​Department of Psychiatry

Postgraduate Education

MSc (Neuroscience)​

Stellenbosch University's new MSc (Neuroscience) programme is a research-based programme with no study modules.


This program will train researchers who can contribute toward the biopsychosocial understanding of neuropsychiatric disorders and develop much-needed research capacity in neuroscience in South Africa.


This programme is a distinct offering from many other programs in that it represents an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty research programme, which will draw on expertise in various fields to create a comprehensive research programme, yielding globally competitive Master's students.


Programme Details

The programme will be administered by the Department of Psychiatry.

Duration: Two calendar years on a full-time basis

Programme StructureThis is a research-based degree programme with no study modules. The programme consists of a research project, thesis and project presentation.

Assessment and examination:

  • ​Progress is monitored continuously by the supervisor.
  • ​You must complete a research project, present the results in a thesis and deliver a project presentation.
  • ​The thesis is assessed according to University guidelines by an internal and external examiner.
  • The final mark is calculated from the marks obtained for the research project (supervisor's mark), thesis (internal and external examiners) and project presentation.
  • You must obtain 50% to pass and 75% to pass with distinction.

Admission and Selection requirements

The specific admission requirements for an MSc include an average final mark of more than 60% in one of the following qualifications from a recognized tertiary training institution:

​4-year Bachelor's degree (NQF level 8) or Honour's degree (NQF level 8) in a field relevant to neuroscience e.g. Medicine, BSc Honours in Genetics, Physiology, Biochemistry, Psychology or Engineering.

The application deadline is by 30 September for registration in the subsequent year.


​Student Administrator: Mary Pienaar

Email: maryp@sun.ac.za

Programme coordinator: Prof Sian Hemmings

E-mail: smjh@sun.ac.za​