Postgraduate study

Neuroscience (Integrative Neuroscience) MScR

Awards: MScR

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

The MSc by Research in Integrative Neurosciencecovers all levels of modern neuroscience, which makes it an ideal programme to prepare you for a PhD.

Our programme is full-time for twelve months, beginning in September and ending in August the following year. You are expected to be on campus from the beginning of week one of Semester 1. We recommend that you also attend Welcome week (the week prior to week one of Semester 1).

What will you learn?

We include molecular, cellular, systems, regenerative, cognitive, clinical and computational neuroscience. We also allow you to choose your specialty right from the start, allowing you to shape your learning around your interests and career goals.

Our programme is designed to allow you to specialise in your particular field of interest, choosing one out of five 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 you 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 project
  • your thesis

Our programme is full-time for twelve months, beginning in September and ending in August the following year. You are expected to be on campus from week one. Successful MSc and Diploma candidates graduate in November/December of the following year.

Teaching breaks for 2023/4 include:

  • 22 December - 14 January


In Semester 1, you start with a taught component and attend ‘themed weeks’ which run in parallel with elective courses. In addition, you will develop core skills including data analysis and statistics.

You can visit the programme website for full details on electives and programme themes:

Elective courses include:

  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Neural Dynamics
  • Neurodegeneration and Regeneration
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Neuroimaging for graduate neuroscientists

The elective courses run throughout Semester 1 on two half days per week. These will give you a deeper insight into the concepts and methodology of a specific field of interest.


For your research, you can choose:

  • available projects, or
  • contact principal investigators from more than 120 groups in the Edinburgh Neuroscience community to develop your own project, which can range from psychology to nanoscience

You can decide to do:

  • two consecutive projects to gain a strong overview of research areas, or
  • a longer project to get a more in-depth laboratory experience in one field

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScRIntegrative Neuroscience1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2023/24

Students on the MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience have positive next destinations, including:

  • PhD
  • research
  • science administration
  • science communication
  • clinical career paths

These entry requirements are for the 2023/24 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2024/25 academic year will be published on 2 October 2023.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological or biomedical sciences (including neuroscience or psychology) or a medical, dental or veterinary degree.

Students from China

This degree is Band C.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 169 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 59 in each component.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries (non-MESC).

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScRIntegrative Neuroscience1 YearFull-timeTuition fees

International Masters Scholarships

The Deanery of Biomedical Sciences will offer 2 scholarships to self-funding, international (non-EU) students who are currently resident in one of the countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients. Additional Programme Costs (to the value of £3,000) will be waived for successful applicants.

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:

  • your programme
  • the duration of your studies
  • your tuition fee status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Programme Co-Director, Dr Emma Wood
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3531
  • Contact:
  • Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • 1 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JZ
Programme start date Application deadline
11 September 2023 30 June 2023

Due to high demand, we operate a number of selection deadlines for this programme.

Applicants who are not made an offer at a specific selection deadline will either be notified that they have been unsuccessful in securing a place on the programme, or that their application will be carried forward to the next selection deadline for further consideration at that time.

The selection deadlines for 2023/24 are:

Round Application deadline Decision Date
1 24 February 2023 24 March 2023
2 28 April 2023 26 May 2023
3 30 June 2023 14 July 2023

You must submit two references with your application.

When completing the online application form you are not required to complete a research proposal. You will select your first research project at the beginning of the programme. Please ignore any automatically generated emails requesting this information from you during the application process.

You may be formally interviewed (in person, by video-conferencing or Skype).

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Programme Co-Director, Dr Emma Wood
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3531
  • Contact:
  • Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • 1 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JZ