Please note that this is a provisional list. The selection of modules will not be made until the start of the course. Advice will be given by the Subject Tutors on selection taking into account the interest of the student, relevance to the Research Project and the previous academic experience of the student. Some modules may be appropriate for more than one subject stream.

Neuroscience - Taught modules (Select one from the following)

The Control of Movement

Neural Basis of Learning and Motivation

Neurobiology of Degeneration and Repair

Receptors and Synaptic Signalling

Developmental Neurobiology

Subject Stream Tutor

Dr. Andrew Batchelor tel Tel +44 20 7679 0479 (x30479 internal)

Research Interests

Please note that you only choose your Research Project at the start of the course following advice from the subject tutor. The information given here is just to give you a "flavour" of the options and for you to think about the topic that particularly interests you.


UCL has one of the largest neuroscience communities in the world. Neuroscience research encompasses a broad range of subjects related to the brain in health and disease. These include: MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE studies how molecules enable nerve cells to control their excitable behaviour, how they facilitate the reception and processing of incoming information from the surrounding environment, and how they then enable communication within single cells and also between networks of cells. UCL researchers study both neurons and the surrounding glial cells by combining techniques from molecular and cell biology, electrophysiology, neurogenetics and imaging. CELLULAR NEUROSCIENCE bridges the gap between the function of individual molecules and the behaviour of entire assemblies of neurons that carry out higher level functions such as the visual system or motor system. Nerve and glial cells process information received by the senses to analyse what is going on in the environment, they store information so that it can be retrieved later to guide future actions, and they send signals to the muscles to allow us to move, speak and interact with others. SYSTEMS NEUROSCIENCE studies the responses of nerve cells in different parts of the brain to pictures, tones, touches and smells. They try to understand how groups of neurons cooperate with each other to extract information from the environment and use it to perform simple actions such as controlling delicate finger movements or more complex behaviours such as sleep and wakefulness. COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE seeks to find out how higher mental functions such as perception, memory, attention, emotion and decision-making are related to neural activity, using functional imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) or magnetoencephalograhy (MEG).

List of supervisors and potential projects can be found here.

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