Neuroscience (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Course Overview

Explore the mystery of the human brain: the central nervous system, the impact of drugs upon it, and the molecular biology of diseases and disorders of the brain.

Study Neuroscience at Keele and you’ll learn how the brain works – andwhy it sometimes doesn’t. You’ll discover how we learn and remember, how our brains control our body, and how the brain regenerates and repairs itself. You could study interesting disciplines such as neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology and neuropathology. Single honours Neuroscience enables you to focus your studies on an in-depth coverage of a wide range of Neuroscience topics. If you choose dual honours Neuroscience you will combine the key principals of Neuroscience with the ability to choose specific areas of the subject that may interest you. Working in diverse ways, including in our superb labs, you’ll develop your independent research skills as you learn to acquire, interpret and analyse data from multiple sources. You’ll also understand how neuroscience can help us understand medical problems and improve the quality of life.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Neuroscience. 

First year

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Neuroscience

Optional core modules:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Human Physiology and Pathology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Neurophysiology
  • Metabolism: Major Metabolic Pathways
  • Cells and Organelles: Biochemical Aspects of Cell Biology

Second year

Core modules:

  • Neuroscience Research Methods

Optional core modules:

  • From Neurone to Brain
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Learning and Memory
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Endocrinology and Cell Signalling
  • Life Sciences Study Abroad*

*For students who study a semester abroad. 

Third year

Optional core modules:

  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease
  • Special Senses
  • Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous System
  • Current Topics in Neuroscience
  • Life Sciences Double Experimental Research Project ISP 
  • Double Applied Life Sciences Placement ISP**
  • Life Sciences Non-Experimental Project ISP
  • Life Sciences Dissertation ISP 

**For students who have completed the Placement Year between second and third year. 

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Neuroscience.

First year

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Neuroscience

Optional core modules:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Metabolism: Major Metabolic Pathways*
  • Human Physiology and Pathology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Cells and Organelles: Biochemical Aspects of Cell Biology*

Second year

Core modules:

  • Research and Analytical Skills – Study Abroad students only

Optional core modules:

  • From Neurone to Brain
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Neuroanatomy*
  • Life Sciences Study Abroad
  • Life Sciences Study Abroad III
  • Life Science Study Abroad IV
  • Learning and Memory
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Endocrinology and Cell Signalling*

Third year

Core modules:

  • Life Sciences Single Experimental Project Independent Study Project (ISP)

Optional core modules:

  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease
  • Special Senses
  • Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous System
  • Current Topics in Neuroscience
  • Life Sciences Double Experimental Research Project ISP
  • Applied Life Sciences Placement ISP
  • Double Applied Life Sciences Placement ISP
  • Life Sciences Non-Experimental Project ISP
  • Life Sciences Dissertation ISP

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Neuroscience.

First year

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Neuroscience

Optional core modules: 

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Metabolism: Major Metabolic Pathways*
  • Human Physiology and Pathology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Cells and Organelles: Biochemical Aspects of Cell Biology*

Second year

Core modules:

  • Research and Analytical Skills – Study Abroad students only

Optional core modules: 

  • From Neurone to Brain
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Neuroanatomy*
  • Life Sciences Study Abroad
  • Life Sciences Study Abroad III
  • Life Science Study Abroad IV
  • Learning and Memory
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Endocrinology and Cell Signalling*

Third year

Optional core modules:

  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease
  • Special Senses
  • Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous System
  • Current Topics in Neuroscience
  • Life Sciences Single Experimental Project Independent Study Project (ISP)
  • Life Sciences Double Experimental Research Project ISP
  • Applied Life Sciences Placement ISP
  • Double Applied Life Sciences Placement ISP
  • Life Sciences Non-Experimental Project ISP
  • Life Sciences Dissertation ISP

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 30%
  • Guided independent study – 70%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 25%
  • Guided independent study – 75% 

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 18%
  • Guided independent study – 82%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Your degree will open up exciting careers in sectors as varied as healthcare, scientific
research, pharmacology, IT, publishing and more. You might choose to work as a
research scientist in academia or the drug industry, or work as a clinical neuroscientist in the hospital sector. With or without further study, you might go on to become a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, doctor, pharmacologist or systems analyst. If you choose to do a four year course, with a year’s industrial placement, you’ll have the added benefit of significant work experience to offer to employers.

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Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

Dual Honours Course can be combined with:

CoursesUCASCoursesUCAS
Accounting: NB41 Geology: BF16
American Studies: BT17 Human Geography: BL17
Biochemistry: BC17 Human Resource Management: BN16
Chemistry: BF11 International Relations: BLC2
Computer Science: BG14 Law: BM11
Criminology: BM19 Mathematics: BG11
Economics: BL11 Media, Communications and Culture: PB31
Educational Studies: BX13 Medicinal Chemistry: BFC1
English: BQ13 Music Technology: BW13
Environmental Studies: F9B4 Physical Geography: BFC8
Finance: BN13 Politics: BL12
Forensic Science: FB41 Psychology: BC18
Geography: BF18    

Major and Foundation course available:

CourseUCAS
Neuroscience (Major):
Please indicate your choice of second subject (chosen from those listed above)
B140
Neuroscience Single Honours (subject to final approval by the University): B141
Neuroscience with Science Foundation Year:

This four-year degree course is designed for students who wish to
study Neuroscience but
lack the necessary background qualifications.

B143

 

 

Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Neuroscience with Foundation Year: B143 View KIS Stats

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the Neuroscience Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if you study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF) Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Neurophysiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Human Physiology and Pathology

Second year

  • Neuroscience Research Methods
  • Neurone to Brain
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Neuroanatomy*

Third year

  • Experimental Research Project
  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous System
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease

*Modules only available for single honours students

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.

For Dual Honours courses, other combinations are available
Robert Guardia

Robert Guardia

"The labs were fun and I learnt a lot from them. I am really pleased with the course as a whole and the lecturers were always approachable and helpful"