MSc Translational Neuroscience

Translational research for the development of novel therapeutic approaches to treat neurological and psychiatric conditions

Key information

1 year full-time

Start date
October 2016

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently listed neurological and psychiatric disorders as a global emergency with the numbers of people affected by such disorders predicted to marked increase over the next 25 years as life expectancy globally increases. For the vast majority of neurological and psychiatric disorders, there are no effective treatments. This programme is designed to provide high-quality training to tomorrow's neuroscientists who will play a vital role in not only understanding what causes such Neurological and psychiatric disorders but also developing better treatments or cures.

The programme consists of two sections: a taught component containing six modules, and a research component, with the taught and research components carrying equal weighting for your final grade (50:50). The taught component of the programme will be delivered by academics/clinicians at the forefront of research and clinical practice and will equip students with an excellent foundation in Neuroscience, particularly in how the different cellular components in the central nervous system physiologically work together to control brain function and how this malfunctions in a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Uniquely, this programme will provide theoretical and practical training to students in the various methodologies utilised in translational research for the development of novel therapeutic approaches to treat neurological and psychiatric conditions. The research component will allow students to explore in greater depth a particular neurological or psychiatric disorder and apply cutting-edge research techniques to help determine the causes and help in the development of novel therapies for such disorders. Hence, this programme will provide excellent training for students, whether they wish to pursue an academic or industrial research career, in which they can play a vital role in better understanding the causes of Neurological disorders or developing better treatments or cures.

Programme structure

The MSc in Translational Neuroscience is a full-time (12-month) programme, which starts in October. Briefly, the programme is organised as follows:

  • October – March: taught modules (four core modules, with two elective modules)
  • March – August: six-month laboratory-based research project

Please see the programme structure page for further information.

Entry requirements

There are a number of entry requirements for the MSc in Translational Neuroscience programme. Please see the entry requirements page for further information.

Regulation for Imperial students

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Visas: international students

Please note: In order to get a student visa, an applicant will need to provide evidence totalling 40 points or more. Please visit the Imperial College International Office website to read the College guidelines and for further information on the points system (for any questions not covered by the website, contact the International Office directly at