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.
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 first two years of the course are designed to help students 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 students' understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders, molecular neurobiology and research. During the last year of the course students will also have an opportunity to study a topic of their 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.
This module begins the process of developing the skills required by employers and to become an autonomous and lifelong learner. It also aims to provide students with an introduction to the physical and mathematical principles that underpin the concepts of instrumentation used in neuroscience. A further aim is to provide students with a forum to explore current trends in neuroscience and their impact on wider society.
This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of the pathological processes associated with dysfunction of the nervous system.
The module is designed to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of key concepts and theories related to the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system.
The module aims to provide students 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.
The module aims to provide the students with 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.
This module aims provide the student with a solid foundation in neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography (EEG) and visual evoked potentials (VEP).
The module aims to give students 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 students 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 explored. Understanding of these is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars, consisting of problem-solving activities.
This module will build on the skills the student has acquired when undertaking the Research Methods and Professional Practice module, and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme to date. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. Students 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 own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered.
This module aims to provide students with 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-base training by providing a description of normal and abnormal EEG.
The module will build on earlier learning, enabling the student 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.
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.
This module aims to further deepen the student's understanding of neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography (EEG) and visual evoked potentials (VEP). The module will also develop an ability to interpret normal and abnormal electroencephalogram. The module also provides student with an overview of other investigative procedures used in clinical practice.
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 students' development of critical thinking, independent learning, and research planning.
The module aims:
The module explores relationships between mind and body, conscious and unconscious mental life, the potential of psychology to help people to become more creative and fulfilled, and aims to develop students' understanding of mental health issues and the clinical/therapeutic debates in this field.
The Neuroscience programme combines clinical skills and laboratory classes with lectures, and seminars. You will work on problem-solving exercises, analyse case studies, and take part in class discussions and presentations. In addition some work will be done in groups.
An important part of the course involves undertaking your research project in your final year, so throughout the degree you will undertake personal study in your free time in preparation for this.
Assessment comes through a combination of written assignments, posters and oral presentations, portfolio and laboratory reports, project work, research, practical and written examinations.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects including Science
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects in biology, chemistry, forensic science, laboratory and industrial science, or medical science.
Access to HE Diploma in: Applied Science, Clinical Physiology, Human or life sciences, medical or paramedical science or science.
Pass with 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
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You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email us.
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.
Graduates could also follow a career in education, as clinical scientists working for the NHS or as sales representatives for biomedical or bioscience companies.
Further academic study is also an option. Graduates may choose either an MSc or PhD at universities across the UK or abroad.The transferrable skills gained during the degree also open up wide range of other career paths.
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