Data Science and Neuroscience - BSc (Hons)

Combine the fascinating complexity of neuroscience with the exciting field of data science to gain new insight into how the brain controls our body. From discovering statistical patterns in large datasets that can contribute to the discovery of cures for illnesses such as Alzheimer's, to creating better simulations of the brain for training neurology students - our Data Science and Neuroscience BSc will equip you with the analytical, problem-solving and computational skills to advance health in a variety of careers.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • GB41

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Data Science and Neuroscience at Keele University?

Put your learning into practice using real-world data in our state-of-the-art £34m Central Science Laboratories (CSL)
Gain practical experience of human neural anatomy in Keele Medical School's Anatomy Suite
All necessary knowledge in mathematics, statistics and coding is provided within relevant modules
This programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for students who specialise in Neuroscience in their final year
Engage with our partners in industry to tackle real-world problems
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Accreditation and professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for students who specialise in Neuroscience in their final year. If you choose to specialise in Data Science, there is no accreditation available. 

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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Ryan, Neuroscience and Psychology

"I gained invaluable experience working in Malaysia on a three month research project which was secured by way of application and interview with the department of Life Sciences. "

Ryan, Neuroscience and Psychology

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Central Science Laboratories

Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

Our combined honours foundation year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Data Science and Neuroscience degree. For example, For example, the Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming module will introduce you to the key principles of Computer Science and programming. Meanwhile, the Foundations of Life Sciences module looks at basic cell biology in terms of structure and function and goes on to examine how cells obtain their energy for example, by photosynthesis, and raw materials, for example via the nitrogen cycle.

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester one

FYO-00275 Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming 15 credits
FYO-00197 Foundations of Life Sciences 15 credits
FYO-00211 Foundations in Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Scientists 15 credits
FYO--00185 Practical and Academic Skills in Science 15credits

Semester two

FYO-00225 Advancing Programming 15 credits
FYO-00199 Advancing Life Sciences 30 credits
FYO-00227 Advancing Computing: Client-Led Collaborative Design 15 credits

Entry requirements

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or 
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above

How to apply 

Applicants should apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com 

Please apply for the Data Science with Foundation Year course (G422). Following the submission of your application you will be contacted by a member of our team to confirm your second subject.

Direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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Discover the Keele difference

Everything’s on your doorstep at Keele, and you’ll soon feel at home and make friends wherever you go.

We help students manage their money and ensure that they receive any funding for which they may be eligible.

Make yourself more employable after graduation by taking advantage of the whole host of additional opportunities.