MSc Molecular Neuroscience
The programme provides intensive training in the neurosciences as they relate to the physiologic function and behaviour of the organism. It builds on the broad research strengths of recognised scientists, particularly in basic and clinical neuroscience, molecular and cell biology, neuroendocrinology, behaviour, neurodegeneration and stress. Guest lecturers from other universities bring their specialist and advanced knowledge to the programme.
Throughout the programme, basic principles will be taught and illustrated in the context of various brain diseases, including psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. A practical and a research project will give you valuable experience in experimental neuroscience, while tutorials and presentations will also help to develop your communication skills.
The MSc will appeal to graduates looking to progress to PhD study as well as those with medical training who want to diversify into research. You could also move on to a career in industry, the health service, science communication or clinical trials coordination.
Part-time study is available, but this needs to be discussed with the programme director.
The MSc Molecular Neuroscience programme consists of six taught units (each 20 credit points) and a research project (60 credit points). The taught units cover the following topics: Foundations of Neuroscience, Cell Signalling, Gene Expression in the Brain, Neuroendocrinology, Neurodegeneration: Symptoms, molecular mechanisms and therapies, and Integrative Molecular Neuroscience. During the research project, the student will engage in original research and will write a dissertation and present their research findings during a research colloquium.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Molecular Neuroscience.
An upper second-class (or, exceptionally, a lower second-class) honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject (for example, a biological, health or related science subject, medicine or psychology).
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level E.
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £11,300 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £5,650 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £24,900 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
£2,100. Further information about bench fees can be found on our webpages. Confirmation of bench fees will be stated in the offer letter sent to applicants.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2023/24
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
The MSc Molecular Neuroscience can open up a number of different career paths. Many graduates of the programme have secured PhD studentships in the UK or in other parts of the world, including the US, Australia and Germany. This often leads to a career in research or academia (for example, as a research assistant or research associate, teaching fellow, lecturer).
Other graduates have gone on to a career in industry, scientific writing or clinical trial coordination. Some graduates have gone into medicine studies after completing the programme. Staff are available to discuss prospective career pathways with students who undertake this MSc.
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