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Course queries

Can I study this course part-time or on a distance learning basis?

No. Unfortunately we are unable to offer this course on a part-time basis or via distance learning. Accepted applicants will be expected to be in Oxford for the duration of the course.

How long does the course last?

The MSc course is a full time one year course and runs from late September to the following mid-September. Please note the course does not run to the University of Oxford's undergraduate term dates. Once completed, the 3 year DPhil is a full-time programme that again does not respect University terms.

Do I need to be resident in Oxford during the course?

Yes. This is a requirement of the University and you will need to attend all course components

Where is the course held?

The majority of teaching in the MSc will take place in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Parks Road, Oxford. For the lab rotations (research projects) students will be based in two different labs located either in the science area around South Parks Road or on one of the hospital sites. The DPhil could be undertaken in any of the labs that undertake neuroscience research but are usually one of the labs (or both) where the lab rotations have taken place. 

Application queries

Are you accepting applications at the moment?

We are next accepting applications for admission in September 2024 for the 2024-25 academic year.  Please see the Graduate Admissions website for the 2024 application deadlines. Please note we only accept applications for the December deadline.

Do I need to submit a research proposal?

No. The research proposal is written during the 3rd term of the MSc year and is not required at application. Because this is a taught course in the first year you will need to submit a personal statement about why you wish to be considered for this programme.

You ask for a 1000 word PERSONAL statement, what is this?

Your personal statement should outline what you have done at undergraduate level, why you want to do the MSc/DPhil in Neuroscience and how the programme structure is the right one for you. It should be no more than 1000 words.

What is a suitable qualification for the course?

An undergraduate degree (UK class 2.1 or above) in a scientific subject. If you are unsure whether your qualification is suitable please contact the Course Lecturer, Dr Deborah Clarke.

What is the UK equivalent of my degree?

If you would like to know the UK equivalent of your overseas degree please visit the National Recognition Information Centre (

How will my application be assessed?

Your application will be assessed by the Organising Committee on the basis of your academic record, your academic references and your motivation statement.

My application was turned down last year, can I apply again?

Yes. If you were unsuccessful first time around, you are welcome to re-apply to the course. Please be aware that you will need to submit a complete set of new application materials, as we cannot use your application from previous years.

I had to withdraw my application last year, can I apply again?

Yes. You are welcome to apply to the course again. Please be aware that you will need to submit a complete set of new application materials, as we cannot use your application from previous years.