MSc Neuroscience & Mental Health

Key facts

  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Study with us

  • study how the nervous system works from molecules to cells to functional networks and high-order cognition
  • develop an understanding of in vivo models, plus cutting-edge techniques and technologies used in neuroscience research and drug development
  • gain the ability to conduct independent research and also to work as part of a team, with an appreciation of other disciplines’ contribution to drug discovery, development and delivery for neurological and mental health conditions
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Why this course?

Studying a Masters in Neuroscience & Mental Health at the University of Strathclyde, you'll be learning at an award-winning academic institution. A 5-star QS-rated university, we were named Times Higher Education University of the Year 2019 - the only university to win the award twice.

The MSc Neuroscience & Mental Health has been designed to build both a strong knowledge-base and a clear understanding of the practicalities involved in research, drug discovery and development of therapeutic interventions for disorders of the nervous system - with a strong focus on ethics, in vivo skills, entrepreneurship, experimental design and practical lab skills.

With one person being diagnosed with dementia every 3 minutes in the UK, plus an ageing population and no current treatment options other than symptom management, there is a huge, increasing need for skilled graduates in this field.

During this Masters course you'll:

  • develop an understanding of in vivo models, plus cutting-edge techniques and technologies used in neuroscience research and drug development
  • gain the ability to conduct independent research and also to work as part of a team, with an appreciation of other disciplines’ contribution to drug discovery, development and delivery for neurological and mental health conditions
  • will gain confidence in transferable skills and be effective independent lifelong learners

Abstract image of a brain cell

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner
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Course content

Core Neuroscience (10 credits)

Students will follow an intensive, thorough overview of fundamental aspects of neuroscience – from molecules and millivolts, through cell-types and interactions to networks and functional outputs.

Advanced Techniques in In Vivo Biology (10 credits)

Students will receive training in animal research methods, ethics and practical skills including Home Office Personal Licence.

Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Commercialisation (10 credits)

Students will develop an understanding of various aspects of bio-business.

Functions of the Nervous System (20 credits)

This module builds an in-depth understanding of normal neural functions – from the senses and motor systems through memory and learning to functions as complex as language and consciousness.

Advanced Topics in Biomedical Research

This module involves scientific writing, critiquing, project management and bioinformatics skills

Generic Biomedical Skills (20 credits)

This module embeds a thorough understanding of skills vital to the modern bioscientist, including research interpretation and critical analysis, data presentation and statistical analyses, ethics and experimental design.

Disorders of the Nervous System (20 credits)

This module will be an in-depth exploration of the various diseases and disorders that can affect brain function – from neurodegenerative diseases to developmental disorders. Involvement of other physiological systems will be explored, as well as current pharmaceutical approaches and areas of potential development, along with an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities for pharmaceutical formulation and delivery to the brain.

Advanced Techniques in Biomedical Research (20 credits)

This module consolidates and extends practical laboratory and data presentation skills.

Research project (60 credits)

Students will undertake a 10-week research project over the summer within one of our neuroscience research groups. The research specialisations of these groups currently include brain cell function and signalling; systems neuroscience; how the brain operates and becomes dysfunctional in disease; Alzheimer’s disease; cognitive and hearing disorders; multiple sclerosis; stroke and schizophrenia. We utilise techniques including:

  • behavioural studies
  • biomaterials
  • circuit mapping
  • electrophysiology
  • functional genomics
  • genetic engineering
  • imaging
  • immunomodulation
  • machine learning
  • network modelling
  • optogenetics
  • stem cells
  • tissue engineering

Learning and Teaching

Modes of delivery: the course can either be taken over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, in-person on campus. Teaching will be a mixture of lectures (primarily teacher-led with some student interaction), tutorials and workshops (with small group activities that are primarily student-led, guided by teacher) and practical classes (including group work and presentation of results). Class materials and suggestions for additional reading and online resources will be lodged on the class web-pages for students to access and review in their own time.

Assessment

The course will be assessed by written examinations, written reports, oral presentations and moderated peer assessments; formative and summative approaches are taken in different aspects of the course.

The project is assessed by means of: performance (20%), a thesis (60%), and an oral presentation (20%) prepared and submitted at the end of the project time.

The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019.
QS Stars, Rated for Excellence 2019 - 5 stars.
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 - Scottish University of the Year.
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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Second-class Honours Degree (or international equivalent) in a biological science.

English language requirements

A minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5), or equivalent.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

£10,100

Rest of UK

£10,100

International

£22,350

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Careers

Our MSc Neuroscience & Mental Health students can go on to have careers in:

  • academia (research and teaching)
  • clinical sciences
  • biotechnology and contract research
  • pharmaceutical industries
  • neuropsychology and psychiatry
  • regulatory affairs, policy and research administration
  • science communication, museum work and public engagement
  • publishing or the media

Related fields

In addition to these careers, neuroscience is being applied to many other specialist fields, for example:

  • neuroethics - the social, legal and ethical consequences of advances in brain research
  • neuroeconomics - risk-taking and decision making that influence business and the economy
  • neurotechnology - combining engineering and IT with neuroscience

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Neuroscience and Mental Health

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

Neuroscience and Mental Health

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

Neuroscience and Mental Health

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Delivery: full-time

Neuroscience and Mental Health

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5147

Email: science-masters@strath.ac.uk