BSc Neuroscience (B140)

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UCAS code B140
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 481
Number of places for 2016/17 58
Intercalation This course is available for intercalation

About BSc Neuroscience

Our neuroscience course is made up of core units that will build your detailed understanding of the nervous system and the body it controls as you progress through the course.

In years one and two, you will take units in physiology and pharmacology as well as neuroscience. You will also have a choice of a selection of optional units. For example, second-year units explore many aspects of neuroscience including the neurophysiology of the central nervous system, the pharmacology of drugs that affect the nervous system and the techniques that have enabled advances in understanding the nervous system.

In your final year, you will study at the forefront of current research in neuroscience, taking units such as Learning and Memory or Brain and Behaviour, as well as studying specialised topics such as neuropsychiatric diseases. You will also spend a total of 30 days on a research project.

Practical teaching is enhanced with our newly developed online dynamic lab manual, eBiolabs.

This course is available for intercalation.

More about Neuroscience

Find out more about studying Neuroscience at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Functional Anatomy of the Central Nervous System
  • Understanding Body Function
  • plus one optional unit usually chosen from Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacology or Psychology

Second year

  • Neurophysiology
  • Developmental and cellular physiology of the specialised cell
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Techniques in neuroscience
  • Biomedical research employability and enterprise skills
  • optional unit from Human anatomy, Pharmacology, Molecular genetics or open unit (for example a modern language)

Third year

Three optional units from:

  • New Horizons in Medicine
  • Synaptic plasticity
  • Synaptic cell biology
  • Neurological and Neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Sensational Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience of pain.

All students undertake an in depth research project as well as a research skills unit.

Further details about the course structure for Neuroscience

Typical offer for BSc Neuroscience

(including international A-levels)
AAB to include at least two science subjects, of which one or more must be from the following group: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. Other science subjects include Human Biology, PE, Psychology, Zoology.
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
ABB to include at least two science subjects, of which one or more must be from the following group: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. Other science subjects include Human Biology, PE, Psychology, Zoology.
IB Diploma 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5, 5 in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction, including 12 credits in each of two sciences, and 15 credits at Merit. Health and Social Care or Health Science may also be acceptable; please contact Admissions for guidance regarding your Access course's content.
BTEC DDD in Science including Distinction in science units, plus A-level grade B in a lab-based science
SQASH: AAABB and AH: AB; science subjects preferred
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB80% average with 8 in two science subjects
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:grade B in Mathematics and two sciences; grade C in English Language.

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