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    Hi,

    I've been offered a place for Kings MSc in Neuroscience and Goldsmiths MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. I'm having a really hared time choosing between them because they cover very different subject matter but I'm interested in both.

    Has anyone done the Goldsmiths course? I know that Kings is the 'obvious' choice due to reputation etc. But I worry that it would be closing the door on he more 'psychological' aspects of neuroscience, which it seems Goldsmiths covers more of. On the other hand, I worry that Goldsmiths may not be as good an investment in terms of propelling a myself into a strong research career.

    Any comments? I'm especially interested in hearing from people who have done the Goldsmiths course and can give me some honest thoughts on its pros and cons.

    Thanks.
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    Did you ever decide between the two? I'm looking at both uni's too and also would love some advice
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    Hello,

    I have had a place offered at Kings MSc in Neuroscience and Goldsmiths MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (2:1 for both), which I am extremely excited about. However, I have EXACTLY the same problem you were stating. I see you've posted in 2011 and was wondering if you would be able to give me any good advice.

    I was fixed on Kings College, but I know realise it has a very hardcore biological component. However, as you mentioned I would like to keep the 'psychological' aspects of the Neuroscience.


    Thanks in advance for your help!
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    (Original post by Mel_Diss)
    Hello,

    I have had a place offered at Kings MSc in Neuroscience and Goldsmiths MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (2:1 for both), which I am extremely excited about. However, I have EXACTLY the same problem you were stating. I see you've posted in 2011 and was wondering if you would be able to give me any good advice.

    I was fixed on Kings College, but I know realise it has a very hardcore biological component. However, as you mentioned I would like to keep the 'psychological' aspects of the Neuroscience.


    Thanks in advance for your help!
    May I ask why you didn't apply for Neuropsychology? It's basically neuroscience but with a stronger emphasis on psychological impact? If you're interested in a research career in neuroscience then I'd probably go for the course with the strong biological component as you're bound to encounter at some point.
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    Hi,

    I ended up doing the KCL Neuroscience course, so obviously I can't offer any opinions on the Goldsmith's one. However, the King's course is fantastic. It does have a very large, very challenging, biological component. But in the second term you can choose a specialist module, one of the options being Cognitive Neuroscience, which I did. - so you can geek out to all the psychological stuff then. I'm not going to pretend it isn't difficult, because it is, but the way I see it there isn't much point in doing a Master's if it's going to be easy Also, there are really good resources to help you through the trickier stuff (slides and recorded lectures available online to re-watch if you need to).

    I admit I was worried about the hardcore biological side of the course, but I have absolutely no regrets. In fact, it was probably the most fascinating part of the whole course. I haven't and won't use the majority of it in my future career path, but it has given me a really strong basis to understand that side of the field - if you continue in a research career, you'll end up having to read papers which do involve these aspects of neuroscience to some degree, so having this grounding is valuable. The research component is also very strong. It sets you up well for the rigours of the real research environment.

    Anyway, I'm starting to sound like I'm being paid to write this. My advice - if you had your heart set on King's and are just a little worried about the bio side, then I don't think you need to worry unless you have a REALLY strong aversion to it. I don't think I'm a snob, but having King's on your CV does open doors too. That's not to say that doing well at Goldsmith's wouldn't of course. At the end of the day, you'll need to show your potential and the strength of your previous work in any job application, which will be much more important than the name of the university you went to (well, that's what I'd like to think anyway).

    And in case you're wondering, I know a number of people from the course, including myself, who went on to get funding for a PhD. Not everyone who wanted to did, of course, so it's by no means guaranteed.

    Feel free to ask me more specific questions... I'd be happy to answer them
 
 
 
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