2020 start
MSc

Systems Neuroscience

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science

Begin training to understand how neurons transport information in the brain and deliver instructions to the rest of the body, using computer simulation modelling, data visualisation and neuroanatomy.
A student looking through a microscope

Course description

It’s widely recognised by modern neuroscience that taking a systems approach to exploring the brain is vital to understanding brain function. Systems neuroscience focuses on the interactions between neural structures in networks that influence sensori-motor control and information processing. It’s these interactions that provide us with a foundation for understanding the relationship between brain structure and brain function that underpins behaviour.

This 12-month course is designed to provide you with in-depth training into the core problems in systems neuroscience, and will develop your understanding of the disciplines and techniques used to address these problems such as computer simulation modelling, data visualisation and neuroanatomy.

Over three months you'll work on your research project in Cognitive Neuroscience with one of our world-leading experts in the Department of Psychology. Your research topic could range from theoretical to basic neuroscience. You may have the opportunity to collect and analyse real-life cognitive brain science data, using state-of-the-art equipment, before presenting your findings at our summer student-led conference. This project gives you the opportunity to put your new techniques in experimental neuroscience into practice, while exploring ideas at the cutting-edge of cognitive neuroscience. It's common for MSc research projects to form the basis of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Other courses in cognitive neuroscience

We offer MSc courses that cover the full breadth of cognitive neuroscience, from the biological basis, to imaging and simulation, allowing you to discover the area that you’re most interested in:

MSc Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

MSc Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging

Your career

With the valuable skills and knowledge that you’ll develop throughout your research training, including computational modelling, imaging, and analysis expertise, you’ll be well equipped for careers including:

  • research understanding major diseases like stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons and epilepsy within academia or governmental organisations
  • analysis and visualisation of data within hospitals, other healthcare providers or the pharmaceutical industry
  • roles within deep learning, machine learning or artificial intelligence.

If you choose to continue your research training, these courses are great preparation for a PhD in areas including neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and brain interfaces or to begin clinical training.

Intercalation

We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience
  • Computational Neuroscience 1
  • Applied Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neuroscience
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Data Analysis and Visualization
  • Research Project in Cognitive Neuroscience

Students will also study two modules in either Pathway 1 or Pathway 2:

Pathway 1: Neuroimaging 1 and Neuroimaging 2

Pathway 2: Fundamentals of Cognition and Computational Neuroscience 2

Teaching

You’ll learn through small-group teaching in a mixture of seminars and lectures, and problem solving, programming and laboratory classes.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through formal examinations and coursework which may include essays, presentations and a dissertation.

Duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in either a life science (including psychology) or mathematical/physical science (including engineering). 

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

psy-pg-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6533

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.