Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five - six years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
B140; Short form: BSc/N
Preston (Campus code: U)
Want to understand the cause and treatment for neurological and psychiatric disorders and diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and major depression? Neuroscience is a truly modern and multidisciplinary subject which seeks to understand the most complex organ in the body; the nervous system. Our degree covers pharmacy and biomedical sciences as well as cognitive and physiological psychology. This is one of only a handful of courses that offers this multidisciplinary approach and you’ll learn how the brain and nervous system work to alter behaviour, perception, mood and memory. You’ll be able to tailor your degree in your final year by studying the modules which appeal to you the most and which ultimately you will specialise in, giving you a well-rounded background to further your future career in the Neuroscience field.
112-120 Pts at A2 including Grade C in Biology or Chemistry; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit Applied Science
Access to HE at 112 - 120 Pts including 15 Level 3 Credits at Distinction in Biology or Chemistry Modules.
International Baccalaureate - 28-30P including Grade HL5 in Biology or Chemistry
GCSE Maths & English grade C
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
Neuroscience is literally the 'Science of the Brain'. To attempt to understand how the brain works, it is necessary to study several different disciplines, include Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology and Psychology. Biochemistry enables you to understand how neurons in the brain obtain energy to function normally and how chemical messengers are formed and broken down. In Physiology you will study how neurons work and learn about various different brain structures. Pharmacology involves studying how neurons communicate with each other and how drugs are effective in treating illness. Psychology covers how alterations in the brain may affect your behaviour.
During Year 1, you develop basic knowledge and skills in the core areas. During Year 2, an increased emphasis is placed on specific neuroscience examples, for instance you will learn about identifying different brain regions and techniques for studying the brain. During Year 3, you extend your practical skills by means of your Neuroscience project and in a specialist neuroscience module, and select appropriate specialist modules such as Molecular Biomedicine, Molecular Neurobiology, Immunology and Neuropsychological disorders and techniques.
I found the course both enjoyable and rewarding. The course itself was diverse and covered a number of key topics in this field that were taught to a very high standard. Also, during the course I got the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills and gain widespread knowledge of multi disciplines in Neuroscience.
Until very recently scientists in the field of neuroscience still identified themselves exclusively as neurophysiologists, neurochemists, neuropharmacologists, neuroanatomists or physiological psychologists - definitions which were tied to their training or approach to studying the nervous systems.
It is now common that the questions asked and the methods applied extend beyond the boundaries of the traditional subdisciplines. Conceptual and experimental problems are much less frequently defined exclusively within one particular area, and the pursuit of answers has carried many investigators across traditional disciplinary boundaries, so that there is now a coherent discipline or field of Neuroscience which is defined by a common interest in the workings of the nervous system.
The diversity in the field of Neuroscience is also reflected in the staff teaching the course. Therefore, the Neuroscience programme is taught jointly by the School of Psychology and the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences.
The academic staff in both Schools are experts in their own field of psychology or the life sciences and are actively engaged in their own research which informs their teaching and ensures that the curriculum in the Schools is at the very cutting-edge of the field. Some examples of staff research areas include psychopharmacology and physiological psychology (Dr. Nikola Bridges), neuroimaging and cognitive psychology (Dr. Lea Pilgrim), Dr. Cassie Richardson, Dr. Oliver Kannape and Dr. Peter Moseley, neurochemistry and pharmacology (Dr. Chris Smith) and molecular neurobiology (Dr. Anthony Ashton).
In addition, a majority of academic staff engaged in teaching have been awarded Fellowship status by the Higher Education Academy, the organization responsible for enhancing excellence in teaching in higher education.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
Based in the purpose built Darwin Building, we aim to provide the best possible facilities for our students including specialist teaching and research rooms. The building also includes a state-of-the-art lecture theatre and computer rooms. Our state-of-the-art practical and research laboratories constantly evolve to ensure they are in line with modern practice.
You will be taught by academics that produce first-class research. Much of our research in the last Research Assessment Exercise was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’.
You will enjoy visits from guest speakers as well as renowned scientists in their field; previous speakers have included Prof. Richard Dawkins, Sir Nicholas Humpfrey and Prof. Bruce Hood.
Year 1 is assessed by coursework and Multiple Choice Question exams; Year 2 through coursework, MCQ and essay exams; Year 3 through coursework or essay exams and the project.
The superb facilities at UCLan support the extensive experiential learning environment including custom designed laboratories such as :
This degree could lead to a career in science teaching, science writing, private research and lab work. There is an option of a placement module and many students take this up and work either in labs, rehabilitation centres, or brain rehabilitation. Neuroscience graduates may wish to continue studying for a further degree, pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry or hospitals, or train to become a science teacher.
You can engage further in research through a paid internship, participate in research conferences, research publications and research grants or work as a part-time research assistant. Our current students regularly publish themselves or become members of the editorial panel to ‘Diffusion’, UCLan’s own undergraduate research journal.
I really enjoyed the course as the teaching was excellent and the assessment methods gave me a wide range of transferable skills. My experience at UCLan has led me to study for a PhD in cancer research.