average mark of between 60% and 69%.

Pass with Distinction
This level requires a weighted average mark of 70% - 100%.

Exit Award:
A Postgraduate Diploma in Neuroscience is available as an exit award only in cases where students must obtain 120 credits. A Postgraduate Certificate in Neuroscience is available as an exit award only in cases where students must obtain 60 or 90 credits.

Acceptance of late coursework

The penalty for work submitted up to 24 hours after the deadline will be 'mark capped at the pass mark'. Late submission after 24 hours will be marked at zero. If there are legitimate reasons to apply for an extension for any assignment (essay and/or exam), you should contact the Programme Administrator with the Mitigating Circumstances Form. There are specific deadlines to submit this form, please read the information given in the following link for the details: Mitigating circumstances form (MCF).

Reassessment

The programme allows one Condoned Fail for marks between 40%-49% (F+). A re-sit is only available to students who fail two or more modules. In that case, the student re-sit one of the modules.

If a student fails with a mark less than 40%, they will need to re-sit the module since grades between the range of 0-39% are not eligible for Condoned Fail.

The table below shows the circumstances under which a student may pass the MSc with a Condoned Fail or may be required to re-sit a failed element of a module in order to successfully complete the MSc.

 

Taught modules (1-4)
(30 credits each)
Research module (5)
(60 credits)
Grade
4 modules ≥ 50% module ≥ 50% Pass or higher grade
3 modules ≥ 50%, 1 module 40-49% module ≥ 50% Pass or higher grade with a condoned fail
2 modules ≥ 50%, 2 modules 40-49% module ≥ 50% Option to sit failed elements in one module; module grade capped at 50%