Study Abroad at UCL




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.

Key Information

Year, Fall Term, Spring Term
English language level
Good - see English language requirements for more details.
Tuition fees
Band 4 - see Tuition fees for more information
GPA requirement
Life Sciences
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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 range of popular modules offered in 2018/19 as a representative sample. It is not exhaustive, and since the guide is published ahead of time, module options may have changed, been deleted or replaced. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability for 2019/20, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on this subject page, before making an application.

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 (FHEQ 5) modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
ANAT0002 Developmental Neurobiology Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
ANAT0003 Human Neuroanatomy Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
ANAT0006 Human Anatomy and Embryology (Head and Limbs) Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
NEUR0007 Cellular Neurophysiology Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
PALS0007 Perception, Attention and Learning Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
PALS0007 Perception, Attention and Learning Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
PHAR0003 Drugs and the Mind Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
PHAR0007 Introductory Pharmacology Fall Term, Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
PHOL0004 Systems Neuroscience Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
PHOL0005 Structure and Function of Nervous Systems Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
PSYC0017 Perception Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)

Level 3 (FHEQ 6) modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
ANAT0008 The Neurobiology of Neurodegenrative Disease Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
ANAT0013 Pain Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
CELL0003 Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
NEUR0014 Neural Basis of Motivation and Learning Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
NEUR0015 The Control of Movement Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
NEUR0016 Neural Computation: Models of Brain Function Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
NEUR0017 Visual Neuroscience Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
NEUR0020 Integrative Systems Neuroscience Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
PHAR0010 Neuropharmacology Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
PHAR0018 Synaptic Pharmacology Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
PHOL0009 The Cellular Basis of Brain Function Fall Term 30 (FHEQ)
PHOL0011 Autonomic and Central Control of Cardiorespiratory Function Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
PHOL0012 Cell Polarity and Disease Fall Term 30 (FHEQ)
PSYC0032 Brain in Action Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)

Contact details

Professor Paola Pedarzani
+44 (0)20 7679 7744

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