MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience

Why choose our MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience?

Our MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience at The University of Edinburgh is a one-year, full-time Research Masters/ Diploma course spanning all levels of modern Neuroscience (molecular, cellular, systems, regenerative, cognitive, clinical and computational).


Our aim in the MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience is to prepare students for a career in Neuroscience research, e.g. a PhD.

The MSc in Integrative Neuroscience provides a fantastic opportunity to see what being a research scientist entails and to become a part of the highly reputable neuroscience community at Edinburgh Uni. I performed experiments both independently and as part of a team, and I was thrilled to discover that some of my work was included in a journal article manuscript prepared by our group. The assessments for the programme are varied, providing a solid foundation for a PhD - but there is support available should you run into any difficulties. Thanks to this programme, I have now obtained a scholarship for an exciting doctoral training programme.

Kalina BoytchevaStudent, 2014/2015

Our programme

Our programme is designed to allow you to  specialise in your particular field of interest, choosing one out of four offered elective courses, while learning from researchers from many neuroscience areas with themed teaching weeks in Semester 1. 

In Semester 2 the programme becomes practical, as you start your project(s) in a laboratory setting. You can choose to do two 12 week projects or one 24 week project, which gives you the flexibility to either choose to continue your first project, or begin a second. Learning targets and assessments are structured so that students are encouraged to learn to produce everything a working scientist would be asked to for their research, including short reviews of topical themes in Neuroscience, poster and oral presentations of your project(s), a grant application based on one projects, and your thesis.

Programme structure

Choice of Elective Courses

Comprehensive teaching, with new Elective courses – covering your interests right from the start.

Elective courses

Real-world projects

Our programme has a strong hands-on research emphasis, allowing you to contribute to real-world projects, putting you in an ideal position for a career in research.

Choosing your project(s)

Neuroscience research and Edinburgh

  • Teaching and research is conducted in more than 120 world-leading Neuroscience groups covering interests from Brain Imaging to Nanoscience.
  • The University of Edinburgh is ranked fourth in the UK for research power, based on research quality and breadth. (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
  • The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked one of the best 50 universities in the world. We're 19th in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.

Edinburgh Neuroscience

Edinburgh University and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

QS World University Rankings


  • This programme is designed to help you in your research career. A high number of students proceed to PhDs in Edinburgh and elsewhere. Other positive next destinations include continued medical studies, teaching and research assistance posts.
  • The University of Edinburgh is ranked 6th in the UK and 32nd in the world for the employability of our graduates. (Latest Emerging Global Employability University Ranking)

Employability and career development at the University of Edinburgh

Excellent quality of life

Edinburgh has won more than 12 UK best city awards in the last eight years. According to the QS World University Rankings 2017, Edinburgh is ranked the second best student city in the UK.

Edinburgh life

Student experience

To find out more about the programme, see our students' comments.

Our student experience