Overview


Neuroscience is the study of the brain and the nerves that make up the nervous system. The brain controls all bodily activities, ranging from heart rate and sexual function to emotion, learning and memory. Ultimately, it shapes our thoughts, hopes, dreams and imagination. In fact, the brain is what makes us human.

You should study neuroscience at Leeds because we will take you on an amazing journey. You will cover all major areas of neuroscience from the molecular to the clinical/pathological from an anatomical, pharmacological, physiological and molecular biological viewpoint. You will also learn about the disorders of the nervous system such as: neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s), obesity and cardiovascular disease.

This course is designed to give you the best possible start into this fascinating field with its incredibly diverse opportunities, working with researchers at the forefront of their field, and studying questions such as; ‘what is consciousness?’ and ‘how do we form and store memories?’

You will learn about disorders of the nervous system that underlie many current public health problems such as neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease), spinal cord injury and cardiovascular disease.

You will cover all major areas of neuroscience, from the molecular to the clinical/pathological, from an anatomical, pharmacological, physiological and molecular biological viewpoint.

All our degree programmes allow you to undertake a placement year and study abroad year as part of your degree.

Accreditation

This BSc with Industrial Placement Year has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced degree accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders of the future. The advanced accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

Related courses

Human Physiology BSc
Medical Sciences BSc
Pharmacology BSc


Student Profile

Placements

"When I visited the University of Leeds it struck me that the campus had the correct work/life balance and I could see that this was a strong academic institution."

Danielle Ormshaw , BSc Neuroscience


Course content: Neuroscience BSc

Year one will introduce you to the foundations of biomedical sciences, and provide you with a grounding in a wide range of laboratory and transferable skills. Year one is also a great time to explore other subjects, with modules on offer in microbiology, philosophy and psychology.

Year two will see you specialise in more specific topics, learning about areas such as the structure and function of the brain and spinal cord, and the way in which the brain controls the organs of the body. You will also have the option to undertake an industrial placement or study year abroad in between year two and year three (depending on academic performance).

In year three you will study advanced topics in neuroscience, learning about the most cutting-edge issues facing neuroscience today. Alongside this you will also take on the role of researcher, undertaking your own laboratory or literature based research project under the supervision of a leading academic. Upon completing your degree you will have an array of advanced skills that will allow you to stand out in the graduate job market.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

COMPULSORY MODULES

Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 20 credits
Foundations of Biomedical Sciences 40 credits
Biology of the Mind 10 credits
Introduction to Pharmacology 10 credits
Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 2 20 credits
Human Endocrinology 10 credits

Year 2

COMPULSORY MODULES

Neurobiology 20 credits
Experimental Skills 10 credits
Scientific Skills 10 credits
Cognitive Neuroscience: The process underlying cognition 10 credits
Cardio-Respiratory Neuroscience 10 credits
Neuropharmacology 10 credits
Experimental Skills in Neuroscience 10 credits
Topics in Neuroscience 10 credits
Molecular Neuroscience 10 credits

Year 3

COMPULSORY MODULES

Advanced Scientific Skills 20 credits
Advanced Topics in Neuroscience II 20 credits
Research Project in Biomedical Sciences 40 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Neuroscience BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second year will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skill, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts.

A typical week in year one includes twelve hours of lectures, a three hour practical session in the lab, additional tutorial, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.

Year two consists of around eight to ten lectures per week, four hours in the lab either on a single practical or on-going project, additional tutorial, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study time.

In year three you will have around eight lectures per week and tutorial and seminar sessions (Semester One). Your research project will take around three days per week (Semester Two), you will also attend three to six lectures per week, plus private study time.

Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.

Assessment

We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.

Entry requirements, fees and applying: Neuroscience BSc

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA-AAB

Including Biology/Human Biology, or Chemistry plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Science- related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.

Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

GCSE:

Typically Grade B or above at GCSE Maths and Grade C or above at GCSE English.

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Overall pass with 60 credits and a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, with distinctions in at least 30 graded level 3 credits including Biology and Chemistry units (15 units in each), and a merit in all the remaining graded credits.
Accept Access courses in Applied Science and Science. Will also consider (depending on subject content):

  • Biochemical Sciences
  • Biological and
  • Biological and Health Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biosciences
  • Combined Sciences
  • Life and Biological Science
  • Physical Sciences

BTEC

Applicants with BTEC qualifications (Diploma or Extended Diploma) are required to have A2 level Biology (Maths, Chemistry and Physics may be acceptable alternatives depending on the BTEC subject). Distinctions in the BTEC subject and an A or B grade (BTEC subject dependent) for the A-level subject are required.
Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these must be in Biology.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3/D3/D3-D3/D3/M2 including Pre-U Biology or Chemistry plus one other science or science-related subject.

International Baccalaureate

35-34 (with 18-16 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology or Chemistry and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAAAAB-AAAABB including an A in higher level Biology or Chemistry, and another science at higher level.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Advanced Higher: AAA-AAB including Biology and another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Science-related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.
Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

Welsh Baccalaureate

AAA-AAB including Biology/Human Biology, or Chemistry plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Science-related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £21,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 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 starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also 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.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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.

The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our scholarships

Career opportunities: Neuroscience BSc

Number 1 for employability – the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.

This degree provides an ideal introduction if you wish a career in scientific research or other careers based in medicine, and also provides an excellent education for careers in teaching and graduate training schemes and research in Neuroscience. Typical graduate destinations include a medical-related careers, drug discovery, scientific writing, and teaching or courses such as graduate entry medicine or physiotherapy.

Neuroscience as a course displays excellent graduate prospects, as well as an exceptional level of employability. 96% of our graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduation.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Business Consultant, BW Penman
  • Income Development officer, Together
  • Medical Sales associate, Medicrea
  • Production Technician, Baxter Healthcare
  • Healthcare assistant, Milton Keynes hospital

Careers support

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, you will spend the third year of the BSc studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University’s Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.