Human Neuroscience BSc

London, Bloomsbury
Human Neuroscience BSc (2023)

Neuroscience is a very broad and exciting field that is studied at many different levels. This programme explores neuroscience by focuses on the human brain and nervous system. You will learn how our brains enable us to perceive the world, move, influence our mental health, and how we communicate and interact with each other.

UK students International students
Study mode
3 academic years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
Programme starts
September 2024
Application deadline
31 Jan 2024
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

To include Biology or Psychology, plus one other science from Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Physics or Mathematics
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer information

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To include Biology or Psychology, plus one other science from Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Physics or Mathematics.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 6 in Biology or Psychology, plus one other science from Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Physics or Mathematics, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

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A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects to include grade 5 in Biology or Psychology, plus one other science from Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Physics or Mathematics, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International applications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

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.

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English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 3

Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview

The Human Neuroscience BSc is a three-year programme that has been designed to enable students to learn about the human brain and nervous system through the prism of health and disease.

You will learn how our brains enable us to perceive the world, move, influence our mental health, and how we communicate and interact with each other.

You will study the exciting field of neuroscience through understanding what happens when things go wrong with the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, aphasia, depression and schizophrenia. Additionally, you will learn about the different research methods and techniques that have been developed to help us study the human brain, e.g. fMRI, EEG and MEG.

The Human Neuroscience BSc will give you hands-on experience of analvsing data gathered from neuroimaging of the human brain, enabling you to understand broader elements of the brain and nervous system.

In the final year of your degree, you will have the opportunity to undertake your own research project in the field of human neuroscience, as well as a research placement. You will also be able to select optional modules looking at specialised areas and applications of human neuroscience in broader aspects of human health, genes and environment interactions, and learn about different careers that are related to neuroscience to support your employability.

What this course will give you

Graduates from the Human Neuroscience BSc programme will be equipped with the analytical and data science skills for a broad range of careers in neuroscience, mental health, and behavioural science.

The programme will particularly take advantage of hospital links, emphasising clinical and mental health research and clinical trials, as well as bridging discovery science and health interventions.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 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 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Upon successful completion of 300 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Human Neuroscience.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

The first year of the programme is designed to provide you with a firm grounding in the basics of human neuroscience. You will be introduced to the field of human neuroscience and learn how research is conducted in this area.

You will learn about the functions of, and communications between, neurons and synapses, and the function and structure of the human brain. You will learn about our different sensors (such as our eyes and ears), how we see, hear and feel, as well as how we move in the world.

You will also gain skills in developing a research question, designing an experiment, collecting data, and analysing and drawing conclusions from your data analysis. You will learn how to study the human brain and nervous system, as well as the history of the field of neuroscience and the links between the healthy human brain and common brain disorders (as well as other related topics such as thinking and action).

The second year of the programme builds upon the knowledge you have developed in the first year. You will learn about common mental health disorders and their causes, and how humans communicate both verbally and non-verbally in social interactions.

All the information humans have about the world comes through our senses, for example our sight, hearing and taste. Understanding how these complex sensory processes allow us to perceive the world is critical to understanding how we behave and think.

Additionally, you will learn about what happens in the human brain as we get older and what processes are involved in common disorders of older age such as dementia. A key part of your second year will be developing practical knowledge and experience of analysing human neuroimaging data and the analytical skills employed in human neuroscience research.

In the third and final year, you will learn about the connections between business and science as this is important for understanding how basic human science is translated into treatments and interventions in humans – the ‘bench to bedside’ perspective.

You will also gain firsthand experience of research by undertaking your own research project and through placements in a research group in UCL. The final year allows you to develop your own specialised interests further in the broad field of human neuroscience by choosing four optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Evidence and Enquiry in Neuroscience

Human Movement and Movement Disorders

Introduction to Human Mental Health

Introduction to Human Sensory Systems

Introduction to Neurophysiology and Human Brain Anatomy

Introduction to Research Methods in Human Neuroscience

Compulsory modules

Ageing and Dementia

From action to social interaction

Human Perception and Cognition

Intermediate Mental Health

Language and Language Disorders

Research Methods and Data Analysis in Human Neuroscience

Your learning

This programme aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills in the study of the human brain and nervous system, how different disorders are diagnosed and how researchers are working to develop new treatments and interventions.

We will use a mix of face-to-face teaching and online resources on the degree. The majority of teaching will be face-to-face through live lectures, workshops, seminars, discussion groups, group work and practical sessions. A 15 credit module will typically involve 1-2 hours of contact time and 10-12 hours of independent individual study or group work per week. You will take part in small (4-8 students) or large (the whole year) group activities which take place face-to-face on a regular basis. This is supported by use of the virtual learning environment (VLE) in UCL that provides a range of learning resources, such as video lectures, structured learning activities (e.g. quizzes, online discussion boards, webinars) and directed reading. In addition, alongside the module teaching there will be a weekly compulsory Human Neuroscience seminar series that will run throughout the three years. This will be carefully designed to dovetail with the content and teaching in each term and year, and will provide additional opportunities for formative assessments and learning within a group setting

The assessments will help you learn how to communicate effectively. You will write essays, scientific reports and short interview style answers. You will also learn to create videos and give oral presentations, either live or recorded as well as presentations in poster format. Assessments also include presentations, multiple choice questionnaires, written exams, a reflective portfolio as well as a research project.

In the third year, students take the Research in Practice placement module.

You will spend 4 hours each week for the first term embedded in a research group that is related to your research project. You will join weekly research group/lab meetings, enabling you to develop your understanding of research progress, critical evaluation, the journey from research questions to published articles, the development of knowledge and expertise within the research group, and the different roles within a research group from Principal Investigator to postdoctoral researcher, research assistants, PhD students and project students.

The placement will require you to research the broader topic of your own research project and will also develop your knowledge of the career structure of academic research.

You will typically have between 8-12 contact hours per week during term time depending on year of study and module choices.


You will be assessed by a variety of methods including unseen written examinations, online and written short answer questions, long answer written questions, essays, portfolios of laboratory activities, case study reports, video presentations, poster presentations, a reflective portfolio for your placement and a written research project report.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

The foundation of your career

Your knowledge of human neuroscience and the variety of transferrable skills you will gain will support you pursuing a variety of career destinations. This is a new programme but it is anticipated graduates will enter into careers in neuroscience academia and research, mental health services, and behavioural sciences.

Central to the Faculty of Brain Sciences' strategy is our focus on translational research (transforming scientific discoveries into new clinical treatments and interventions). As such, graduates will also be well placed to pursue careers in translational research and bioscience/biomedical innovation.


This programme has been designed to enable you to develop high-level skills in gathering, analysing and interpreting scientific data and evidence.

You will develop the skills to critically evaluate the validity of research literature and undertake your own independent research. You will be able to understand and explain complex information and appreciate how such data can be analysed to test different hypotheses.

The programme will develop your confidence to enable you to communicate effectively with the general public, your peers and other professionals. You will develop skills in team work, managing your own workload, and critically reflecting on the quality of your own work.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £9,250
Tuition fees (2024/25) £37,500

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2024/25 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2024/25 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

This programme has no additional costs.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

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.

Next steps

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.


For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

Applicants who are offered a place will be invited to attend an offer holder open day (in-person or virtual). This is intended to allow candidates to make an informed decision about whether the degree programme is right for them.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.