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 givesyou 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: Neuroscience research plan; autumn and spring terms: Advanced techniques in neuroscience; spring and summer terms: Life sciences Master of Science project; summer term: Current topics in neuroscience. Throughout the year, you choose 4 options from a list including: Adaptive systems; advanced research methods in psychology; artificial life; computational neuroscience; drug addiction and its treatment; ethics, philosophy and methods of research; functional magnetic resonance imaging; intelligence in animals and machines; linear models in statistics; machine learning; neural networks; neuroscience of consciousness; social neuroscience; topics in cognitive neuroscience. Other options may be available to you, particularly if you are moving to neuroscience from another discipline.

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 Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 1 calendar years
MSc Full-time £ 17,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 calendar years

Campus details

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

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 877440