Behavioural Neuroscience

The MSc. in Behavioural Neuroscience offers advanced education and training in topics concerning human behaviour and its relation to the brain. The programme provides an excellent preparation for students who wish to pursue doctoral research in psychology, neuroscience or neuropsychology and equips students for work in research, medical and health settings. Students will gain key skills in research methods, experimental design, programming & data analysis. This is achieved through lab rotation and by pairing students with academic supervisors based on their research interests to complete a 30-credit research project.

Behavioural Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field which combines expertise from a range of disciplines, including Psychology, Neuroscience, Engineering and Economics. Teaching on the MSc will be provided by UCD faculty with backgrounds in wide-ranging but complementary fields, cutting across boundaries to provide students with new insights into this exciting topic. The programme also offers students the opportunity to get involved in staff research and to work together to produce a successful research thesis. The School of Psychology has laboratories dedicated to the study of Attention & Memory, Perception, Neuropsychology, Eye Tracking, EEG, and Media & Entertainment Psychology, and the School has research links with Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and St Vincent’s Hospital.

Subjects taught

Students can take modules from Schools of Psychology and Neuroscience that span topics such as neuropsychology, cognition, neurodevelopment, sensory neuroscience and neuro disability, allowing students to customise their postgraduate education to complement their undergraduate training.

Modules will include:

PSY40820 Fundamentals of Neuropsychology
PSY40790 Clinical Cases in Neuropsychology
PSY40830 Advanced Cognitive Psychology
PSY40770 Knowledge Transfer
PSY40900 Recent Papers in Behavioural Neuroscience
PSY40760 Advanced Research Methods and Stats
PSY40840 Behavioural Neuroscience Labs 1
PSY40850 Behavioural Neuroscience Labs 2
PSY40780 Behavioural Neuroscience Research Project
NEUR40110 Sensory Neuroscience
NEUR40120 Principles of Neuroscience

Entry requirements

A primary degree with at least upper second class honours or international equivalent in Psychology or in Neuroscience
or a Higher Diploma in Psychology with at least upper second class honours

We will also consider applicants with at least an upper second class honours degree in a cognate area that provides appropriate background to the programme

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element) or equivalent

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Behavioural Neuroscience FT (W461)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time

Deadline Rolling

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Applicants should contact the programme administrator, Ms Mary Boyle, at, phone: +353 (0)1 716 8369




1 year full-time.


MSc Behavioural Neuroscience (W461) Full Time
EU Year 1 - € 9770
nonEU Year 1 - € 21900

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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