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Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics MSc

Our MSc provides specialist expertise in core neuroinformatics (such as computing and biology) focusing on the development of research skills.

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Course suspension

Our Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics MSc is currently suspended. This means that we won’t be able to accept applications.

You can apply for other courses for 2024 entry related to your subject of interest, such as:


Newcastle is among the pioneers of neuroinformatics in the UK. We hosted the £4m EPSRC-funded CARMEN project for managing and processing electrophysiology data. We are currently involved in a £10m EPSRC/Wellcome Trust-funded project. This is on implantable devices for epilepsy patients. We use computer simulations to inform about the stimulation location and protocol.

It equips you with the skills to contribute to biologically realistic simulations of neural activity and developments. These are rapidly becoming the key focus of neuroinformatics research.

As the amount of data in the neurosciences increases, new tools are needed for data storage and management.

These tools include cloud computing and workflows, as well as better descriptions of neuroscience data. Available data can inform computer simulations of neural dynamics and development. Parallel computing and new algorithms are needed to run large-scale simulations. There is high demand within academia as well as within industry involving:

  • healthcare informatics
  • brain-inspired computing
  • brain-inspired hardware architectures

The course is designed for students who have a good degree in the:

  • biological sciences (including medicine)
  • physical sciences (computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering)

We provide a unique, multidisciplinary experience that is essential for understanding neuroinformatics. The course draws together the highly-rated teaching and research expertise from our:

  • School of Computing Science
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

We also have strong links with the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF).

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