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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.

Whole Brain Tractography

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.

Learn more about the course with Professor Gary Donohoe:


About the course:

MSc (level 9)

Duration 1 year (or 2 years part time)

Entry requirements:

Applications 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.

EU Fees:  €7,215 p.a. 2019/20; NON EU €14,750 p.a. 2019/20


PAC code: GYA58

Closing date:

Closing date for receipt of completed applications and all supplementary documents is June 10th. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and the course may filled prior to this date.

Contact Information/Enquiries to:

Dr David Omar Mothersill, School of Psychology, Tel +353 91 49 3457, Email:

Why study this program?

Clinical Neuroscience BrainThis course will provide postgraduate training in neuroscience relevant to further clinical or academic training in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience related fields. The last 20 years have seen an explosion of methodologies now available for exploring the human brain at genomic, cellular, neural systems, and behavioural levels. The enormous complexity of the brain, containing ~100 billion neurons, each one of which has ~6000 connections to other neurons, and arranged into interacting neural networks makes it an exciting frontier area of exploration in health and in illness. Recent billion euro investments in Europe and US into brain research reflect the enormous importance and costs of brain disorder both directly to the economy and indirectly in terms of the level of disability experienced by individuals and their families. As the populations of western countries continues to age, a detailed understand of how brain structure and function changes will continue to be enormously important to a future generation of clinical and academics.

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Above: Recent graduates of the MSc in Clinical Neuroscience celebrating their success with Dr. David Mothersill (2018)


Employment & 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.

"For more than 50 years, Janssen has pioneered new treatments for mental illness that have revolutionised schizophrenia management and transformed the lives of thousands of patients. We are passionate about helping patients with high unmet needs, and are at the forefront of psychiatry research that seeks to understand and treat this psychiatric disorder effectively.
The new and exciting MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at NUI Galway will equip graduates with a set of core skills in the field of clinical neuroscience that will provide them with a highly marketable and transferrable combination of neuroscience skills, as well as experience of applying these skills in neuroscience research, before entering a world of academia, medicine and industry.
It will also provide students with an exceptional learning environment, where they can excel and capitalise on the strength of the  NUI Galway neuroscience community. This reputable hub of multidisciplinary research and teaching aims to improve student¹s understanding of the brain, how it works and how new therapies and diagnoses can play an important role in the prevention and treatment of diseases like Schizophrenia, Parkinson¹s, Alzheimer¹s, and Depression."

 - Dr Leisha Daly, Country Director, Janssen, the pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson

 Student feedback on the course

"I have truly loved every minute of this course and feel like it has provided me with the necessary neuroanatomical, pharmacological and genetic knowledge needed to understand the complex topics of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. This course is taught by lectures who are incredibly talented in these areas and truly passion about what they do which only motivates me further to learn more from them. After completing this MSc in Clinical Neuroscience, I hope to pursue a career as a neuroscientist; using neuroimaging techniques to investigate the biological underpinnings of psychiatric disorders such as bipolar and psychosis. " - Laura Costello, MSc. Clinical Neuroscience Student 2016/2017
"The course is quite challenging, but appropriately so. It has probably been the most rewarding and engaging educational experience of my life" - Evan Hunt, MSc Clinical Neuroscience Student

"I would happily recommend the Clinical Neuroscience masters to anyone finishing an undergraduate psychology degree who has an interest in either clinical psychology or neuroscience. I have found the course to be very engaging with a fascinating range of modules which come together cohesively to give a solid grounding in the most clinically relevant aspects of neuroscience." - Chris Grogan, MSc Clinical Neuroscience Student

Program 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).

Clinical Neuroscience Main

Modules include:

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


The course will be delivered by internationally recognized 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. 


Guidelines on the requirement for applying to this course, which include an academic reference, a current CV, and a personal statement of motivation, can be found at: 


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