Neuroscience

Join Bristol's dynamic and innovation-driven community to learn about discoveries that are shaping our understanding of the nervous system and paving the way for new treatments for millions of people.

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Learn from expert staff and benefit from industry placements in commercial or government neuroscience research.

Student satisfaction

100% of BSc Neuroscience students found the course intellectually stimulating, with 90% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2020).

Expand your expertise

MSci Psychology and Neuroscience allows you to combine the skills central to psychology with a cellular, synaptic and systems-level understanding of brain function.

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Neuroscience at Bristol

Neuroscience is one of the fastest-growing areas of biomedical science. Study alongside industry-leading researchers as you explore the frontiers of knowledge on topics such as pain perception, learning and memory, drug pharmacology and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Our varied practicals are run in state-of-the-art dissection facilities and well-equipped modern laboratories and include sessions with high-fidelity Human Patient Simulators. Laboratories are enhanced by innovative resources such as our dynamic lab manual, eBioLabs.

Hear from current and past students on their experiences of studying Neuroscience at Bristol.

Bristol is famous for advanced research training. In my first year, I had many laboratory practices, including neuroanatomy practicals, where I got to work with actual human brains. This is an experience that not many other universities in the UK offer.

Haruka, BSc Neuroscience

Career prospects

Our graduates enter a wide variety of career paths including healthcare research, biomedicine, health and social work, education, finance, publishing and the public sector.

Around one third of graduates register for higher degrees (MSc, PhD) or graduate-entry medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.

Others enter laboratory-based careers in universities, government establishments, the NHS or the pharmaceutical and food industries.

What our students do after graduating

Course structure

The aim of our courses is to provide a broad base in the sciences that underpins investigations of the nervous system.

In year one, you will study units that introduce you to the basics of neuroscience and spend time studying human brain specimens to understand how structure relates to function. You will also study units about the structure and function of mammalian body systems, how drugs interact with brain receptors, and biomedical sciences.

In year two, you will deepen your understanding of the central nervous system with units in neuropharmacology and neurophysiology alongside optional units.

In your third year, you will attend staff-led research seminars and carry out a research project. If you are on the MSci course, your fourth year will include an extended research project. For MSci Neuroscience with Study in Industry, you will spend your third year on a placement and return to Bristol for your fourth year to complete a research grant proposal, alongside final-year units.

Accredited courses

Our new MSci in Psychology and Neuroscience emphasises the experimental study of the mind and nervous system. It meets the requirements for accreditation by the British Psychological Society, providing a pathway to becoming a psychologist along with knowledge and skills from both disciplines that are applicable to a range of careers.

Neuroscience

Neuroscience is one of the fastest-growing areas of biomedical science. You will learn about discoveries that have transformed our understanding of the brain and helped in the development of new treatments for disorders affecting millions of people.

Why study Neuroscience at Bristol?

Our neuroscience degrees are innovative and encompass a wide range of topics. You will be taught by a team of highly motivated academic staff who are dedicated to both research and teaching.

Bristol is home to neuroscience expertise in areas including memory and learning, sensory processing and motor control. Our courses incorporate cutting-edge teaching methods alongside more traditional lectures and small-group tutorials. Our varied practicals are run in state-of-the-art dissection facilities and well-equipped modern laboratories and include sessions with high-fidelity human patient simulators. Laboratories are enhanced by innovative resources such as our dynamic lab manual, eBioLabs. Alongside your practical experience, you will also develop the critical-thinking and report-writing skills that are invaluable for any future career.

In years one and two you will have the opportunity to study other subjects, which can include a non-science subject. Popular choices are biochemistry, human anatomy, pharmacology, psychology or a modern language. In the final year, formal lectures are replaced by seminars and you will also complete a research project.

The MSci Neuroscience with Study in Industry degree includes the opportunity for an assessed year of study in a major pharmaceutical or research organisation either in the UK or abroad.

Students on the MSci Neuroscience degree spend the majority of the fourth year focusing on an extended research proposal in a research laboratory environment while developing valuable science communication skills.

International students who are offered a place on courses within the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience may be able to apply for an Undergraduate International Scholarship.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Neuroscience suits those with a keen interest in how all aspects of the nervous system work and what goes wrong in disease states, for example in neuropsychiatric diseases.

You will have or want to develop the ability to investigate aspects of neuroscience from literature. You will also have an interest in developing skills in experimentation and the analysis of data.

How is this course taught and assessed?

During the first two years you will normally have nine lectures a week, supplemented by up to nine hours of practical work depending on the units chosen. Regular tutorials will develop your writing, communication and problem-solving skills.

In the final year formal lectures are replaced by seminars and you will spend a total of 30 days on a research project.

You will be assessed via coursework, including regular online assessments and written assignments, as well as end-of-unit exams.

What are my career prospects?

Neuroscience provides ideal training for a wide variety of rewarding careers. Our graduates have a high level of success in securing employment or places on further training courses.

Around one third of graduates register for higher degrees (MSc, PhD) or graduate-entry medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. Others enter laboratory-based careers in universities, government establishments, the NHS or the pharmaceutical and food industries.

A neuroscience degree is also an excellent basis for careers in other areas, such as teaching, commerce, administration and management.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.

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