Integrative Neuroscience MScR


Program Description

Research profile

The MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience is a one-year, full-time research programme covering all levels of modern neuroscience, which makes it an ideal programme to prepare you for a PhD.

We include molecular, cellular, systems, regenerative, cognitive, clinical and computational neuroscience. We also allow you to choose your speciality right from the start, allowing you to shape your learning around your interests and career goals.

Programme structure

You start with a taught component in the first 12 weeks and attend ‘themed weeks’ which run in parallel with elective courses.

The elective courses run during the first 12 weeks on two half-days per week. These will give you a deeper insight into the concepts and methodology of a specific field of interest.

For your research, you can choose available projects or contact principal investigators from more than 120 groups in the Edinburgh Neuroscience community to develop your own project, which can range from psychology to nanoscience.

You can decide to do two consecutive projects to gain a strong overview of research areas or do a longer project to get a more in-depth laboratory experience in one field.

Examples of completed projects are:

  • Axon Initial Segment plasticity in a mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome (Peter Kind)
  • Cognitive and motor functions in neurodegenerative diseases (Thomas Bak)
  • Interactions of amyloid-beta and tau in causing cognitive decline in a novel Alzheimer’s disease model (Tara Spires-Jones)
  • Role of primary cilia in the development of stem cells during development of the cerebral cortex (Thomas Theil)

Year 1

Compulsory courses

You must take these courses

  • Neuroimaging research for graduate neuroscientists NEME11040 10 credits
  • Review of Neuroscience NEBM11011 10 credits
  • Effective Presentations LISC11051 0 credits
  • Writing Up Science LISC11053 0 credits
  • Project Planning and Ethics in Scientific Research LISC11052 0 credits
  • Presenting Neuroscience Research Data NEBM11005 20 credits
  • Research Proposal (Neuroscience) NEBM11007 20 credits
  • Research Training (Neuroscience) NEBM11016 20 credits
  • Masters Dissertation (Neuroscience) Must be passed at 50% and taken during Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond NEBM11002 80 credits

Course options

Select exactly 20 credits of the following courses

Elective course availability will be subject to student numbers. While every attempt will be made to allocate students to their preferred elective course choices, where demand is high, we cannot guarantee this. Students should check course details for timetabling information and location as courses are taught at a number of sites across the University.

Selected courses must be taken during Semester 1

  • Neural Circuits NEBM11012 20 credits
  • Neurodegeneration and Regeneration NEBM11013 20 credits
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders NEBM11014 20 credits
  • Developmental Neurobiology NEBM11015 20 credits
  • CMVM Scientific Academic Writing TPGR11004 0 credits

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to help you with your research career. Over 90% of students on the MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience have positive next destinations, including PhD, research or clinical career paths.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological sciences (including neuroscience) or a medical, dental or veterinary degree.

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.

Fees and costs

Tuition Fee: Cardiovascular Biology (MSc by Research)

Academic Session Home/EU Overseas/International Online Distance Learning Additional Programme Costs
2019/0 £8,300 £26,600 £3,000

Annual tuition fee

Students on full-time and part-time programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that annual tuition fees are subject to revision and are typically increased by approximately 5% per annum. This annual increase should be taken into account when you are applying for a programme.

Scholarships and funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

How to apply

You must submit two references with your application.

When completing the online application form you are not required to complete a research proposal. You will select your first research project at the beginning of the programme. (Please ignore any automatically generated emails requesting this information from you during the application process.)

You will be formally interviewed (in person, by video-conferencing or Skype).

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