Neuroscience BSc (Hons)

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. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five - six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Psychology at UCLan is ranked 2nd in the UK for learning opportunities and 3rd for learning resources - National Student Survey 2019.
  • You’ll be taught by specialists in areas including neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, physiological psychology, cognitive neuroscience and molecular neurobiology.
  • Our custom designed laboratories include the psychophysiology suite, the brain imaging lab, as well as the pharmacy and biomedical labs.
  • Engage in research through paid internships, conferences, publications and grants or part-time research assistant work.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry
  • Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
  • Foundations of Neuroscience
  • Science and Society
  • Introduction to Cell Biology

Year 2

  • Psychological Research 1: Design and Quantitative Methods
  • Cognitive and Physiological Psychology
  • Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience
  • Neurocognitive Development and Disorders
  • Applied Molecular Biology
  • Introduction to Pharmacology and Cell Culture

Year 3

  • Neuroscience Project


  • Brain, Treatments and Behaviour
  • Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques
  • Advanced Approaches to Understanding Behaviour
  • Psychology Placement Module
  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Pathophysiology of the Nervous System

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112-120 UCAS Points including C in Biology or Chemistry.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit  - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112-120 points including 15 level 3 credits at Distinction in Biology or Chemistry.
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112-120 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including HL5 in Biology or Chemistry.
IELTS: 6.0 
GCSE:Maths and English at C/4.

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

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.

At the start of this course you develop basic knowledge and skills in the core areas. Later there is 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 (Year 4 if you started in the Foundation Entry), you extend your practical skills by means of your Neuroscience project and select appropriate specialist modules such as Molecular Neurobiology,  Advanced Approaches to Understanding Behaviour and Neuropsychological disorders and techniques.

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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.

Munirah Bangee

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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 sub-disciplines. 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 staff in areas of psychology and biological sciences.

The academic staff 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), psychobiology (Dr. Belinda Hornby) , pharmacology (Dr. Claire Mellor), and neurobiology (Dr. Martin Clark).

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

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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. 

Excellent Facilities

The superb facilities at UCLan support the extensive experiential learning environment including custom designed laboratories such as; Psychophysiology Suite, Brain Imaging Lab, Pharmacy Labs, Video Observation Suite, Health Psychology Suite, Cognitive Laboratory and the Forensic Laboratories.

Brain Imaging Laboratory (BIL)

Cognitive Psychology Complex (CPC)

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Fantastic Opportunities

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.

What our students say ...

"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."

Kate Clark



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Abbie Tutt

Abbie Tutt

BSc (Hons) Neuroscience, 2018

Since Abbie read a teenage neuroscience book when she was 13, her love for neuroscience has grown. Abbie wanted to find out more about what makes our brains work and how things can go wrong and she knew that one day she wanted to treat those with brain injuries.

Matthew Plummer

Matthew Plummer

BSc (Hons) Neuroscience, 2015

UCLan Neuroscience graduate, Matthew Plummer, has furthered his specialist studies in cognitive psychology as a PhD candidate and associate lecturer at the University of Kent. Matthew received a high grade for his A Level Psychology and wanted to pursue this field as part of his university studies, with specific interest in biological psychology and neuroscience.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Psychology

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.