Covering everything from human behaviour and molecular neurobiology to psychiatric disorders and neurogenetics, our BSc Neuroscience gives you the specialist skillset to start your career.
Set in cutting-edge bioanalytical facilities that have had a £3 million revamp, our neuroscience degree will give you an opportunity to study and practice your new skills.
Guided by our teaching staff – who are leading researchers in cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and neuroscience – you’ll explore a range of disciplines as you enhance your understanding of the function and dysfunction of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. You’ll also learn how to carry out a range of specialist procedures and techniques that are used for both research and diagnosis.
You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your employability skills and gain industry experience through a year-long, paid work experience placement.
Our recently revamped bioanalytical laboratories give you access to the next generation of scientific instrumentation for molecular analysis – which is in line with the new focus on protein-hunting in scientific research.
With the help of our expert teaching staff, you’ll get to grips with specialist procedures such as psychophysiological monitoring, electroencephalography (EEG) and brain imaging techniques.
Giving you a specialist skillset that applies to a variety of careers in science and non-science sectors, our neuroscience course opens up career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, clinical research, academia and teaching. It also gives you an ideal foundation for further study in areas such as drug development, neurone and glial cell culture, and molecular neuroscience.
During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in your subject area means they understand how to best support you.
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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.
This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the pathological processes associated with dysfunction of the nervous system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This module aims provide you with a solid foundation in neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography (EEG) and visual evoked potentials (VEP).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
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:
Start: September 2019
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years with work placement, Usually 5 years part-time