Neuroscience MSc

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

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.

Why choose this course?

  • Ranked 8th in the UK for research output in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014 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 Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 4.0/5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.5/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, biomedical science or psychology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

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.

Modules

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.

Options

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

Our experts

Prof Claudio Alonso

Prof Claudio Alonso

Professor of Developmental Neurobiology

Research interests

Drosophila, Gene regulation, Hox genes

View Claudio Alonso's profile

Prof John Atack

Prof John Atack

Visiting Scientist

Research interests

Alzheimer's Disease, Drug discovery, Neuropharmacology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Schizophrenia

View John Atack's profile

Prof Jonathan Bacon

Prof Jonathan Bacon

Professor of Neuroscience

Research interests

ant navigation, Drosophila, neural circuits, social arthropods

View Jonathan Bacon's profile

Prof Aldo Badiani

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

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

Dr Chris Bird

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

Hippocampus, Memory, Neuropsychology

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Dr Jenny Bosten

Dr Jenny Bosten

Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

colour, GWAS, Individual differences, Matlab, Psychophysics, Virtual Reality

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Dr Dan Campbell-Meiklejohn

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 Daniel Colaco Osorio

Prof Daniel Colaco Osorio

Professor of Neuroscience

Research interests

bird, cephalopod, colour, cuttlefish, evolution, neuroethology, physiology, Vision

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Prof Hugo Critchley

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

Dr Hans Crombag

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Addiction and law, Associative learning, Motivation, Neurobiology of behaviour, Reward

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Dr Paul Graham

Dr Paul Graham

Reader

Research interests

Animal behaviour, Learning, Memory, navigation, neuroethology, social insect biology, Vision

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Dr Majid Hafezparast

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 Neil Harrison

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

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

Dr Ildiko Kemenes

Reader in Neuroscience

Research interests

Animal behaviour, Electrophysiology, Invertebrates, learning and memory, Memory

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Dr Sarah King

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 Eisuke Koya

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 Leon Lagnado

Prof Leon Lagnado

Professor Of Neuroscience 'Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder'

Research interests

Vision

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Prof Nigel Leigh

Prof Nigel Leigh

Professor (Honorary Consultant) in Clinical Neurology

Research interests

Pathogenesis

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Dr Jeremy Niven

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

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

Dr Andrew Penn

Research Fellow

Research interests

Neuroscience, Neurotransmitter receptors, slice electrophysiology

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Dr Andy Philippides

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

Prof Guy Richardson

Professor of Neuroscience 'Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder'

Research interests

Deafness, Hearing

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Prof Jennifer Rusted

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

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

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

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

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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Prof Jamie Ward

Prof Jamie Ward

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Research interests

Experimental psychology, Psychology

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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.

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Advanced Techniques in Neuroscience

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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.

 

 

 

Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

  • 15 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits
In this course students should learn to use parametric statistical methods for exploring relationships among variables (correlation, bi-variate and multiple linear regression, logistic regression), and for comparing means between groups (t-tests, Anova, Ancova & Manova). Students will familiarise themselves with the use of SPSS, a popular data-analysis computer package. More specifically, they will learn to understand when it is appropriate to use each type of statistical tool; how to run the analysis using SPSS and accurately interpret its output (assumptions & test results); and finally how to present the results in an appropriate format.

Mathematics and Computational Methods for Complex Systems

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

You learn fundamental concepts in sensory coding, including:

  • feature detection
  • adaptive representations
  • coding by spike rates and timing
  • population coding.

You will learn in seminars as well as workshops where computer code will be introduced and used to analyse and simulate sensory coding by neurons.

Structure and Function in the Brain

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

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.

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