University of Sussex

University of Sussex


This course is ideal for you if you have already studied neuroscience or a related discipline and wish to specialise and strengthen your knowledge of the subject, or if you have an excellent academic record and wish to move to neuroscience from another field. This course offers a wide choice of advanced lectures and seminars focusing on contemporary research, allows you to gain experience in a wide range of current techniques, and the project gives you up to six months' experience of research work. This programme is taught by academics from the School of Life Sciences, the School of Psychology, the Department of Informatics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Studies, bringing together over 50 Sussex Neuroscience research groups.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in a relevant area.

Course modules

Autumn term: advanced techniques in neuroscience; life sciences master of science research proposal. Spring term: current topics in neuroscience; Spring and Summer terms: life sciences master of science research project. Throughout the year, students choose additional options from advanced research methods in psychology; computational neuroscience; development of the nervous system; drug addiction and its treatment; endocrinology and disease; ethics, philosophy and methods of research; foundations of neuroscience; functional magnetic resonance imaging; genome stability, genetic diseases and cancer; intelligence in animals and machines; introduction to genes and biochemistry; linear models in statistics; mathematics and computational methods for complex systems; molecular genetics; molecular pharmacology; neuronal plasticity and gene regulation; neuronal transduction and transmission; neuroscience of consciousness; social neuroscience; structure and function in the brain; topics in cognitive neuroscience.

Assessment methods

The taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods including term papers, presentations and unseen examinations. The project is assessed by a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

For DPhil research degrees, studentships are awarded by the Research Councils, as well as special studentships earmarked for specific projects; EU and UK students are eligible for these; additional studentships from the Wellcome Trust, and Graduate Teaching Assistantship bursaries from Sussex may be available for DPhil research students; as part of a structured postgraduate training programme, opportunities to demonstrate and to tutor undergraduates are available to suitably qualified graduate students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 17,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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