BSc Neuroscience (B140)

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UCAS code B140
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 81 overall
Intercalation This course is available for intercalation

About BSc Neuroscience

Studying Neuroscience will enable you to explore the workings of the brain from molecules to neural systems. Answering questions such as: how do neurones communicate with each other to lay down memories; what goes wrong in neuropsychiatric disorders such as Parkinson’s and schizophrenia; how do we feel pain?

Your knowledge will build from studying core units in years one and two to studying selected, in-depth courses in your final year.

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.

Final year units are run at the forefront of current research, taking units such as synaptic plasticity 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 neuroanatomy
  • Understanding body function
  • Pharmacology 1A
  • plus one optional unit usually chosen from Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Psychology

Second year

  • Neurophysiology
  • Developmental and cellular physiology of the specialised cell
  • Pharmacology of the nervous system
  • Techniques in neuroscience
  • Biomedical research employability and enterprise skills
  • Optional unit from Human anatomy, Integrative physiology, Pharmacology of body systems 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.

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Typical offer for BSc Neuroscience - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA 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.
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
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.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass 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 offer DDD in Science including Distinction in science units, plus A-level grade B in a lab-based science
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA; science subjects preferred
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% average with 8 in two science subjects
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade B in Mathematics and two sciences; grade C in English Language. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application. We expect all applicants to attend a visit day which includes an informal interview.

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