MSci Psychology and Neuroscience (CB81)

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UCAS code CB81
Application method UCAS
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £25,900 per year
  • International students: £25,900 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study This course is not available for part-time study

About MSci Psychology and Neuroscience

This course will equip you to combine the critical, theoretical and practical skills central to psychology with a cellular, synaptic and systems-level understanding of brain function from neuroscience. The course emphasises the experimental study of the mind and nervous system and we want our students to share a sense of fun and adventure in exploring and combining these different perspectives.

MSci Psychology and Neuroscience is taught by experts who are enthusiastic about teaching students the latest developments in the field based on the research that they are conducting. It is specifically designed to meet the requirements for accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and gives you eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). It provides you with a pathway to becoming a psychologist along with knowledge and skills from both disciplines, which you can apply in a wide range of careers.

In the first year you will be introduced to what psychology can reveal about how the mind works and the neuroanatomical pathways and cellular and synaptic mechanisms underlying brain function.

In the second year you will continue to develop your understanding of biological, cognitive, social and developmental aspects of psychology alongside the different techniques used to study nervous systems.

The third year will combine training in psychological experimental design and statistical analysis with the opportunity to focus on specific research areas, such as neurological and psychiatric disorders or interdisciplinary areas, such as behavioural and cognitive neuroscience.

In your fourth year you will apply what you have learned to investigate a specific psychological research question. You will also develop valuable skills in communicating science and developing ideas, as well as deepening your understanding of specialist and interdisciplinary areas of psychology and neuroscience.

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Typical offer for MSci Psychology and Neuroscience - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
A*AA including A in a science-related subject
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in a science-related subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in a core science/maths subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in a core science/maths subject.
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
Access to HE Diploma offerAccess to HE Diploma in Science, Biomedical/ Medical/ Health Science or Psychology (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
  • at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 12 credits at Distinction from units in a science subject.
  • OR Access to HE Diploma in Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences, Psychology, or Social Science. The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
  • at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 12 credits at Distinction in Psychology units

    Mature students can contact to check the suitability of their Access course.
  • BTEC offer D*DD  in Applied Science BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma
    Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AA including a core science/maths subject, and Standard Higher: AAAAB
    Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
    European Baccalaureate offer88% overall, with 8.5 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics
    UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
    International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

    Specified subjects

    Core science/maths subjects include: Psychology, Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (or Further Mathematics).

    Applicants must also meet these requirements

    GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
    Higher numeracy requirement (6 or B in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent)
    Standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent)

    Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
    English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
    Profile B
    Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

    Deferred entry

    For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

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    This course is recognised by the following organisations:

    British Psychological Society (BPS) Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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