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Neuroscience BSc Honours

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Code
B14A
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
4 years with a placement
Usually 6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Babis Magoulas

The BSc Neuroscience degree covers a wide range of disciplines, giving students the extensive practical and theoretical experience needed for a wide range of careers including clinical research and the pharmaceutical industry.

Why study the BSc Neuroscience at Middlesex University?

Students studying Neuroscience at Middlesex examine the function and dysfunction of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves – training in a number of different disciplines. This includes human behaviour, molecular neurobiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neurological and psychiatric disorders, and neurogenetics.

During the degree you will learn how to carry out specialist procedures such as psychophysiological monitoring, electroencephalography (EEG) and brain imaging techniques, which are used in both research and the diagnosis of neurological disorders. There is also the opportunity to spend a year working in industry between the second and third years.

The degree is particularly appropriate if you are interested in a career in the pharmaceutical industry or clinical research, as it prepares you for further study in drug development, neurone and glial cell culture, and molecular neuroscience. The broad specialised and personal skills gained by this programme can be applied to a variety of careers in science or non-science sectors, including academia, teaching and the Public Sector

Course highlights

  • A recent £3 million investment into state-of-the-art bioanalytical laboratories for teaching and research means our facilities rival the UK's leading medical schools
  • Boost your employability skills by spending your third year working on an industry placement with the support of our Employability Service
  • Our laboratories provide the next generation of scientific instrumentation for molecular analysis – in line with the new focus on protein-hunting rather than gene-hunting in scientific research
  • Learn from the expertise of our teaching staff who are leading researchers in cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and neuroscience
  • As a student of this course you will receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Neuroscience?

The first two years of the course are designed to help you gain a good grasp of the essential skills and theory in cognitive neuroscience, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neurological and psychiatric disorders and research. After the second year, it is then possible to undertake a year-long work placement in an area related to the course.

The final year further develops and deepens your understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders, molecular neurobiology and research. During the last year of the course, you will also have an opportunity to study a topic of your own choice related to neuroscience as part of the negotiated learning optional module – such as neural networks, sports neuroscience and neurorehabilitation. Other optional modules available in the final year include studies in the field of either clinical neurophysiology or psychology.

What will you gain?

As well as developing an in-depth knowledge of the subject, you will also gain an understanding of the nervous system, the brain, and neurological diseases and disorders. You will have developed your cognitive skills and be able to critically evaluate research evidence, solve physiological and clinical problems, appraise and synthesise information, and reflect on your own learning and practice. You will be able to present and communicate ideas and research projects, along with a wide range of investigative techniques. You will also have gained graduate skills which will include working collaboratively, having an autonomous and reflective approach to life long learning, the ability to use information technologies, and you will be able to demonstrate problem-based skills.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Contemporary Neuroscience and Professional Development (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module begins the process of developing the skills required by employers and to become an autonomous and lifelong learner. It also aims to introduce the physical and mathematical principles that underpin the concepts of instrumentation used in neuroscience. A further aim is to provide a forum to explore current trends in neuroscience and their impact on wider society.

    • Introduction to Neurology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the pathological processes associated with dysfunction of the nervous system.

    • Foundation Neuroscience (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module is designed to provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of key concepts and theories related to the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system.

    • Foundation Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the five core areas of Psychology as set down by the BPS, Cognitive, Social, Biological Basis, Developmental and Individual Differences. In addition, you will also explore ideas concerned with definitions of Psychology and how Psychology developed as a separate discipline by considering its historical and philosophical beginnings and current issues.

  • Year 2

    • Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide you with the skills necessary to plan, implement, analyse and report project-based work, with the focus on preparation for the final year project module. The module also develops core research skills fundamental to a scientific research design, irrespective of discipline. Specific research skills include analytical techniques appropriate to neuroscience.

    • Neuropharmacology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide an understanding of the action of therapeutic and recreational drugs on the nervous system. It also provides an appreciation of steps required to develop a new therapeutic drug.

    • Clinical Neurophysiology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims provide you with a solid foundation in neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography (EEG) and visual evoked potentials (VEP).

    • Biological and Cognitive Psychology (30 credits)

      The module gives an overview of the biological bases of behaviour and the cognitive approach to psychology. After initial study of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, attention is focused on aspects of behaviour that have a clear biological component. Through a series of practical laboratory sessions, you will investigate specific central and peripheral nervous system variables and their relation to behaviour. In the second half of the module, the nature of the cognitivist approach to psychology will be outlined and key theories relating to major cognitive faculties will be explored. Understanding of these is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars, consisting of problem-solving activities.

  • Year 3

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired when undertaking the Research Methods and Professional Practice module, and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. You will be enabled to pursue areas of interest in the subject area appropriate to neuroscience and will have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. Personal responsibility for your own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered.

    • Clinical Neurology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will build on earlier learning, enabling you to develop a much deeper understanding of neurology. It also provides a basis for an exploration of neurological disorders at neurogenetic, molecular or cellular level, and an appreciation of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in neurology.

    • Applied Clinical Neurophysiology 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an understanding of the biological basis of electroencephalography (EEG) and pathological processes and the role of EEG in their investigations. The module will also support and develop the work-based training by providing a description of normal and abnormal EEG.

    • Negotiated Learning (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to study topics related to neuroscience and/or to gain relevant work experience to enhance your employability. You will explore and critically discuss your chosen topics or work placement and demonstrate the learning gained, as well as the development of your knowledge and skills. The learning will be located within the university or work placement.

    • Applied Clinical Neurophysiology 2 (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to further deepen your understanding of neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography (EEG) and visual evoked potentials (VEP). The module will develop your ability to interpret normal and abnormal electroencephalogram. The module also presents an overview of other investigative procedures used in clinical practice.

    • Affective Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (30 credits) - Optional

      This module offers advanced level study of topics in the psychology of affective neuroscience and neuropsychology. The module is designed to measure a variety of learning outcomes and to facilitate your development of critical thinking, independent learning, and research planning.

    • Psychology of Language and Communication (30 credits) - Optional

      The module aims introduce key themes, theories, empirical studies and methods to understand processes underlying human communicative systems, in particular language, the acquisition of literacy, and aspects of musical communication. You will be guided towards the identification of key topics and a selected range of problems and questions related with the study of language and communication, and some of its applied implications. You will be encouraged to develop your ability to design study plans or research strategies to deal with them, both individually and jointly with peers and tutors as well as the ability to extend your studies of language and communication in academic or professional contexts.

    • Mental Health, Well-being and Consciousness (30 credits) - Optional

      The module explores relationships between mind and body, conscious and unconscious mental life, and the potential of psychology to help people to become more creative and fulfilled. It aims to develop your understanding of mental health issues and the clinical/therapeutic debates in this field.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BSc Neuroscience support your career?

A wide range of career options are available with a degree in Neuroscience. You could pursue a career working in laboratories or as a clinical researcher at a university, research centre or pharmaceutical firm. You could also follow a career into education, such as a clinical scientist working for the NHS or a sales representative for biomedical or bioscience companies.

Further academic study is also an option and you could choose to study a Masters or a PhD at universities across the UK or abroad.

The programme provides fundamental knowledge which is required for work on the pharmaceutical industry of therapeutics on neurological conditions. The broad, specialised and personal skills gained by this programme can also be applied to a variety of careers in science or non-science sectors such as within:

  • Teaching
  • Public Sector
  • Business and Private sector

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