This programme is currently under development and may be subject to change
Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time
Institution code: R72
UK fees: £14,200
International/EU fees: £22,000
Applied Neuroscience (MSc)
This course gives a unique insight into neuroscience in real world settings. You’ll study alongside our leading neuroscientists with contributions from external academics and professionals, and have access to the department’s excellent neuroscience facilities. You’ll learn to conduct applied neuroscience research projects and acquire practical, hands on experience for your future career.
On this course you will:
- Gain practical and hands on experience using neuroscience methodologies and data analysis, with teaching assuming no prior experience with the techniques.
- Complete assessments that have been developed to map on to relevant activities in both academic and industrial settings, which will enhance your employability.
- Engage with contemporary and cutting edge neuroscience research questions and learn to conduct applied neuroscience research projects.
Teaching & assessment
Teaching and learning is delivered primarily through sessions lasting between one and five hours. These typically combine seminar discussions with practical workshops to develop statistical and methodological experience. Where possible, these will be student-led, with participants encouraged to devise exercises engaging with the relevant issues and to direct fellow-students in these experiments.
We place emphasis on group discussion and the development of independent thought and analysis appropriate to carry out an independent piece of research of high quality, in an area of interest to you. In some contributing modules, you will give oral presentations which form part of the formative assessment. Summative assessment is usually by written assignment, with an emphasis on developing and demonstrating skills relevant in real world settings (eg posters, grant proposals, podcasts). There are also some written exams, particularly for modules focussing on methodology and statistics.
Psychology or a related Social Science subject with evidence of having taken and passed methodological and statistics training at degree level.
Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects. Applicants will also be considered if there is evidence of relevant work experience or professional qualifications in an associated area, provided they can demonstrate that they have achieved 2:1 level or equivalent in statistics and research method modules.
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.
The scores we require
- IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5.
- Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 69. No other subscore lower than 54.
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here.
Your future career
Graduates in Applied Neuroscience at Royal Holloway are well equipped to progress to further PhD study and to careers in applied settings in commercial and governmental organisations. You will graduate with a desirable MSc degree from one of the UK’s top psychology departments and develop a range of transferable skills including analysis and interpretation of complex data, insight into human behaviour and neural processes, critical reading, conducting and managing research projects and scientific reporting.
You will have the skills to work in areas such as Data Science, User Experience, Interaction Design, as well as Neuroscience research, using neuroscience based insights and conducting research using cutting edge methods of studying the brain.
Fees & funding
Home (UK) students tuition fee per year*: £14,200
EU and International students tuition fee per year**: £22,000
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course.
* and ** These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying on the standard part-time course structure over two years are charged 50% of the full-time applicable fee for each study year.
All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. This means that the overall cost of studying the course via part-time mode is slightly higher than studying it full-time in one year. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information, please see our terms and conditions. Please note that for research courses, we adopt the minimum fee level recommended by the UK Research Councils for the Home tuition fee. Each year, the fee level is adjusted in line with inflation (currently, the measure used is the Treasury GDP deflator). Fees displayed here are therefore subject to change and are usually confirmed in the spring of the year of entry. For more information on the Research Council Indicative Fee please see the RCUK website.
** The UK Government has confirmed that EU nationals are no longer eligible to pay the same fees as UK students, nor be eligible for funding from the Student Loans Company. This means you will be classified as an international student. At Royal Holloway, we wish to support those students affected by this change in status through this transition. For eligible EU students starting their course with us in September 2022, we will award a fee reduction scholarship equivalent to 60% of the difference between the UK and international fee for your course. This will apply for the duration of your course. Find out more
*** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree at Royal Holloway during the 2022/23 academic year, and are included as a guide. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.