1 year full time
Starts September 2017


Neuroscience brings together scientists with a wide range of skills and backgrounds to examine fundamental aspects of our brains and behaviour, and to develop new drugs and therapies to treat some of the most feared and debilitating diseases.

Choosing from our wide range of lecture modules, you have the opportunity to focus on areas of particular interest in this fast-paced field. The practical research project provides up to six months’ experience in one of our interdisciplinary laboratories, giving you the experience you need for a career in neuroscience.

Key facts

  • Ranked 8th in the UK for research output in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), our areas of expertise range from the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration to the study of consciousness.
  • With over 50 research groups on campus, Sussex Neuroscience is one of the largest and most interconnected neuroscience communities in the UK.
  • You’ll be taught and supervised by research faculty across the Schools of Life Sciences, Psychology, Engineering and Informatics, and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

How will I study?

You’ll gain a firm grounding in research skills and practical neuroscience techniques, with specific modules offered to those new to neuroscience to build core knowledge.

You’ll also choose from a wide variety of options – from biochemistry to psychology to mathematical modelling.

During your research project, close interaction with your supervisor will support your development as a researcher.

You’ll be assessed using:

  • term papers
  • unseen examinations
  • presentations
  • a dissertation.

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Advanced Techniques in Neuroscience

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module offers a choice of practical classes on key current techniques in neuroscience including:

      • advanced microscopy and imaging
      • electrophysiology
      • molecular biology
      • psychophysics
      • EEG
      • computational neuroscience 

      This practical experience is complemented by seminars on the ethics of human and animal studies.

    • Life Sciences Master of Science Research Proposal

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The module aims to develop an appreciation of the research field in which students will be conducting their research project, thereby enabling them to design and propose a detailed programme of research. Students will also attend seminars on science communication, careers, grant writing and science funding. Students will also have regular tutorials with their project supervisor during which they will discuss the background of the project, sources for literature review and appropriateness of experimental strategy.

    • Current Topics in Neuroscience

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will introduce you to a diversity of active areas of research in life sciences. The module will be taught via a series of research seminars given by University of Sussex staff, research students and invited speakers. These seminars will provide an excellent opportunity for you to learn about the latest developments in a range of topics, gain insight into the nature of scientific research, and meet with a diversity of researchers. The module will be assessed via a portfolio of work summarising, synthesising and communicating the research for a scientific audience and the general public.

    • Life Sciences Master of Science Research Project

      60 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Design and carry out an original piece of research on our Research Project module. Working in consultation with a research supervisor, you carry out experiments to answer questions posed at the beginning of the work.





    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

      15 credits
      All Year Teaching, Year 1

      In this module you will learn about various advanced research methods and statistical techniques in psychology, by exploring their theoretical basis and their practical application. The module is typically taught as a set of 2-day workshops in which particular methods are considered in detail. You are expected to study three methods (ie attend three workshops) from the selection that is offered. The options available to you are likely to include the following:

      • Discourse Analysis for Psychology
      • Experiment Generators: Use of Eprime
      • Eye Tracking
      • Item Response Theory
      • Longitudinal Data Analysis
      • Measurement of Affective Processing Styles (MATLAB)
      • Meta-analysis; Multilevel Modelling
      • Service User Involvement in Clinical Research
      • Structural Equation Modelling
      • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
      • Voice Analysis and Re-Synthesis
      • Latent Variable Analysis
      • Introduction to R
      • Randomised Control Trials.
    • Ethics, Philosophy and Methods of Research

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module will consider the conceptual foundations of psychological research and is divided into three key elements.

      Ethics and research governance – during this part of the module you will learn about the ethical principles and guidelines relating to research in psychology, in particular the BPS code of conduct and how it applies to research studies, and the UK frameworks for research governance. The ethical issues involved in using animals to study psychology will also be addressed.

      Philosophy of Science – you explore different approaches to what it means for psychology to be scientific and why it matters. Half of the material considers classic philosophy of science as represented in the views of Popper, Kuhn and Lakatos and how they apply to psychology. The remaining material considers the foundations of statistical inference, comparing the conceptual basis of orthodox (Neyman Pearson) statistics with that of Bayesian statistics. The aim is to clear up popular misconceptions in interpreting statistics, not to teach any particular statistical technique.

      Qualitative methods – are becoming increasingly important in psychology and related disciplines (eg, biology, medicine, sociology). Nevertheless, heated debates continue to rage about their essential qualities (if any) and 'quality' (if any). In this part of the module we will examine all aspects of qualitative research, from (claimed) philosophical underpinnings, through method selection, project planning, ethical considerations, data collection, data analysis, and the production, assessment, and presentation of results, though to the scientific, practical, ethical, and theoretical benefits of the end product(s). Particular attention will be given to the prospects of developing qualitative methods that are truly complementary to quantitative ones.

    • Intelligence in Animals and Machines

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The module will help yopu develop an understanding of what it means for an animal or a machine to behave intelligently, and how brain and behavioural systems are adapted to enable an animal to cope effectively within its environment. We consider diverse aspects of intelligence including navigation and motor control, numerical, language, memory and social skills. We ask how these are related to one another and how they are matched to the particular needs of animals and machines.

    • Introduction to Genes and Biochemistry

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module will provide background knowledge of five basic units of Biochemistry and the relationship between genes and proteins within the cell.

      Unit 1 of the module deals with the molecules of life, DNA, RNA, nucleotides and the central dogma of molecular biology.

      Unit 2 covers the decoding of the genetic code through the processes of transcription and translation.

      Unit 3 deals with proteins, their structure properties and amino acid building blocks.

      Unit 4 deals with enzymes and simple enzyme catalysed reactions.

      Unit 5 covers metabolism and uses glycolysis and Krebs cycle as examples of typical pathways bioenergentics is briefly introduced.

    • Linear Models in Statistics

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Linear Models consist of a series of lectures and computer classes, mainly aimed at introducing or re-introducing postgraduate students to ANOVA, regression and related linear modelling techniques, and training them to use SPSS, a popular statistical analysis package, to carry out the corresponding analyses. A single topic will be covered in a lecture and SPSS class each week. Details of the topics are:

      • Introduction to SPSS
      • Data Entry and Charting Simple Linear Regression
      • Multiple Regression
      • t-tests
      • One-way Independent Groups ANOVA and subsidiary tests
      • Two-way ANOVA, Related Groups ANOVA, Mixed ANOVA, ANCOVA
      • MANOVA
      • Logistic Regression
      • 2 and Log-Linear Modelling
      • Mixed Modelling.
    • Mathematics and Computational Methods for Complex Systems

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides a foundation in mathematical and scientific computing techniques used widely in artificial intelligence, artificial life and related fields. The material covered in this module will facilitate the study of a number of options on other MSc courses at a deeper level than would be possible without it. In particular, it is a prerequisite for the Neural Networks and Computational Neuroscience modules. Coursework is based around Matlab packages.

      Topics include:

      • vectors and matrices
      • differential calculus
      • numerical integration
      • probability and hypothesis testing
      • dynamical systems theory.
    • Molecular Genetics

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The module will cover the application of molecular genetics to the study of processes in model systems and higher eukaryotes.

      Particular topics will include cell cycle and checkpoint control, recombination and mating type switching in lower eukaryotes, gene mapping and cloning disease genes in higher eukaryotes and the production of transgenic plants and animals.

    • Neuronal Transduction and Transmission

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module explores aspects of neuronal signalling, in both vertebrates and invertebrates, highlighting how molecular structure relates to function in signalling pathways. The emphasis will be on understanding how molecular and cellular mechanisms underlie the function of the CNS at a systems level and the generation of behaviour.

      The module begins with the problem of sensory transduction (getting information into the nervous system), with a particular emphasis on mechanical (auditory) and visual modalities. This will be followed by a series of lectures on how information is processed at the synapse, covering electrical transmission and preand post-synaptic mechanisms at the chemical synapse. You will also be introduced to non-synaptic information processing.

    • Social Neuroscience

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Social Neuroscience is concerned with how people recognise, understand and interact with each other in social settings. It aims to understand these processes in terms of fundamental cognitive and neural mechanisms that reside in the brain that have been shaped by both individual experience and evolutionary history. Topics covered include: the evolution of social intelligence and culture; neuroscience of emotion; recognising faces and bodies; empathy and simulation theories; 'mentalising' and autism; cooperation and altruism; self and identity; prejudice; anti-social behavior; neuroscience of morality; and the development of social behaviour. Although many of these concepts have been explored in detail by social psychology, the methods of cognitive neuroscience brings a fresh insight into these issues.

    • Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      In this module, you are introduced to a wide variety of topics in cognitive neuroscience that are not covered by dedicated modules.

      You are taught by active researchers and experts in cognitive neuroscience.

      You explore the field through lectures and journal clubs, as well as gaining opportunities to focus your research interests through self-directed presentations and study topics.

      You develop the ability to discuss and critique current cognitive neuroscience research through a general well-rounded knowledge of topics, methods and good practice.

      In your lectures, you cover topics including:

      • an introduction to methods
      • neurophysiology
      • memory
      • vision
      • emotion
      • embodied cognition
      • reward and decision-making
      • animal and genetic models of cognition
      • dementia
      • event-related potentials
      • individual-difference approaches to cognitive neuroscience.

      The aim of this module is to introduce you to various research topics in cognitive neuroscience and explain how neuroimaging and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques have been used to uncover neural basis of cognitive functions in humans. You learn a variety of methods used in cognitive neuroscience and how they are applied in practice. Following a discussion of the main methods, the remaining lectures are organised around a series of different cognitive functions such as visual processing, subliminal perception, attention and memory.

    • Foundations of Neuroscience

      30 credits
      Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module offers an broad introduction to neuroscience including:

      • cellular physiology,
      • synaptic transmission,
      • developmental neuroscience, and
      • neural circuitry.

      The module includes a substantial lecture series and seminars based on primary reserach literature. Foundations in Neuroscience is intended primarily for students who have not studied neuroscience at BSc level.

    • Drug Addiction and its Treatment

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module will cover the following topics:

      • Recreational drugs throughout history
      • Mechanisms of action of recreational drugs (psychostimulants, opiates/opioids, alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, hallucinogens, "club drugs", etc)
      • Definition of drug reward, drug abuse and drug addiction
      • Neuropsychobiological underpinnings of drug reward and drug addiction (drug induced neuroplasticity and basic neuroanatomy of motivation, reward, affect, and impulsivity/compulsivity)
      • Critical understanding of the major theories of drug reward and drug addiction
      • Therapeutic options for the treatment of drug abuse and addiction.

      Thus, the scope of the module will range from basic pharmacology to clinical intervention. The module will be taught by an expert in both pre-clinical and clinical research.

    • Drugs, Brain and Behaviour

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Drugs, Brain and Behaviour offers you an overview to the psychological, pharmacological, neurobiological and neurophysiological bases of drug use, abuse and contemporary understanding of addiction (and some mental conditions), and has a strong natural science (neuroscience) orientation. The acute and long-term effects of selected drugs of abuse on behaviour, mood, cognition and neuronal function are discussed using empirical findings and theoretical developments from both human and non-human subject studies on the neurobiological and psychological basis of drug action and addiction.

      The module will discuss the anatomical, neurochemical and cell-molecular mechanisms targeted by psychoactive drugs and their distribution, regulation and integration in the broader central nervous system. The focus is on potentially addictive drugs, and the major classes are discussed, including opiates (heroin and morphine), psychomotor stimulants (amphetamine and cocaine), sedative-hypnotics (alcohol, barbiturates and chloral hydrate), anxiolytics (benzodiazepines), marijuana, hallucinogens (LSD, mescaline) and hallucinogenic-stimulants (MDA, MDMA). Critically, with the knowledge of the basic neurobiological and behavioural pharmacology of these drugs 'in hand', contemporary theories and understanding of mental conditions, substance abuse and addiction are considered, focusing on key concepts related to (drug) experience-dependent neuroplasticity, drug-induced neurotoxicity, associative learning, neuronal ensembles and the synaptic basis of learning and plasticity, habit formation and impulse-control.

      This module builds on knowledge gained in the core psychology modules C8003: Psychobiology and C8518: Brain and Behaviour. If you are not enrolled on the BSc Psychology course at Sussex you are expected to be familiar with the material covered in these modules.

    • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides you with an advanced level of theoretical and practical knowledge in the technique of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Topics covered include the physiological basis of MRI and fMRI; different study designs in functional imaging research; stages of pre-processing and analysis of data; and interpretation of results. You will have the chance to make a contribution to a real, ongoing fMRI study in terms of observing and/or participating in its execution and contributing to the analysis of the study. You will also gain hands-on experience of Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) software for analysing fMRI data that is invaluable for future research in this area.

    • Genome Stability, Genetic Diseases and Cancer

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The design of new therapies for cancer depends on first understanding the molecular events that cause the disease. Genomic DNA is damaged spontaneously, by chemical carcinogens and by radiation. If unrepaired, this damage leads to mutations, cancer and other developmental disorders. All cells have evolved a sophisticated array of repair and response mechanisms to deal with DNA damage.

      The aim of this module is to understand the molecular mechanisms that control DNA repair and to appreciate how defects in genes involved in these repair processes are associated with different, in many cases cancer-prone, genetic disorders.

      Throughout the module, emphasis will be placed on the review and critical evaluation of recently published experimental evidence; advances in this area rely on a combination of biochemical analysis, genetic approaches and bioinformatics.

      Lectures will be complemented by discussion groups.

    • Molecular Pharmacology

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this module, you examine the actions of drugs at the molecular level. And you analyse the methods employed to study these interactions.

      Such methods include molecular cloning, receptor binding and cell-based functional assays.

      The focus of your studies in this module is on receptor binding theory and the effects of drugs on intracellular signalling pathways.

      In the module, you study a variety of drug targets in detail, including examples of the G-Protein couple receptor (GPCR), ligand-gated ion channel, neurotransmitter transporter and enzyme facilities.

      You use GPCRs to exemplify the effects of drugs on second messenger systems (e.g. cyclic AMP, inositol trisphosphate) and related signalling cascades - and the GABAA receptor is highlighted as a prototypic ligand-gated ion channel.

    • Neuronal Plasticity and Gene Regulation

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will consider how cellular and molecular mechanisms interact in the regulation of neuronal plasticity, the ability of the nervous system to adapt its structural-functional organisation to new situations emerging from changes in intrinsic and extrinsic inputs. During the module particular emphasis will be placed on mechanisms underlying the acquisition, processing and storage of information by the nervous system. You will also discuss recently discovered phenomena such as epigenetic regulation and natural antisense transcripts (NATs) in the context of their importance for the regulation of neural functions.

    • Neuroscience of Consciousness

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Consciousness is one of the last remaining frontiers of scientific exploration, and theories and methods in neuroscience are at the front line of this endeavour. Topics covered in this module include: measuring and studying consciousness; states of consciousness (including wake, dreaming, hypnosis and vegetative state); visual consciousness (including the different roles of visual cortex and fronto-parietal network; blindsight and neglect as disorders of visual awareness); implicit learning and meta-knowledge; psychiatric disturbances of consciousness (eg hallucinations, depersonalisation); interoceptive awareness; consciousness and cortical plasticity (examples of synaesthesia, phantom limb and sensory substitution); computational models of consciousness; biological models of consciousness; and evolutionary approaches to consciousness.

    • Sensory Function and Computation

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Structure and Function in the Brain

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of the module is to reveal the anatomical substrates on which the processing of sensory information and the generation of motor commands depend. Specific attention will be paid to the relationship between structure and function. The module will cover the development of the anatomical features of the nervous system and will give a comparative interpretation of the anatomy of brain regions and their cellular components using a variety of examples including vertebrate and invertebrate models. The module will provide basic knowledge of the main techniques used to study the functional anatomy of the brain at systems, cellular and molecular levels.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology.

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

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English language support

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Additional information for international students

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?


Home: £9,250 per year

EU: £9,250 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £9,250 per year

Overseas: £18,750 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

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Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

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1 August 2017

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Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

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1 August 2017

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Meet the people teaching and supervising on your course.

  • Faculty profiles

    Prof Claudio Alonso
    Professor of Developmental Neurobiology

    Research interests: Drosophila, Gene regulation, Hox genes

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    Prof John Atack
    Professor of Molecular Pharmacology

    Research interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Drug discovery, Neuropharmacology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Schizophrenia

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    Prof Jonathan Bacon
    Professor of Neuroscience

    Research interests: ant navigation, Drosophila, neural circuits, social arthropods

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    Prof Aldo Badiani
    Professor of Psychology & Addiction Medicine

    Research interests: Drug addiction, Electrophysiology, Emotion, Environment, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Human psychopharmacology, Immunohistochemistry, Motivation, Reward

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    Dr Luc Berthouze
    Reader in Informatics

    Research interests: Biomedical Signal Processing, Computational Neuroscience, Developmental Robotics, EEG, EMG, Motor Control, Network Theory and Complexity, Neuronal network, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos

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    Dr Chris Bird
    Senior Lecturer in Psychology

    Research interests: Hippocampus, Memory, Neuropsychology

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    Dr Jenny Bosten
    Lecturer in Psychology

    Research interests: colour, GWAS, Individual differences, Matlab, Psychophysics, Virtual Reality

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    Dr Christopher Buckley
    Lecturer In Neural Computation

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    Dr Dan Campbell-Meiklejohn
    Senior Lecturer in Psychology

    Research interests: Decision making, Neuromaging, Psychopharmacology, Reinforcement Learning Models, Social cognition, Social Influence, Social Neuroscience

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    Prof Mara Cercignani
    Professor in Medical Physics

    Research interests: Pathogenesis

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    Prof Daniel Colaco Osorio
    Professor of Neuroscience

    Research interests: bird, cephalopod, colour, cuttlefish, evolution, neuroethology, physiology, Vision

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    Prof Hugo Critchley
    Chair in Psychiatry

    Research interests: Cognitive Neuroscience, Consciousness, Emotion, Mental health (Human disease), Neuroimaging, neuropsychiatry, Neuroscience (Human disease), Psychophysiology

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    Dr Hans Crombag
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Addiction and law, Associative learning, Motivation, Neurobiology of behaviour, Reward

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    Dr Andrew Dilley
    Senior Lecturer In Anatomy

    Research interests: Sports medicine

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    Dr Sarah Garfinkel
    Senior Research Fellow

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    Dr Paul Graham

    Research interests: Animal behaviour, Learning, Memory, navigation, neuroethology, social insect biology, Vision

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    Prof Sarah Guthrie
    Professor of Developmental Neuroscience

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    Dr Majid Hafezparast
    Reader in Human/Mammalian Molecular Genetics

    Research interests: Aging, Axonal transport, Human Molecular Genetics, Intracellular signalling, Motor neuron disease, Mouse genetics, Neurodegeneration, Neurodegenerative disease

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    Dr Catherine Hall
    Senior Lecturer in Psychology

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    Dr Neil Harrison
    Reader in Neuropsychiatry

    Research interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Brain, Cognition, Dementia, Drug discovery, Hippocampus, Inflammation, Mood, Neurodegeneration

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    Prof George Kemenes
    Professor of Neuroscience

    Research interests: Adenylate cyclase, Amyloids, Computational Neuroscience, Cyclic AMP, Electrophysiology, Histones, Intrinsic plasticity, Ion channels, Learning, Memory, Memory dysfunction, microRNA, Neurodegeneration, Protein kinase, Synaptic plasticity, Systems neuroscience, Transcription factors

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    Dr Ildiko Kemenes
    Reader in Neuroscience

    Research interests: Animal behaviour, Electrophysiology, Invertebrates, learning and memory, Memory

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    Dr Sarah King
    Reader in Behavioural Neuroscience

    Research interests: Addictions, Alzheimer's Disease, Behavioural Neuroscience, Gene manipulation, Mouse genetics, Neurodegeneration, Neuroscience (Human disease), Neurotransmitter receptors

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    Dr Sergei Korneev
    Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience

    Research interests: Memory

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    Dr Eisuke Koya
    Senior Lecturer in Psychology

    Research interests: Associative learning, drugs of abuse, Motivation, neuronal ensembles, nucleus accumbens, palatable foods, Prefrontal Cortex, slice electrophysiology

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    Prof Corne Kros
    Professor of Neuroscience

    Research interests: Hearing

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    Prof Leon Lagnado
    Professor Of Neuroscience 'Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder'

    Research interests: Vision

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    Prof Nigel Leigh
    Professor (Honorary Consultant) in Clinical Neurology

    Research interests: Pathogenesis

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    Prof Miguel Maravall Rodriguez
    Professor of Neuroscience

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    Dr Ruth Murrell-Lagnado
    Reader in Neuroscience

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    Dr Jeremy Niven
    Senior Lecturer in Zoology

    Research interests: Animal behaviour, Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, Behavioural choice, Behavioural Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, Evolutionary biology, neuroethology, Sensor Integration, Sensory receptors, Systems neuroscience

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    Prof Thomas Nowotny
    Professor Of Informatics

    Research interests: Biomimetics, Chemical Sensing, Computational Neuroscience, Dynamic Clamp, Electronic Nose, GPU Computing, High Performance Computing, Insects, Ion channels, Machine Learning (AI), Neural networks, New Computing Paradigms, Olfaction, Robotics, Systems neuroscience

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    Dr Andrew Penn
    Research Fellow

    Research interests: Neuroscience, Neurotransmitter receptors, slice electrophysiology

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    Dr Andy Philippides
    Reader in Informatics

    Research interests: computational biology, Computational Neuroscience, Computer Vision & Image Processing - Pattern Recognition, Evolutionary Computation, insect navigation, navigation, Robotics

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    Prof Guy Richardson
    Professor of Neuroscience 'Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder'

    Research interests: Deafness, Hearing

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    Prof Jennifer Rusted
    Professor of Experimental Psychology

    Research interests: Behavioural Neuroscience, Cognitive decline with age, Dementia, Experimental psychology, neuropsychopharmacology

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    Prof Louise Serpell
    Professor of Biochemistry

    Research interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Biomedical neuroscience, Cell biology, Dementia, Drug discovery, Neurodegeneration, Neurodegenerative disease, Protein misfolding, Structural biology, Synthetic biology

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    Prof Anil Seth
    Professor of Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience

    Research interests: Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, Consciousness, EEG, Neuroimaging, neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, Psychology, Time Series, Virtual Reality

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    Dr Natasha Sigala
    Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience

    Research interests: Ageing, Attention, Categorisation, Cognitive Neuroscience, Executive Functions, Expertise, Learning, Memory, Prefrontal Cortex, Psychology, Visual perception

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    Prof Kevin Staras
    Professor Of Neuroscience

    Research interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Computational Neuroscience, Drug discovery, Ion channels, Memory, Neurodegeneration, Neurodegenerative disease, Structural biology, Synapses

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    Dr Ruth Staras
    Teaching Fellow

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    Dr Camilla Tornoe
    Senior Teaching Fellow in Biology

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    Prof Jamie Ward
    Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

    Research interests: Experimental psychology, Psychology

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Graduating from this course will put you in a strong position to move into doctoral study, as well as industrial research and related fields such as human-computer interaction and healthcare.

Graduate destinations

94% of students working in the Life Sciences subject groups (excluding Chemistry) were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent Life Sciences students have gone on to jobs including:

  • medical laboratory assistant, NHS Trust
  • research fellow, Cancer Research UK
  • technical services representative, Sigma-Aldrich.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

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