Cardiff University Neuroscience

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Cardiff University Neuroscience

Neuroscience is the study of nervous systems, their component nerve cells and the functioning of the brain. The human brain contains one hundred thousand million such cells. How it works may be regarded as one of the most alluring and baffling of all questions on the frontiers of understanding. Can the brain understand the brain? Can the brain understand the mind? Is the brain a giant computer or something more?

This degree will demonstrate ways in which we can attempt to answer these questions, using approaches that range from the biochemistry and biophysics of the nerve cell to a psychologist’s investigation of the machinery of the mind. The recent growth of this subject is due to the important contribution neuroscience is making to the understanding and treatment of mental and other neurological disorders, as well as the desire to understand the most complex functioning system evolution has created.

The programme combines scientific understanding with the development of academic skills (critical appraisal, evaluation and analysis of data) along with the development of practical, presentation and written skills within a scientific context. The course ultimately aims to produce graduates who are employable, well-informed, versatile and enthusiastic ambassadors for science.

The knowledge and skills that you develop during your Neuroscience degree will make you employable in a broad range of scientific careers including research, healthcare, publishing and teaching. The analytical and other skills acquired on the course are also an excellent grounding for many other career paths outside of science. Alternatively you may wish to further your studies by pursuing a higher degree.

Distinctive features

Our degrees are closely linked to the research interests of the staff who teach them, allowing you to experience the excitement of learning in an active research environment. We attract substantial external research funding and this will allow you to make use of the latest equipment, techniques and facilities in your project work. The School also leads the Neuroscience & Mental Health Research Institute, one of the University’s flagship Institutes, allowing access to a wide range of exciting training opportunities.

This programme offers a high degree of flexibility with student choice at its core. You have the freedom to decide how your academic experience develops. You can choose to specialise in a particular area or to maintain a wide breadth of learning and explore the interdisciplinary research that underpins much of the School’s success.

Key facts

UCAS Code B142
Next intake September 2017
Duration 3 years
Mode Full time
Typical places available The School typically has approx 415 places available.
Typical applications received The School typically receives approx 2500 applications.
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Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Biosciences admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offer AAB-ABB including Biology and a second science (preferably Chemistry).
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer WBQ Core will be accepted in lieu of one non-Science A-level (at the grades specified above).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer 34 points, with a minimum score of 6 in Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level.
Other requirements Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.