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Neuroscience MBiol, BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    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.

  • Course content

    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.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 20 credits
    • Foundations of Biomedical Sciences 40 credits
    • Biology of the Mind 10 credits
    • Introduction to Pharmacology 10 credits
    • Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 2 20 credits
    • Human Endocrinology 10 credits

    Optional modules

    • Career and Professional Development for Life Scientists 10 credits
    • How can Biological Sciences change the world 10 credits
    • Introduction to Genetics 10 credits
    • Life in the Extreme: Ultra Human Physiology 10 credits
    • Introduction to Microbiology 10 credits
    • The Mind 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology 20 credits
    • Neurobiology 20 credits
    • Experimental Skills 10 credits
    • Scientific Skills 10 credits
    • Neuropharmacology 10 credits
    • Experimental Skills in Neuroscience 10 credits
    • Topics in Neuroscience 10 credits
    • Molecular Neuroscience 10 credits

    Optional modules

    • Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists 10 credits
    • Chemotherapy 10 credits
    • Introduction to Toxicology 10 credits
    • Principles of Drug Discovery 10 credits
    • Physiology of Absorption and Excretion 10 credits
    • Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University 10 credits

    Discovery modules

    • Organismal Evolution 10 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Scientific Skills 20 credits
    • Advanced Topics in Neuroscience II 20 credits
    • Practical Research Skills 20 credits
    • Extended Research Project Preparation 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Inherited Disorders 10 credits
    • Integrative Biomedical Sciences 20 credits
    • Cellular Cardiology 10 credits
    • Systems Neurophysiology 10 credits
    • Advanced Topics in Neuroscience I 20 credits
    • Drug Development: Pre-Clinical to Practice 10 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Research Topics 30 credits
    • Extended Research Project 80 credits

    Optional modules

    • Bioimaging 10 credits
    • Drugs, Processes, Products and People 10 credits
    • Infectious & Non-infectious Diseases 10 credits
    • Practical Bioinformatics 10 credits
    • Tissue Engineering 10 credits
    • Molecular Diagnostics and Drug Delivery 10 credits
    • High-throughput Technologies 10 credits
    • Medical Diagnostics 10 credits
    • Treatment of Infectious Disease and Cancer 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Neuroscience MBiol, BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals, while you’ll also benefit from our range of online resources such as Virtual Labs @ Leeds.

    Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.


    We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAA

    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.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      We do not accept Access to HE.

    • BTEC

      We do not accept BTEC qualification.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3/D3/D3 including D3 in Biology or Chemistry plus one other science or science-related subject.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 (with 18 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology or Chemistry, and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2 including H1 in Biology or Chemistry, and another science at higher level.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA in 2 Advanced Highers including Biology and another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking 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. Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      AAA 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.

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


    We welcome students from around the world and consider a range of qualifications. If your qualification or country does not appear on our entry requirements page, please contact us at

    Foundation year

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

    University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

    Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

    Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

    If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £21,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

    The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our scholarships

  • Career opportunities

    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:

    • Business Consultant, BW Penman
    • Income Development officer, Together
    • Medical Sales associate, Medicrea
    • Production Technician, Baxter Healthcare
    • Healthcare assistant, Milton Keynes hospital

    Careers support

    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

    Study abroad

    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.

    Work placements

    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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