Course Overview

Knowledge derived from neuroscience research in mental health, psychology, neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration is revolutionizing how we think about and treat mental disorders. A thorough grounding in neuroscience is fast becoming an essential step for a career in academic and clinical psychology, psychiatry, and careers in neuroscience more broadly.

In response to that need this program is designed for students with backgrounds in psychology, medicine, pharmacology, and other biomedical and neuroscience related disciplines. It will equip students with a set of core skills in the field of clinical neuroscience including in-depth understanding of neuroanatomy, neuroimaging, and neuropsychiatry. Students will have opportunities to learn through practical hands-on experience.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

The course will be delivered by internationally recognised researchers and clinicians from NUI Galway’s newly established Neuroimaging and Cognitive Genomics Center (NICOG)and the NCBES Galway Neuroscience Center (GNC), giving students access to rich and diverse expertise in neuroanatomy, cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry, neurology, pharmacology & human genetics. 

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have achieved an upper second class honours degree or better in a discipline relating to neuroscience. Qualifying degrees include, but are not limited to, psychology, medicine, pharmacology, and biomedical science.

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1 year full-time

Next start date

September 2018

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Closing Date

 Please view the offer rounds website.

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Course Outline

The course will be of a content and format consistent with highest standards for postgraduate courses, consisting of 90 ECTS credits obtained by completion of course modules. Teaching approaches will consist of didactic lectures, Problem based learning, Seminars, Workshops, Journal Clubs, practicals and completion of a research dissertation, as well as subject specific training in a range of areas relevant to clinical neuroscience. Students will also receive valuable training in current research methodologies, being facilitated to study in-depth those methodologies most interesting to them (e.g. systematic review methodologies, wet-bench methodologies, software methodologies, etc). 

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Neuroscience & Neuroanatomy
  • Genomics of Rare and Common Diseases
  • Basic & Applied Pharmacology
  • Clinical & Experimental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical & Experimental Neuroimaging
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Methods: Systematic reviews & Meta-analysis
  • Applied Statistics
  • Clinical & Research Methodologies in Neuroscience.  

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This is a new and exciting program that will provide graduates with a highly marketable and transferrable combination of neuroscience skills, as well as experience of applying these skills in neuroscience research. Graduates of this program are likely to go on to professional training in Clinical Psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience related posts in industry or undertake further academic work at Ph.D. level. 

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,815 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€6,591 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€15,500 p.a. 2018/19

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Dr David Mothersill
School of Psychology
T: +353 91 493 457