Biological Sciences (Neuroscience) BSc

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom

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Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 29,691

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system. It is a multidisciplinary science requiring an understanding of the ions, molecules, cells and systems that underpin a vast number of essential functions including learning, memory, sensation, motor control and human behaviour.
  • A knowledge of the roles and relationships of the various parts of the nervous system provides an understanding of how interventions can target disease or be used, for example, recreationally or to provide sporting advantage. Important questions still remain in neuroscience research and there will be opportunities to learn from and work alongside leading neuroscientists investigating some key issues
  • The course is delivered in modules, allowing you some flexibility to focus on areas that align with your developing interests.
  • Over the programme, in addition to subject-specific knowledge, you will gain important transferable skills that will make you an attractive prospect for future employers.
  • This course is identical to the first three years of the MBiolSci in Biological Sciences (Neuroscience).

What's the difference?

  • At the University of Leicester, we offer seven Biological Science subjects and four Medical Bioscience subjects, all as both BSc (three years) and MBiolSci (four years), plus a Foundation
  • Year option, giving you an impressive range of 23 different courses to choose from.
  • Biological Science covers major aspects of biology and molecular science across a wide range of organisms from bacteria and fungi to humans and plants. All 14 courses share a common first year so you can change to a different degree before the end of Year 1.
  • Medical Science allows you to select specialist modules that focus more closely on the application of biological principles to medicine. All eight courses share a common first year so you can change to a different degree before the end of Year 1.
  • It is possible to switch between a Biological Science course and a Medical Bioscience course during the first half of your first year, but after that the two fields diverge.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: AAB - ABB, including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. We may consider two AS-levels in place of one A-level. General Studies not accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB-BBB EPQ grade B. A-level subjects to include two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. General Studies not accepted.
    GCSE: At least Grade C/4 in both English and Maths (if not held at A2/AS-level).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Science diploma with 45 credits at level three, 30 of which must be at distinction
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points to include grade 6 and 5 in at least two relevant HL science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths or 4 in SL Maths, or 5 in Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Applied Science Diploma with D*DD plus five GCSEs at B/5 or above including two relevant sciences
  • Other national and international qualifications considered.
  • Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of Biological Sciences.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • Year 1 is a shared programme across our Biological Sciences degree programmes. This will ensure that you build firm knowledge- and skill-based foundations on which to specialise as you move through the years towards graduation. 

Modules

  • The Molecules of Life: An Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (double module)
  • The Cell: An Introduction to Cell Biology and Microbiology (double module)
  • From Individuals to Populations: An Introduction to Genetics
  • Multicellular Organisation: An Introduction to Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience (double module)
  • Biodiversity and Behaviour: An Introduction to Zoology

Year 2

  • Year 2 is a mixture of core and optional modules that will allow specialisation and present a range of options that will complement your core interests.

Core modules

  • Physiology of Excitable Cells
  • Research Topic
  • Behavioural Neurobiology 

Option modules

  • Overall, from the two lists of option modules below, you must choose at least one module from those marked .

Choose two option modules from:

  • Physiology and Pharmacology 
  • Genomes
  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Global Change Biology and Conservation
  • Medical Microbiology

Then choose three option modules from:

  • Bioinformatics 
  • Contemporary Techniques in Biological Data Analysis
  • Genes, Development and Inheritance
  • Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology
  • Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology (with science enterprise trip)
  • A Field Guide to Evolution
  • Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids
  • Protein Control in Cellular Regulation

Final Year

  • Your final year of study (or penultimate year if you choose to study for the MBiolSci) will build on your knowledge and skills, providing a focus on areas aligned with your speciality. During this year, you will also have the opportunity to undertake your own research project. 

Core modules

  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience Futures

Option modules

  • Overall, from the two lists of option modules below, you must choose two or three of those modules marked .

Choose one option module from:

  • Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Comparative Neurobiology
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Gene Expression: Molecular Basis and Medical Relevance
  • Molecular and Cellular Immunology
  • Human Genetics
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Structural Biology
  • Subtropical Physiology and Ecology

Then choose one pair of option modules from:

  • Experimental Research Project A plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)
  • Education Research Project A plus Education Research Project B (double module)
  • Field Research Project A (Operation Wallacea) plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)
  • Analytical Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list below
  • Steered Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list below

Finally, choose two option modules from:

  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Behaviour
  • Current and Future Therapeutics
  • Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis and Genomics
  • Human and Environmental Microbiomics
  • Genes and Development
  • Conservation and Ecological Genetics
  • Behavioural Ecology

Year 1

  • Year 1 is a shared programme across our Biological Sciences degree programmes. This will ensure that you build firm knowledge- and skill-based foundations on which to specialise as you move through the years towards graduation. 

Modules

  • The Molecules of Life: An Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (double module)
  • The Cell: An Introduction to Cell Biology and Microbiology (double module)
  • From Individuals to Populations: An Introduction to Genetics
  • Multicellular Organisation: An Introduction to Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience (double module)
  • Biodiversity and Behaviour: An Introduction to Zoology

Year 2

  • Year 2 is a mixture of core and optional modules that will allow specialisation and present a range of options that will complement your core interests.

Core modules

  • Physiology of Excitable Cells
  • Research Topic
  • Behavioural Neurobiology 
  • Option modules
  • Overall, from the two lists of option modules below, you must choose at least one module from those marked .

Choose two option modules from:

  • Physiology and Pharmacology 
  • Genomes
  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Global Change Biology and Conservation
  • Medical Microbiology

Then choose three option modules from:

  • Bioinformatics 
  • Contemporary Techniques in Biological Data Analysis
  • Genes, Development and Inheritance
  • Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology
  • Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology (with science enterprise trip)
  • A Field Guide to Evolution
  • Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids
  • Protein Control in Cellular Regulation

Final Year

  • Your final year of study (or penultimate year if you choose to study for the MBiolSci) will build on your knowledge and skills, providing a focus on areas aligned with your speciality. During this year, you will also have the opportunity to undertake your own research project. 

Core modules

  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience Futures

Option modules

  • Overall, from the two lists of option modules below, you must choose two or three of those modules marked .

Choose one option module from:

  • Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Comparative Neurobiology
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Gene Expression: Molecular Basis and Medical Relevance
  • Molecular and Cellular Immunology
  • Human Genetics
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Structural Biology
  • Subtropical Physiology and Ecology

Then choose one pair of option modules from:

  • Experimental Research Project A plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)
  • Education Research Project A plus Education Research Project B (double module)
  • Field Research Project A (Operation Wallacea) plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)
  • Analytical Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list below
  • Steered Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list below

Finally, choose two option modules from:

  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Behaviour
  • Current and Future Therapeutics
  • Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis and Genomics
  • Human and Environmental Microbiomics
  • Genes and Development
  • Conservation and Ecological Genetics
  • Behavioural Ecology

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

UK and EU Students 

Starting in 2021 

  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement.
  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year
  •  Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year 
  • If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. 

Additional costs 

Additional costs for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed but, as an indication, the following was the case for students who started in 2020/21: 

  • You will be travelling between the University and hospitals in Leicester. The cost of a Hospital Hopper bus card is included in your tuition fee.

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