The aims of the intercalated BSc in Neuroscience are to teach you how the brain functions, from the level of single neurones to complex networks and systems, both in health and disease and the drugs used to treat these disorders. It will stand you in excellent stead for your future career, whatever branch of medicine you choose to specialise in.

You will be taught by active researchers, with world-class expertise in their fields. Much of the content will be at the cutting edge of scientific investigation and relevant to the elucidation and treatment of a variety of disease states affecting the nervous system.

We received an excellent review in the last Periodic Review exercise. Our external examiner complemented our "dedication to students", the “breadth of our programme” and “our assessment methods”. Previous intercalating students rated the programme highly. Many students carrying out laboratory projects have been included on scientific publications, giving a significant boost to their medical careers. These include single author publications in the Bioscience Horizons journal and students have also presented their work at national meetings.

Course content

Topics covered include Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, neuronal networks, psychopharmacology, the neural basis of cognitive behaviours such as emotion and many more. You will gain an understanding of these topics from a pharmacological, neuroanatomical, physiological and molecular biological viewpoint.

The programme will:

  • provide you with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the major areas of neuroscience, with a detailed appreciation of some specialist areas.
  • provide you with knowledge of current neuroscience techniques and methodologies, with hands on practical experience of some of these;
  • require you to undertake an individual research project;
  • provide opportunities to develop competency in transferable skills, including the ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate data; acquire and integrate information, and use information to solve problems;
  • provide appropriate support and guidance;
  • provide high quality learning resources to support the objectives of the programme.

Research Project
Students can only apply for neuroscience focused projects. Some titles of projects offered recently by members of the Neuroscience programme team undertaken by neuroscience students (intercalating or otherwise):
• "Mechanisms of respiratory rhythm generation"
• "Mechanisms of acute/chronic pain and analgesia"
• "Trigeminal system and chronic oro-facial pain"
• "The genetic basis of neurological disorders"
• "Does diet during early life influence brain development?"
• "Properties of neuronal circuits underlying control of heart rate and blood pressure"
• "Regulation of ion channels by G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) in sensory neurons."
• "Recording ion channel activity in Alzheimer’s disease brains."
• "Stem cell differentiation and development"

Course structure

Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Learning and teaching


Teaching will be through lectures, practical classes, seminars, small group teaching, tutorials and a research project. Assessment is similarly varied, including in-course assessment (formative and summative) and written examinations. The in course assessment exercises include tests of practical skills, essay writing, data manipulation and problem solving. The research project will be assessed throughout the project and on the final written report. Degree classification will be based upon the marks obtained in each of the component modules, with the appropriate credit weighting applied.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

Other course specific tests:

Successful completion of the first two years of an MBChB programme at UK Universities or international equivalent. For international students proof of English Language proficiency will be required. In line with undergraduate medicine we require a minimum of English GCSE grade B or IELTS 7.5.

How to apply

Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £19,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

The course is designed to give you a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding year which will add significantly to your skills, knowledge, and enhance your career opportunities on graduation.

The course allows full integration with existing science based BSc courses and the chance of a substantive research project.

In addition to providing subject-specific knowledge, we equip you with the best possible skills for future careers. There is a strong emphasis on practical based teaching, small group teaching, online learning and problem solving. You will gain a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. You will be ideally placed to focus on your personal development and make the most of your intercalating year.

Careers support