Computer Science and Neuroscience - BSc (Hons)

Combine skills in science, computing and research to explore the fascinating complexity of the human brain and contribute to the creation of technologies that can help people living with neurological disorders. From face tracking software used to diagnose neurological pathologies to virtual environments to treat phobias, the endless applications of computer science and neuroscience will prepare you to enter a variety of rewarding careers.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • BG14

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Computer Science and Neuroscience at Keele University?

Top 20 in the UK for Neuroscience (Guardian University League Table, 2021)
Use a wide variety of industry-standard equipment including supercomputer facilities, a VR lab and a Maker Space
This programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for students who specialise in Neuroscience in their final year
Develop core practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories (CSL)
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Accreditation and professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology if you choose to specialise in Neuroscience in your final year. If you choose to specialise in Computer 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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Sarah, Computer Science

"My degree has helped me become a part time coding tutor, teaching young minds how to code. It has also helped me get on to the master’s course I am studying right now. I chose Keele because of the campus, and because of the AI modules. The department has great opportunities, as well as great staff who are very understanding and helpful."

Sarah, Computer Science

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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 School of Life Sciences"

Ryan, Neuroscience and Psychology

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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. 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.

The Keele Foundation Year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Neuroscience degree. For example, Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming will introduce you to the key principles of Computer Science and programming, while Advancing Programming will allow you to hone these skills in an individual project, all of which will be useful in your degree and professional career. In addition, the Advancing Life Sciences module looks at biological structures at different levels of organisation and how they can be influenced by internal and external sources. You will see how threats can be identified, managed or eliminated, both in theory and in hands-on practicals. All of the modules you take will prove useful in your degree and professional career. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

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 modules

FYO-00275 Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming 15 credits
FYO-00211  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  15 credits

Semester two modules

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

 

Entry requirements

  • 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 Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above 

How to apply 

Applicants will need to apply for Computer Science with Foundation Year (UCAS code: G401) through UCAS at www.ucas.com. You will then be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team. 

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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