Learn about the structure and functions of the human brain through this challenging and technical degree.
This course will provide you with a solid grounding in neuroscience and is ideal if you are interested in careers or further study in that area. It will also enable you to move on to further training to become a professional psychologist and is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
As a psychology student you can take advantage of the Department's research laboratories and resources for measuring physiological variables, such as heart rate. Additionally, the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, housed within the department, is equipped with a range of neuroimaging technologies – including an MRI scanner – and a digital signal analysis laboratory. There are many opportunities for you to get involved with its research.
The first two years of the course provide you with a broad overview of psychology, and are required for BPS qualification. You will study modules covering areas such as cognition, neuroscience, development, personality and social psychology. Neuroscience modules are taught by staff from the internationally renowned Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics.
During your degree you can also choose to study modules from the School of Systems Engineering, such as programming, neural networks and machine intelligence. In the final year of the degree you can develop your knowledge by exploring the areas that interest you most through a wide range of optional modules. Modules are regularly revised in order to incorporate the latest developments in neuroscience, ensuring your knowledge and skills are always up to date. Recent modules have included topics such as the electrophysiology of language, developmental neuroscience and the psychopharmacology of clinical disorders. Should you wish to study abroad, you can spend a term of your final year at a partner institution.
Throughout the course you will gain practical experience, and learn how to devise and run your own experiments. During the final year you will carry out an original piece of research on a neuroscience topic of your choice. You may even have the opportunity to present your work at conferences, and a number of past projects have won awards from the BPS and British Neuroscience Association.
Placement - You will have the opportunity to gain professional experience through work placements during the second year of the course. These can take place at an outside organisation such as a charity, or within the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics. Alternatively, you can volunteer as a research assistant on a range of projects within the Department. During your final year, you can opt to spend a term studying at a university abroad. We have links with many European institutions, as well as places further afield including locations in Australia, USA and Canada.