Neuroscience and Psychology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

 At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Neuroscience and Psychology.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.

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UCAS code: BC18

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You’ll graduate with a Psychology degree accredited by the British Psychological Society, plus in-depth knowledge of the neurological basis of human behaviour.

Course Overview

For the Neuroscience element of the course, you will 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 – and why 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.

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.

For the Psychology element of this course, you will be taught by staff who are actively engaged in research with specialisms in social psychology, developmental psychology, cognition and neuropsychology, biological psychology health and wellbeing and a range of applied areas. The emphasis of the course is on understanding how psychology impacts on everyday life; from developing a sense of self and negotiating personal relationships to influencing judgments about matters of global significance, such as climate change. At Keele we aim to produce psychology graduates who are ready to use their psychology skills and knowledge to make a real difference.

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.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. By completing a Psychology course, you are taking the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and a requirement for further study and training for a career in psychology. You could take up any number of very interesting careers in psychology, perhaps working as a neuropsychologist or as a clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, occupational or sports psychologist. Whatever path you choose in your working life, the Keele Psychology degree aims to develop a psychological perspective on human behaviour which is valued in a huge range of careers. Many of our graduates choose to pursue exciting careers beyond psychology, including in education, health, social care, management, marketing and many more.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Neurophysiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Human Physiology and Pathology
  • Individuals and Society
  • Research Methods
  • Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural: the Psychology of Unusual Phenomena
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Applied Psychology

Second year

  • Neuroscience Research Methods
  • Neurone to Brain
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Development and Social Psychology
  • Survey and Qualitative Methods
  • Biological Psychology, Perception and Cognition
  • Cognitive and Biological Research Methods
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Social Psychology in the Modern World

Third year

  • Experimental Research Project
  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous System
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease
  • Psychology Project
  • Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology
  • Culture and Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology