University Of Aberdeen Neuroscience
By unravelling the mysteries of normal brain function, Neuroscience promotes our understanding of the devastating illnesses of the brain which afflict the lives of so many people.
The Neuroscience with Psychology programmes aim to instil a broad base of knowledge regarding the functioning of the nervous system. This is done via a bottom-up approach through an understanding of the nervous system at a molecular and cellular level, but also via a top-down approach through behavioural neuropsychology.
Neuroscientists have to push technologies to the limit to study the nature neural function by recording from individual nerve cells and even from single molecules to understand diseases. Neuroscience research aims to understand diseases such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. It can also include work on the optic nerves, cardiac function, sense of smell, difficulty in swallowing, weakness in the muscles and other diseases and health problems since many of these have a neural basis.
5 year MSci degree
You have the opportunity to undertake a year’s placement in an industrial, commercial or research environment and graduate after five years with an MSci (an undergraduate Masters degree) instead of a BSc.
Why Study Neuroscience with Psychology at Aberdeen?
- The University has a strong research base in Neuroscience where the behaviour of nerve cells is studied primarily at the molecular and cellular level.
- You will benefit from courses in both human and animal neuropsychology.
- The degree provides the opportunity to study courses in medical sciences, neuroscience and psychology in an integrated programme.
- Students will work in attractive and up-to-date laboratories both on the King’s College campus and the Foresterhill Health campus.
- Excellent staff and teaching facilities; 92% of our students were satisfied with teaching on courses in the School of Medical Sciences, and 91.8% of our students were satisfied that staff made the subject interesting (2014 National Student Survey).
- You will receive training in both specialist and employment-related skills.
- Neuroscientists at Aberdeen discovered that the brain produces its own morphine-like substances (enkephalins and endorphins) and made the first chemical and neuropharmacological characterisation of these substances.