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.
This programme has been awarded Full Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Degree accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology acknowledges academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates have met defined learning outcomes, including gaining substantial research experience.
"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
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).
Year three of the MBiol is designed to prepare you for the Masters level of study that takes place in year four. After the research preparation modules of year three, year four allows you to study Masters level modules alongside an extended research project. The extended project is a real chance to undertake research at the highest level, working alongside professional researchers and truly exploring the current issues facing neuroscience today.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|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|
|Career and Professional Development for Life Scientists||10 credits|
|How can Biological Sciences change the world||10 credits|
|Introduction to Genetics||10 credits|
|Life in the Extreme: Ultra Human Physiology||10 credits|
|Introduction to Microbiology||10 credits|
|The Mind||10 credits|
|Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology||20 credits|
|Experimental Skills||10 credits|
|Scientific Skills||10 credits|
|Experimental Skills in Neuroscience||10 credits|
|Topics in Neuroscience||10 credits|
|Molecular Neuroscience||10 credits|
|Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists||10 credits|
|Introduction to Toxicology||10 credits|
|Principles of Drug Discovery||10 credits|
|Physiology of Absorption and Excretion||10 credits|
|Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University||10 credits|
|Organismal Evolution||10 credits|
|Advanced Scientific Skills||20 credits|
|Advanced Topics in Neuroscience II||20 credits|
|Practical Research Skills||20 credits|
|Extended Research Project Preparation||20 credits|
|Inherited Disorders||10 credits|
|Integrative Biomedical Sciences||20 credits|
|Cellular Cardiology||10 credits|
|Systems Neurophysiology||10 credits|
|Advanced Topics in Neuroscience I||20 credits|
|Drug Development: Pre-Clinical to Practice||10 credits|
|Advanced Research Topics||30 credits|
|Extended Research Project||80 credits|
|Drugs, Processes, Products and People||10 credits|
|Infectious & Non-infectious Diseases||10 credits|
|Practical Bioinformatics||10 credits|
|Tissue Engineering||10 credits|
|Molecular Diagnostics and Drug Delivery||10 credits|
|High-throughput Technologies||10 credits|
|Medical Diagnostics||10 credits|
|Treatment of Infectious Disease and Cancer||10 credits|
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.
Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals, while you’ll also benefit from our range of online resources such as Virtual Labs @ Leeds.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.
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.
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.
Typically Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.
We do not accept Access to HE.
We do not accept BTEC qualification.
D3/D3/D3 including D3 in Biology or Chemistry plus one other science or science-related subject.
35 (with 18 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology or Chemistry, and another science or science-related subject at higher level.
H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2 including H1 in Biology or Chemistry, and another science at higher level.
Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA in 2 Advanced Highers 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.
AAA 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 Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were 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.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
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.
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 youre 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.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £21,500 (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.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
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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
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
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. Data collected on graduate’s salaries 6 months after graduation shows that this course boasts an average salary of £19,600 (DLHE 2012/2013) - with graduate destinations being varied in their outcome.
Recent graduate destinations include:
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats 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.
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 fourth year of the MBiol studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.
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.