MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience

Semester 1 - Taught

The first semester is the 'taught' component comprising lectures on many different areas of neuroscience, specialist electives, and generic skills training.

Themed weeks

Our series of themed lectures aim to familiarise you with the various areas of Edinburgh Neuroscience and the work done in the various research centres around Edinburgh.

Programme themes

Elective courses

You'll have the opportunity to choose one of four elective courses, allowing you to specialise in a particular area of interest.

Elective course availability will be subject to student numbers. While every attempt will be made to allocate students to their preferred elective course choices, where demand is high, we cannot guarantee this. Students should check course details for timetabling information and location as courses are taught at a number of sites across the University.

Elective courses currently on offer

Transkills and other courses

To help you gain a range of skills you can apply in many areas, you'll be asked to do some Transkills courses and will develop core skills including data analysis and statistics. 

You'll do an online Neuroimaging course – ‘Neuroimaging research for graduate neuroscientists.’

You'll complete ScotPIL Home Office Licensing Training – held in October. For many of you, holding a license will be legally necessary for you to work on your projects. This is usually held by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, but may be external.

 You'll also do these Transkills courses, run by the Institute for Academic Development (IAD):

  • Effective Presentations
  • Writing Up Science
  • Project Planning and Ethics in Scientific Research


During Semester 1, you'll have an Elective Assessment – held during the duration of your chosen elective. You'll also have an In-course assessment for Neuroimaging course – held over the duration of the Semester.

Semester 2

Semester 2 - Research Project 1

Degree Programme Table: Integrative Neuroscience (MSc by Research) (Full-time)

For full details of what each course entails, please visit the Degree Programme Table.

Degree Programme Table: Integrative Neuroscience (MSc by Research) (Full-time)