The Neuroscience BSc 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, pharmacology and psychology will show you how different areas of biology contribute to neuroscience.
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 7 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 68 (2017 entry)*
- Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics
A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Chemistry required at Advanced Higher plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA. Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- The multidisciplinary structure allows you to draw on expertise across all life sciences. As you progress, lectures will increasingly be given by specialists who are actively involved in neuroscience-related research.
- The programme puts particular emphasis on preparing you for careers that directly involve research or require a sound understanding of its methods.
- UCL and its associated institutes now represent the greatest critical mass of neuroscience researchers in Europe, with an outstanding global reputation.
- Co-operation with UCL's Institutes of Neurology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Child Health, and the newly established Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour offers unrivalled opportunities to access research laboratories for your final-year project.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Biosciences.
- 83% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The first year consists of introductory core modules that provide a secure foundation for future work. Taking modules alongside other students in the Faculties of Life Sciences and Brain Sciences will give you mutual insight into related disciplines. Taking further core and optional modules in your second year will prepare you for the third year, in which you will select specialised options to suit your own interests; examples include Neural Basis of Motivation and Learning; Pain; Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease and Visual Neuroscience, but there are many more.
There is also an opportunity to transfer to the MSci programme at the end of year two, extending your programme to four years.
In the third year of the programme you will be able to join an existing research team in one of UCL's departments or institutes to conduct original research, guided by a supervisor.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cells and Development
Chemistry for Biology Students
Foundations of Neurobiology
Introduction to Genetics
Introduction to Neuroscience
All first-year modules are compulsory.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Essential Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology for Neuroscientists
You will select 2.0 credits from a wide range of optional modules, including:
One of the following:
General and Systematic Pharmacology (1.0 credits)
Introductory Pharmacology (0.5 credits)
Plus at least one of the following, and a further free option that may lie outside neuroscience:
Developmental Neurobiology (0.5 credits)
Mathematics for Science 1 (0.5 credits) / Differential and Integral Calculus (0.5 credits)
Perception, Attention and Action (0.5 credits)
The Principles of Cellular Control (0.5 credits)
Systems Neuroscience (0.5 credits)
Core or compulsory module(s)
Individually-supervised experimental project (1.5 credits)
You will select 2.5 credits from a wide range of advanced-level optional modules within Neuroscience and related disciplines.
Your teaching and learning will include lectures, tutorial, workshops and practical classes. Some modules in year one are taught in relatively small groups, while others involve large lectures shared with students on other programmes. Practical classes play an important part throughout your studies, and help to prepare you for the individual research project of your final year.
You will normally take a written examination at the end of the academic year in which you have taken each module, after obtaining up to 30% of your marks through coursework. Some introductory modules are examined by invigilated online tests throughout the year. Your final-year project will involve a written dissertation and an oral presentation.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Neuroscience BSc.
The programme trains you to be literate, numerate, and a critical thinker, which can help you gain success in fields that do not require your specific subject knowledge, as well as in neuroscience itself.
Around half of our graduates choose to pursue further studies in neuroscience or a related life science. Some join UCL's own MSc or PhD programmes, while others obtain PhD scholarships at major research centres worldwide. Some have embarked upon the study of medicine at graduate level, often with a view to becoming clinical neurologists or neurosurgeons. Others enter the teaching profession.
This BSc also equips you to enter biomedical research or related activities of many kinds in university, hospital, or drug company laboratories, at the level of research technician or laboratory assistant. Our alumni can also be found in science policy, public policy, publishing, law, accountancy, banking and other high-profile careers outside the classroom or laboratory.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:
- Full-time student, PhD in Neurobiology at the University of Cambridge
- Full-time student, MA in Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science
- Business Intelligence Analyst, Accenture
- Full-time student, MBBS in Medicine at the University of Cambridge
- Full-time student, PhD in Neuroscience at Harvard University
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme only.
- UK/EU students
- £TBC (2017/18 - see below)
- Overseas students
- £21,960 (2017/18)
UK/EU undergraduate fees are currently (August 2016) capped at £9,000 and UCL charges fees at the level of that cap. This cap on UK/EU undergraduate fees is currently under review by the UK Government and may be subject to increase for the year commencing 2017 and for each year of study thereafter. Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.
Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
The entry requirements and selection process for the Neuroscience BSc and MSci are the same. In addition to meeting the listed entry requirements, you must demonstrate in your application an understanding of what studying neuroscience entails, and why you are motivated to study it. Desirable skills include time-management abilities (perhaps shown by combining academic success with extracurricular activities), self-discipline (perhaps through involvement in sports or music) and experience of working in a team environment.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
If you apply by the main UCAS deadline and meet or are predicted to meet all of our academic and individual requirements, including being able to demonstrate a good understanding of what this specialised subject entails, you will receive an offer of a place, either conditional or unconditional.
If we offer you a place and you live in the UK during term, we shall invite you to one of our open days to meet staff and students and learn more about UCL and our Neuroscience programmes before you decide whether or not you wish to accept our offer. If you live outside the UK you will not be invited automatically but you are welcome to enquire about visiting on one of these days.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students