This programme will provide you with 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. You will benefit from guest lecturers who bring their specialist and advanced knowledge to the programme.

Throughout the programme, you will learn basic principles of neuroscience and research methodology as 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 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 may be possible but will depend on the student's individual availability for study. This option will first need to be discussed with the programme director.

Programme structure

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 topics such as fundamental principles in neuroscience, cell signalling, gene expression, neuroendocrine regulation, neurodegenerative disease, mental health and psychiatric disease, and contemporary research methods in neuroscience. During the research project, you will engage in original research and will write a dissertation and present your 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.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in biological, health or related science subject, medicine or psychology. Examples of acceptable degrees: Neuroscience, Psychology, Medical Science, Medicine, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Clinical Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Zoology, Anatomy, Forensic Science, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Veterinary Pharmacy, Biological Sciences, Cognitive Science, Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Molecular Science, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Medical Laboratory Science, Orthoptics.

For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.

We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.

We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following:

  • evidence of six months of relevant work experience (for example, in the human or veterinary health sector (excluding administrative work), work in a laboratory, working as a lecturer, medical writing, clinical trials);
  • a relevant postgraduate qualification.

If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.

The additional bench fee for this programme covers the laboratory based research project, which accounts for 60 of the 180 credit points of the completed degree.

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.

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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
£13,032 per year
UK: part-time (two years)
£6,516 per year
Overseas: full-time
£29,032 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.

Bench fees

£2,268. 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.

Please note, the fees were previously advertised incorrectly.

Alumni discount

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 2024/25

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

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.