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University College London Neuroscience

University College London Neuroscience

Neuroscience BSc

The Neuroscience BSc offers you the opportunity to learn about the structure and function of the brain in one of the world’s greatest centres for neuroscience. You will have the benefit of modules in cell biology, developmental neurobiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, pharmacology and psychology – all of which will show you how different areas of biology contribute to our understanding of this subject area.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
B140
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
Location
London, Bloomsbury
Applications per place
7 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
68 (2018 entry)*

* Figures relate to Neuroscience subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Grades
AAA
Subjects
Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points
38
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • The multidisciplinary structure of this programme allows you to draw on expertise across all life sciences. As you progress, lectures will increasingly be given by specialists who are actively involved in neuroscience-related research.
  • This programme puts particular emphasis on preparing you for careers that directly involve research or require a sound understanding of research methods.
  • UCL and its associated institutes for neuroscience research have an outstanding global reputation. We have among the greatest critical mass of neuroscience researchers in Europe.
  • Co-operation with UCL’s Institutes of Neurology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Child Health, and the newly established Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour offers unrivalled opportunities to access research laboratories for your final-year project.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Biosciences.

  • 83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL’s research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The first year consists of introductory core modules that will provide a secure foundation for future work. Taking modules alongside other students in the UCL Faculties of Life Sciences and Brain Sciences will give you insight into related disciplines. Taking further core and optional modules in your second year will prepare you for the third year, in which you will select specialised options to suit your interests. Examples include Neural Basis of Motivation and Learning; Pain; Neurobiology of Brain Injury and Disease and Cellular Basis of Brain Function, but there are many more.

You will have the opportunity to transfer to the MSci programme at the end of year two. This will extend your programme to four years.

In the third year of the programme you will be able to join an existing research team in a UCL department or institute to conduct original research, guided by a supervisor.

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cells and Development
Chemistry for Biology Students
Foundations of Neurobiology
Introduction to Genetics
Introduction to Neuroscience
Mammalian Physiology

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Your learning

Your teaching and learning will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes. Some modules in year one are taught in relatively small groups, while others involve large lectures shared with students on other programmes. Practical classes play an important role throughout your studies, and help to prepare you for the individual research project of your final year.

Assessment

You will normally take a written examination at the end of the academic year in which you have taken each module, after obtaining up to 30% of your marks through coursework. Some introductory modules are examined by invigilated online tests throughout the year. Your final-year project will involve a written dissertation and an oral presentation.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Neuroscience BSc.

Careers

This programme will develop your literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills, all of which can help you gain success in fields that do not require your specific subject knowledge. Careers in neuroscience will also be open to you.

Around half of our graduates choose to pursue further studies in neuroscience or a related life science. Some join UCL’s own MSc or PhD programmes, while others obtain PhD scholarships at major research centres worldwide. Some have embarked upon the study of medicine at graduate level, often with a view to becoming clinical neurologists or neurosurgeons. Others enter the teaching profession.

This BSc will also equip you to enter biomedical research or related activities in university, hospital, or drug company laboratories at the level of research technician or laboratory assistant. Our alumni can also be found in science policy, public policy, publishing, law, accountancy, banking and other high-profile careers outside the classroom or laboratory.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme at UCL include:

  • Research Technician, Genetic Microdevices
  • Full-time student, MiM (Master in Management) at LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Full-time student, MBChB in graduate entry Medicine at the University of Warwick
  • Full-time student, MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine at UCL
  • Full-time student, PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge

Data taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2017/18 – see below)
Overseas students
£21,960 (2017/18)

The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL’s fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website.

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

The entry requirements and selection process for the Neuroscience BSc and MSci are the same. In addition to meeting the listed entry requirements, you must demonstrate in your application an understanding of what studying neuroscience entails and why you are motivated to pursue it, as well as evidence of scientific curiosity and independent reading in the field. Additional desirable skills include time-management abilities (perhaps shown by combining academic success with extracurricular activities), self-discipline (perhaps through involvement in sports or music) and experience of working in a team environment.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018

Selection

If you apply by the main UCAS deadline and meet or are predicted to meet all of our academic and individual requirements (including being able to demonstrate a good understanding of what this specialised subject entails), you will receive an offer of a place (either conditional or unconditional).

If we offer you a place and you live in the UK during term, we shall invite you to one of our open days to meet staff and students and learn more about UCL and the programme. If you live outside the UK you will not be invited automatically but you are welcome to enquire about visiting on one of these days.

For further information on UCL’s selection process see: Selection of students.

Taught

Neuroscience MSc

Our brain and its workings define who we are. Neuroscience is discovering how the nervous system functions in health and disease from the molecular to the behavioural level. It is a vibrant area of science with regular exciting new breakthroughs, but there is still much to be discovered. UCL is the leading neuroscience institution in Europe, and students benefit greatly from a vast reservoir of expertise.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

UK/EU:
£13,770 (FT) £7,050 (PT)
Overseas:
£25,890 (FT) £12,950 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 29 August 2017
Notification
The application deadline for this programme has been extended from 28 July to 29 August at 5:00 pm.

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences, life sciences or related subject area, or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification and relevant work experience may also apply.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree information

In addition to providing experience and participation in cutting-edge neuroscience, delivered by internationally recognised researchers, the programme generates several transferable skills, notably advanced laboratory research methods, data analysis, computer literacy, oral presentation, critical appraisal of specialised literature, and time management.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

Core modules

  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Receptors and Synaptic Signalling
  • Systems and Circuits Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience Journal Club

Optional modules

Students choose one of the following:

  • Neurobiology of Degeneration and Repair
  • Cognitive Systems Neuroscience

Research project/report

Students undertake an original research project which culminates in a 7,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and a laboratory project. Student performance is evaluated through formal examination, coursework, and the research project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Neuroscience MSc

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The majority (more than 80%) of our graduates take up PhD positions in neuroscience research, including some who stay on at UCL.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Research Assistant, Toronto General Hospital
  • Lab Scientific Officer, The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics
  • MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery), King’s College London
  • PhD in Biological Science, University of Cambridge
  • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL

Employability

The MSc in Neuroscience provides an introduction to a career in neuroscience. Around 80% of our students progress to a PhD and then onto careers in academia, industry and other allied biomedical professions. The remainder go into careers in the fields of healthcare, education and commercial scientific research.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Division of Biosciences is one of the largest and most active research environments for basic biological research in the UK, and UCL has one of the largest, most dynamic and exceptional neuroscience communities in the world.

UCL has over 450 principal investigators covering all aspects of neuroscience.

This MSc provides students with a broad knowledge of neuroscience, together with deep knowledge and hands-on experience in the area of their research project.

Department: Division of Biosciences

Student / staff numbers › 178 staff › 121 taught students › 289 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Biosciences
82% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL’s research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Staff view

“In London, and at UCL in particular, I am surrounded by excellent colleagues who have helped me to shape my research in numerous ways. At least half of the techniques we use today in the laboratory were unknown to me until I joined UCL and started collaborating with colleagues.”

Professor Matteo Carandini

I contribute to programmes such as Neuroscience MSc, Biology of Vision MSc and Brain and Mind Sciences MSc. I also contribute to PhD programmes such as the one offered by CoMPLEX, and in Neuroscience.
Professor of Visual Neuroscience

Staff view

“I joined UCL in 2011 to establish my own laboratory. I study the neural basis of sound perception so it was critical to me that I joined a university that had both a large group of researchers working on hearing, and a large and thriving community of neuroscientists. At the UCL Ear Institute I interact with scientists who work on all aspects of hearing and deafness while being embedded in probably the largest grouping of neuroscientists anywhere in Europe. ”

Dr Jennifer Bizley

Neuroscience MSc, Audiological Science MSc
Sir Henry Dale Research Fellow

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme aims to prepare graduate students primarily for PhD study and a career in research. It also provides an excellent training for related careers such as scientific journalism and in areas requiring critical appraisal of complex data.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 August 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • what particularly attracts you to study this programme at UCL
  • how your academic, personal and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Contact information

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