Neuroscience 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Whilst studying Neuroscience, 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
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: B141

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Royal Society of Biology This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year's free membership of they Royal Society of Biology; thereby opening up networks at a time when you are perhaps applying for your first employment.

Course Overview

Single honours Neuroscience enables you to focus your studies on an in-depth coverage of a wide range of Neuroscience topics. If you choose to study Neuroscience with another subject (combined honours) you will combine the key principels 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 independent research skills as you learn to acquire, interpret and analyse data from multiple sources. You will also understand how neuroscience can help us understand medical problems and improve the quality of life. Your degree will open up exciting careers in sectors as varied as healthcare, scientific research, pharmacology, IT, publishing and more.

What will this mean for my future?

In 2016, Keele University was recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from the Higher Education survey. 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 further training, you could 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.

Indicative modules

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

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

120

0

0

0

0

2

120

0

0

0

0

3

120

0

0

0

0

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Introduction to Neuroscience

30

None

 

Physiology and Anatomy

30

   

Biochemistry

30

   

Molecular Cell Biology

30

   

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules*

Credits

Optional modules**

Credits

Neuroscience Research Methods

30

Study Abroad Modules

60

Neuron to Brain

15

Research and Analytical Skills

15

Neurodevelopment

15

   

Neuroanatomy

15

   

Learning and Memory

15

   

Neuropharmacology

15

   

Cell Signalling

15

   

*Students not taking the Study Abroad option must choose all compulsory modules = 120 credits

**These modules are taken by Study Abroad students in place of Neuroscience Research Methods.

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Behavioural Neuroscience

15

None

 

Brain Disease

15

   

Special Senses

15

   

Current Research Topics in Neuroscience

15

   

Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous System

15

   

Life Sciences Double Experimental
Project (with Research Skills Assessment)

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement
***

30

 

30

   

Life Sciences Non-Experimental Project

Or

Life Sciences Dissertation

15

 

15

   

*** The Double Applied Life Sciences Placement module may replace Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) if the nature of the placement is deemed suitable and the work carried out meets the criteria of the research project module. If a student fails the Life Sciences Double Experimental Project module (or the alternative Double Applied Life Science Placement module) but has it condoned, then they will not be eligible for an RSB accredited degree, but shall instead be eligible for the award BSc Studies in Neuroscience








Ryan Stanyard

Ryan Stanyard

"I gained invaluable experience working in Malaysia during the summer of 2017 on a three month research project which was secured by way of application and interview with the department of Life Sciences..."

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