Dual Master's in Brain and Mind Sciences
- Course duration: two years
- Language of instruction: English
- Course locations: England, France
The Dual Master's in Brain and Mind sciences is an international 2-year programme, offered by University College London and Sorbonne University, to which the Ecole Normale Supérieure - Paris Sciences & Lettres is associated. The overarching educational aim is to give a grounding in Brain & Mind Sciences from a multi-disciplinary perspective and to provide a sound basis for choosing an appropriate doctoral research topic.
The master’s is designed to allow French and foreign students to follow an individualised programme of study through taught modules and research projects in disciplines relevant to the Brain and Mind Sciences. Students choose from a large number of courses proposed by each of the three prestigious partners.
It is a two-year master’s programme:
- Year 1= M1
- Year 2= M2 (Paris)
|M1||Spent in London + research project
After completion of the first year, students graduate with a Brain and Mind Sciences Master’s Degree from UCL.
|M2||Spent in Paris + research project
After completion of the second year, students graduate with a Master’s diploma from Sorbonne University.
- The Dual Masters first year comprises theoretical courses (90 credits*), a library project (30 credits*) and a research project in a laboratory (60 credits*).
- *Credits at UCL do not belong to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
- You can choose courses/modules from different MSc/MA courses.
You must have successfully completed the UCL year (First Year) in order to progress to the Second Year (M2) in Paris.
This second year comprises one semester of courses (30 ECTS) and one semester dedicated to the reseach project (30 ECTS). Each student’s options will be discussed individually at the beginning of the year with the co-directors. Courses can be chosen from a selection of courses of the following masters :
- « M2 BIP parcours Neurosciences » at Sorbonne University
- « Master Sciences de la Vie / IMaLiS, M1 parcours Neurosciences » and « Master Sciences de la Vie / IMaLiS, M2 parcours Neurosciences »
- « Cogmaster » (ENS-PSL-EHESS-Paris Descartes)
Please be aware that in the two latter masters above only a subset of modules are available to the Dual Masters’ students (list available on request).
Students will be registered at Sorbonne University in the Dual Masters track of the M2 BIP Neurosciences.
Entry Requirements & Admissions
Candidates for the Dual Masters should have a Licence/BSc in Life Sciences or another discipline closely-related to the Brain and Mind Sciences such as Cognitive Science or Psychology. You will be required to demonstrate that you have at least some background in cellular biology.Other profiles can be considered with high interest; some cellular biology background is required. During the two years of the Dual Masters the course directors will request that you take at least one course in the cognitive neurosciences and at least one course in the cellular/systems neurosciences.
For French students: We require at least a mean of 13/20 during the Licence; a mean of 14/20 is easier because it is equivalent to a British "2.1" diploma.
For British students: a 1st or 2nd class honors degree is required.
For North American students: A GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0 maximum) is required.
All teaching during Year 1 at UCL is in English. We require proof of competence in English; see the appropriate UCL web page:https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/learning-and-living-ucl/international-students
During Year 2 the majority of courses are taught in French, although somemodules are taught in English. We recommend that candidates have the B1/B2 level on the CEF scale before starting the Dual Masters, and be ready to follow French language courses during their year in London if they are only at B1 level.
Applications are evaluated throughout the spring and early summer.
Documents (all in English) you will need for your application :
- CV-personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular 2-year program
- All previous academic transcripts, with a clear explanation of the grading system, and an official university translation.
- Proof of competence in English(see UCL website for the accepted tests)
- Two reference letters from professors or lab supervisors who know you and your work sufficiently well.