Neuroinformatics MSc

12 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000
International: full time £15,490 part time fees

More information is available about Tuition Fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The MSc in Neuroinformatics is a one-year advanced Master's programme designed for students who have a good degree in the biological sciences or the physical sciences (computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering). It provides the specialist skills in core neuroinformatics (such as computing and biology) with a significant focus on the development of research skills.

The programme aims to equip its graduates with the necessary skills to contribute to biologically realistic simulations of neural activity and developments that are rapidly becoming the key focus of neuroinformatics research.

This interdisciplinary programme is based in the School of Computing Science and taught jointly with the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the School of Biology, and the institutes of Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Genetic Medicine and Neuroscience.

Prior experience with computers or computer programming is not required. The programme is ideal for students aiming for careers in industry or academia.


The programme is made up of compulsory and optional modules and a research project. 

Compulsory modules typically include: introductory programming for biologists; modelling cellular systems; neuroinformatics; research skills; numeric skills (statistics and mathematics); and gene expression, proteomics and array informatics.

Optional modules cover:  fundamentals of cell and molecular biology; computing for bioinformatics; computational analysis of complex biological systems; comparative and evolutionary genomics; e-science for bioinformatics; and advanced object oriented design and programming.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science discipline, or an MBBS degree with high grades. Practical laboratory work experience is desirable, although not essential.

Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-sections), TOEFL 90 (internet-based),  Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

International applicants require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Admissions Secretary
School of Computing Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8072

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Computer Science.