In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to a range of topics that will kick start your understanding of neuroscience. These include the Foundations of Biomedical Sciences, Biology of the Mind and an Introduction to Pharmacology.
You will also be trained in a wide range of laboratory and transferable skills. You will have the opportunity to choose subjects of interest to you, including microbiology, philosophy or psychology.
It may be possible to transfer to Human Physiology, Medical Sciences or Pharmacology after Year 1 (subject to academic approval).
Year 2 covers the structure and function of the brain and spinal cord, methods by which brain cells communicate and process signals, the means by which the brain controls the organ systems of the body and the drugs used to treat disorders of the brain. In your second year, you will carry out a series of practicals involving making single neuronal recordings in snail brains, which is very positively reviewed by our external examiners as a unique opportunity to do such experiments.
The degree offers the opportunity to take an industrial placement or study abroad year at the end of Year 2 (subject to academic performance), which will help to broaden your experience, enhance your skills and improve your employment prospects.
In Year 3 you'll have a wide range of advanced, research-based topics to choose from. These are taught by researchers who are world experts in the subject and will share their current knowledge and understanding with you.
You will undertake an individual or group research or literature project, which provides an opportunity to work alongside professional researchers undertaking cutting-edge work in specialised laboratories, including confocal microscopy, culture facilities and electrophysiology rigs.
Integrated Masters (MBiol)
Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the BSc and provide you with a foundation in the subject.
Year 3 of the MBiol is designed to prepare you for the Masters level of study that takes place in Year 4. You’ll take a research preparation module alongside compulsory and optional modules and a group research project.
Year 4 gives you the opportunity to explore specialist research topics and skills. You’ll study Masters level modules alongside an extended research project, giving you the chance to undertake research at the highest level, working alongside professional researchers and truly exploring the current issues facing neuroscience today.
Find out more about choosing between an integrated Masters and a BSc degree
Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
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
You’ll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. We’ve been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.
You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and practicals. Your first and second years will focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge in preparation for your final year research project, which will see you take on independent research and learning with the guidance of leading experts.
Across all years, additional workshop and seminar sessions will complement your lectures and lab practicals, and you will also undertake private study.
As a guide, a typical week in your first year includes nine to twelve hours of lectures, three to six hours of practical sessions in the laboratory, tutorials, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.
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.