Neuroscience is the study of the brain and the nerves that make up the nervous system. The brain controls all bodily activities, ranging from heart rate and sexual function to emotion, learning and memory. Ultimately, it shapes our thoughts, hopes, dreams and imagination. In fact, the brain is what makes us human.
You should study neuroscience at Leeds because we will take you on an amazing journey. You will cover all major areas of neuroscience from the molecular to the clinical/pathological from an anatomical, pharmacological, physiological and molecular biological viewpoint. You will also learn about the disorders of the nervous system such as: neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson's, Alzheimer's), obesity and cardiovascular disease.
This course is designed to give you the best possible start into this fascinating field with its incredibly diverse opportunities, working with researchers at the forefront of their field, and studying questions such as; 'what is consciousness?' and 'how do we form and store memories?'
You will learn about disorders of the nervous system that underlie many current public health problems such as neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease), spinal cord injury and cardiovascular disease.
You will cover all major areas of neuroscience, from the molecular to the clinical/pathological, from an anatomical, pharmacological, physiological and molecular biological viewpoint.
All our degree programmes allow you to undertake a placement year and study abroad year as part of your degree.
This programme has been awarded Full Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Degree accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology acknowledges academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates have met defined learning outcomes, including gaining substantial research experience.
Year one will introduce you to the foundations of biomedical sciences, and provide you with a grounding in a wide range of laboratory and transferable skills. Year one is also a great time to explore other subjects, with modules on offer in microbiology, philosophy and psychology.
Year two will see you specialise in more specific topics, learning about areas such as the structure and function of the brain and spinal cord, and the way in which the brain controls the organs of the body. You will also have the option to undertake an industrial placement or study year abroad in between year two and year three (depending on academic performance).
Year three of the MBiol is designed to prepare you for the Masters level of study that takes place in year four. After the research preparation modules of year three, year four allows you to study Masters level modules alongside an extended research project. The extended project is a real chance to undertake research at the highest level, working alongside professional researchers and truly exploring the current issues facing neuroscience today.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
Including Biology/Human Biology, or Chemistry plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Science-related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.
Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
GCSE: Typically Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.
Number 1 for employability - the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.
This degree provides an ideal introduction if you wish a career in scientific research or other careers based in medicine, and also provides an excellent education for careers in teaching and graduate training schemes and research in Neuroscience. Typical graduate destinations include a medical-related careers, drug discovery, scientific writing, and teaching or courses such as graduate entry medicine or physiotherapy.
Neuroscience as a course displays excellent graduate prospects, as well as an exceptional level of employability. Data collected on graduate's salaries 6 months after graduation shows that this course boasts an average salary of £19,600 (DLHE 2012/2013) - with graduate destinations being varied in their outcome.
Recent graduate destinations include:
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, you will spend the fourth year of the MBiol studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University's Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.
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