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Neuroscience MSc

Get actively involved in neuroscience research and join leading researchers to gain first-hand experience of the operation of neuroscience laboratories.

Neuroscience Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Why is this course for me?

  • You want to study a research focused master’s course where you will spend the majority of your time working on original research projects and learn through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and research placements.
  • You want to gain extensive research experience and professional skills in the field of bioscience.
  • You are considering moving on to doctoral and research degree programmes or developing a future career in the bioscience industry.
  • We ranked fourth in the UK for biological sciences (REF 2014).
Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second class honours degree in the United Kingdom, or the overseas equivalent, in a biological or medical sciences discipline with sufficient evidence in relevant modules taken. Exceptional applicants with a 2:2 with some research experience or equivalence would also be considered. We are generally unable to consider applicants with an undergraduate degree in psychology due to the lab skills required for this course.

Full entry requirements

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Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 306 5439
How to apply

Apply online

Please note we require the following documents before we can consider your application:

Transcript of your studies to date, translated into English

Two academic references on letter headed paper. These can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to . We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referees know how to provide your reference to us.

Degree certificate (if you have already graduated)

Personal statement or statement of purpose

Curriculum vitae (CV) 

If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

“The MSc Neuroscience course gives you the opportunity to work with leading research labs across a wide range of subjects relating to the development, structure and function of the brain and wider nervous system. As a result, this course will allow you to acquire a large number of new research skills during your two lab projects.”

Hilary Ashe / Course Director

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

This programme will offer you the opportunity to get actively involved in two neuroscience research projects, through your research placements. This will allow you to join first class research groups and gain first-hand experience of the day-to-day operation of neuroscience laboratory. Neuroscience research at the University of Manchester is rather diverse, spanning from the molecular processes of neuroinflammation, to neurodegenerative disease, the neuronal clocks responsible for the circadian rhythms, to the theoretical and experimental study of how networks of neurons implement brain functions such as sensory processing and motor control. You will also benefit from being exposed to the Neuroscience Research Seminars, in which internationally renowned experts present their recent findings.

This is a research focused master's course. We do not teach Neuroscience using a traditional lecture-based format; instead we use an interactive approach where you learn through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and during your research placements.



For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £13,000
    International students (per annum): £23,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.