Welcome to Neuroscience at Keele
Our graduating Keele Neuroscience students often comment that they have found the Neuroscience programme to be an interesting, fun and challenging experience. I hope that as you commence and progress through your studies you enjoy a similarly shared experience.
Interest in neurological mechanisms and disorders is enjoying an exciting period of attention in the media. Some of you will arrive at Keele with a clear idea of specific elements of neuroscience you find interesting, whilst others will develop these interests during their progression through the degree. During this exciting time in your lives the Neuroscience team will be there to support your learning and encourage you through discovery of the many exciting developments in neuroscience.
On behalf of the Neuroscience teaching team, I look forward to meeting you as we commence the new academic year, and look forward to supporting you through your studies.
Dr Michael Evans
Neuroscience Programme Director
Neuroscience is a very broad subject, with coverage over the range of tertiary level topics. You are not expected to arrive with a detailed knowledge of neuroscience; simply an interest in developing your knowledge in this fascinating subject. Much of your first year will be dedicated to establishing foundation principles in neuroscience and associated subjects. However, should you feel keen to get started on your understanding of the subject the following textbooks are used as key reading through the first two years of the course:
Barker, R.A., Cicchetti, F., and Neal M.J. (2012) Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance. 4thedition. Wiley-Blackwell, London.
Nicholls, J.G., Martin, et al (2011) From Neuron to Brain. 5th edition. Sinauer, Boston.
It is not essential that you buy a copy of these books, as they are available at the campus library. However, you may find it convenient to have your own copy.
Other essential equipment to bring:
A basic scientific calculator (however this should not be a programmable one, as programmable calculators are not allowed in examinations).
Basic drawing equipment, including coloured pens and pencils, a ruler and a stapler.
As some of your coursework will need to be submitted electronically, and whilst there are plenty of computers available across the campus, you may find it useful to have your own computer. As a student you are eligible for versions of Microsoft Software at greatly reduced prices, so it would be advisable to wait until you have registered before buying software licences. You should also ensure that you have some method of backing up your work (eg memory stick, external drive, cloud storage) to accommodate for instances where computing equipment malfunctions or is stolen.
When you arrive at Keele to study Neuroscience, both Single and Combined Honours, you will spend the first week getting to know your way around and being introduced to the people, places and protocols that will be important to you over the next three (or more) years. Important dates will be placed here when finalised:
Monday 30/09/2019 from 12.00-13.00 Welcome to the School in HUX015
Monday 30/09/2019 from 13.00-14.00 Programme Welcome in HUX015
Thursday 03/10/2019 from 10.00-13.00 Lab Introduction SH in HUX126
Thursday 03/10/2019 from 14.00-17.00 Lab Introduction in HUX217
Neuro level 4 introductory talk (PDF file)
A great way to judge a course is by the results and opinions of those who have completed it. Here's the inside scoop from students who were asked their opinion on the course:
“I really liked Neurobiology of brain disease, and the opportunity to work with real human brains at the medical school was really good. Overall the course was interesting and challenging.” Judith Fosbraey
“In a nutshell it was what I expected: challenging, rewarding and a valuable academic experience. Practical classes were a fun way to learn key analytical techniques that are essential to neuroscience. Individual study projects proposed a challenge which required high levels of organisation and a great feeling on completion!”
“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” Robert Guardia
“The dissection project was fantastic and I really enjoyed it and the guest lecturers helped with adding addition background and context to the course.” Gaby Quinn
“I loved the third year neurobiology of brain disease modules and the first year genetics module, but you need to be able to time manage, especially in third year!”
“The course provides a good basis upon which one could build on in further education. The course covered a lot of general biology along with neuroscience, enabling students to venture into other areas/future degrees”
“An interesting course and the lab work was fun although sometimes a bit challenging. Neuroscientists/School of Life Sciences are friendly and always made you feel it was OK if you didn’t understand something and would offer help.” Charli Wicks
“It was excellent. Over the three years there have been some hard modules as well as some easier ones, but they have all been interesting with hard but fair assessments. I have enjoyed all aspects of the Neuroscience course.” A. R.
Feel free to contact the Neuroscience Programme Director, Dr Michael Evans or your Personal Tutor, if you have any specific questions. Always give your year, course and if relevant, specific module information.