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Studying Neuroscience at UCL offers you the opportunity to learn about the structure and function of the brain in one of the world's greatest centres for neuroscience. Modules in cell biology, developmental neurobiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, and psychology will show you how different areas of biology contribute to neuroscience.

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Why study Neuroscience at UCL?

UCL and associated institutes represent the greatest critical mass of neuroscience researchers in Europe, with an outstanding global reputation. You will be taught by specialists who are actively involved in neuroscience-related research. You will be part of the vibrant UCL Neuroscience student community (NeuroSoc) and exposed to cutting-edge research seminars.

What you will gain from study at UCL

You will gain a multidisciplinary overview and approach to the study of neuroscience, inspiring and preparing you for careers that directly involve research or require a sound understanding of its methods. You will also have the chance of establishing contacts with excellent scientists and laboratories in the neuroscience field.

Teaching and assessment

Modules will comprise lectures and, in many but not all cases, laboratory classes and small-group tutorials. Coursework comprises tests and/or lab reports and/or essays. Fall Term students will be assessed on the basis of their coursework and/or essays. Full Year and Spring Term students will sit final examinations in April/May.

Modules in Neuroscience

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Please note that Level 3 Neuroscience modules at UCL are equivalent to senior or master’s level modules in the US/Canada, relying entirely on the reading and independent analysis of a large number of original scientific papers. Module organisers will therefore have expectations of an extensive background in independent reading/researching/learning in the specific areas covered by the module. We normally advise Affiliate Neuroscience students to take Level 2 modules, which in our experience better match their background knowledge and acquired study abilities. Access to Level 3 modules must be discussed with and approved by the Neuroscience Affiliate Tutor before arrival at UCL.

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ANAT2008 Developmental Neurobiology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ANAT2010 Human Neuroanatomy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ANAT2052 Human Anatomy and Embryology (B: Head and Limbs) 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
NEUR2006 Cellular Neurophysiology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR2001 Drugs and the Mind 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR2005 Introductory Pharmacology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHOL2003 Systems Neuroscience 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHOL2005 Structure and Function of Nervous Systems 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PSYC2205 Brain and Behaviour 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PSYC2212A Perception 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ANAT3028 The Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ANAT3030 Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ANAT3042 Pain 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HPSC3049 Sleeping and Dreaming 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
NEUR3018 Neural Basis of Motivation and Learning 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
NEUR3025 Advanced Functional Neuroanatomy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
NEUR3031 The Control of Movement 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
NEUR3041 Neural Computation: Models of Brain Function 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
NEUR3045 Visual Neuroscience 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR3002 Neuropharmacology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR3011 Synaptic Pharmacology: The Synapse - A Major Target for Disease and Drug Action 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHOL3006 The Cellular Basis of Brain Function 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
PHOL3011 Autonomic and Central Control of Cardiorespiratory Function 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PSYC3210 Brain in Action 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

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Professor Paola Pedarzani
+44 (0)20 7679 7744
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