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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

Domestic course fees
EU 3000

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 3000

All study options

About Neuroscience at University College Cork

Overview

Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the nervous system and is one of the most challenging and exciting fields of science today.

Themammaliannervous system regulates all the functions of the organism. In the human, at least, it has unique functions that are independent of the other organ systems of the body. These independent functions allow us awareness of ourselves.

The extraordinary properties of the human brain have made it possible for us to dominate Earth, walk on the moon, alter the course of evolution, and create art and music.

The brain works as an information processing system. The information consists of internal representations of the external environment in which the organism exists. Neuroscience is the study of how these internal representations are created, transformed and used to affect the behaviour of the organism.

Course Details

This is an interdisciplinary degree course organised by the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, with significant contributions from a number of other departments. It is a rapidly-expanding field of study and this course is intended to provide graduates with a thorough basic training in this area of increasing importance. Neuroscience is studied at the molecular, cell and systems level.

Year 1
Core Modules:

Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Mathematics

Year 2

Foundation modules in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry deal with molecules, cells and tissues, the principles of human structural organisation and the relationship of structure to function. Core Modules:

Molecular Biology
Biostatistics
Principles of Human Structure
Mammalian Cell and Tissue Structure
Introductory Physiology
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology
Biomolecules and Metabolic Pathways

Year 3
Detailed study of the human nervous system commences and this is placed in the general context of the structure and development of the human body as a whole. Other modules concentrate on the principles of molecular biology and the biochemistry, pharmacology and diseases of the nervous system.Core modules:

Human Nervous System
Neurobiology of Regulatory Systems
Human Embryology and Developmental Biology
Human Regional Neuroanatomy
Neurobiology of Disease
Molecular Biology
Biochemistry of the CNS
Pharmacology
Research Methodology in Neuroscience
Library Project

Plus one elective module.

Year 4
You will study the nervous system in detail and undertake asubstantial research project, supported by modules in research techniques (Year 3) and in developing scientific literacy through structured review of neuroscience research.Core modules:

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Medical Imaging and Biomedical Devices in the Neurosciences
  • Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Molecular Basis of Brain Disorders
  • Research Project

Plus one elective module

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modulesfor a more detailed description of programme modules.

Fact File

Course Code: CK402

Course Title: Neuroscience

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.Some modules incorporate practical laboratories and for these the students may be required to purchase basic safely items such as a laboratory coat or goggles. Other modules may require a kit of components to be purchased.

2017 Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. At least a H4 must be obtained in the Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

Entry Points: 2016: 480. Points may vary from year to year

Course Practicalities

This course comprises a combination of lectures, practicals (experiments) and tutorials/workshops.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modulesfor a more detailed description of programme modules.

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants: Application is made through theCAOand the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Further Contact Information

Dr Yvonne Nolan,

Director of BSc Neuroscience

E: y.nolan@ucc.ie

Tel: +353 (0) 21 420 5476

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEU 3000International course feesEUR 3000

Notes about fees for this course

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.Some modules incorporate practical laboratories and for these the students may be required to purchase basic safely items such as a laboratory coat or goggles. Other modules may require a kit of components to be purchased.

2017 Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. At least a H4 must be obtained in the Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

Entry Points: 2016: 480. Points may vary from year to year

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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