UCL Division of Biosciences


Neuroscience BSc

This Neuroscience BSc degree offers you the opportunity to study the structure and function of the brain in one of the world’s greatest centres for Neuroscience.

Neuroscience BSc Degree Overview

Ranked first in Europe for Neuroscience, (U.S. News & Report 2020) and taught by a unique mix of current world leaders in different aspects of Neuroscience. Become a part of one of the largest Neuroscience research communities in the world, with over 450 Principal Investigators doing Neuroscience research at UCL.

The course also features options to undertake work placement or extend to a four-year Neuroscience MSci.

Course benefits

  • As world-leading practitioners of research-based teaching, having over 1500 Neuroscientists, we bring the best research minds from UCL, the Crick, the Sainsbury’s Wellcome Centre and the Gatsby to teach our BSc and MSci students.

  • We are very proud that the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology has been home to 5 Nobel Prize winners over the years and many more major research-based breakthroughs in the exciting field of Neuroscience.

  • Unlike similar programmes, UCL students begin their study of Neuroscience and scientific practice in the first week of the first year.

  • Our third and fourth-year students are able to choose their own research topics and to lead that research in a working lab.

  • Become part of the close-knit UCL Neuroscience community thanks to our matrix-style student support network and active student society.

  • National Student Survey results:
    - 94% of students agree that the course is intellectually stimulating. (NSS 2022)
    - 90% of students were satisfied with the learning resources provided on their course. (NSS 2022)



Modules - Year 1
CompulsoryNEUR0004Introduction to Neuroscience15
CompulsoryNEUR0005Foundations of Neurobiology30
CompulsoryBIOC0001Biochemistry and Molecular Biology15
CompulsoryPHOL0002Introductory Mammalian Physiology15
CompulsoryCELL0007Cells and Development15
CompulsoryBIOL0003Introduction to Genetics15
CompulsoryCHEM0010Chemistry for Biology Students15


Modules - Year 2
CompulsoryANAT0003Human Neuroanatomy15  
CompulsoryNEUR0007Cellular Neurophysiology15  
CompulsoryBIOC0007Essential Molecular Biology15  
CompulsoryNEUR0006Molecular Biology for Neuroscientists15  
Students will need to choose minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 credits
PHAR0009Intermediate Pharmacology30  
 PHAR0007Introductory Pharmacology15  
Students will need to choose minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 credits
ANAT0002Developmental Neurobiology   
 PHOL0004Systems Neuroscience15  
 CELL0010Integrative Cell Biology (Cell Signalling and Regulation)15  
 MATH0040Mathematics for Science 115  
 MATH0039Differential and Integral Calculus15  
ElectiveALLUGAll UG Modules 015


Modules - Year 3
Students will need to choose one of the following modules
NEUR0009Metabolic Neuroscience15  
 NEUR0014Neural Basis of Motivation and Learning15  
 NEUR0020Integrative Systems Neuroscience15  
 NEUR0015The Control of Movement15  
 NEUR0016Neural Computation: Models of Brain Function15  
 NEUR0017Visual Neuroscience15  
 PHOL0009The Cellular Basis of Brain Function30  
 NEUR0010Neurobiology of Brain Injury and Disease Extended30  
 NEUR0011Neurobiology of Brain Injury and Disease I15  
 NEUR0012Neurobiology of Brain Injury and Disease II15  
 NEUR0013Topics in Neurobiology of Brain Disease and Injury15  
Students will need to choose minimum of 15 and maximum of 50 credits
ANAT0008The Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease15  
 ANAT0012Molecular Basis of Neuropsychiatric Disorders 15  
 BIOL0020Sex, Genes and Evolution15  
 BIOL0022Biology of Ageing15  
 BIOS0001Genes and Neurodegenerative Disease15  
 CELL0012Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine15  
 CELL0013Functional Genetics of Model Systems15  
 CELL0002Mechanisms of Development (Extended)30  
 CELL0014Dynamic Biological Systems15  
 CELL0003Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology15  
 CELL0004Clocks, Sleep and Biological Time15  
 PHAR0011Molecular Pharmacology15  
 PHAR0012Receptor Mechanisms15  
 PHAR0015Psychopharmacology 15  
 PHAR0018Synaptic Pharmacology15  
 PHOL0008Cell Signalling in Health and Disease30  
 PHOL0011Autonomic and Central Control of Cardiorespiratory Function15  
 PSYC0031Cognitive Neuroscience15  
ElectiveALLUGAll UG Modules  15
Students will need to choose minimum of 30 and maximum of 45 credits
NEUR0001Advanced Research Project in Neuroscience45  
 NEUR0002Advanced Investigative Project in Neuroscience30  


Career Opportunities

This BSc will equip you to enter biomedical research or related activities in university, hospital, or drug company laboratories at the level of research technician or laboratory assistant.

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.

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.