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  • Be taught by scientists from a range of disciplines, to broaden your understanding of neuroscience
  • Study in one of the UK's top teaching hospitals on a course with a strong clinical and pharmacological bias
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad for the placement year if you choose the MSci course
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Undergraduate courses


What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is a rapidly expanding field of study which looks at the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system in both healthy and diseased humans and animals. It integrates discoveries and concepts from neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and psychology. A deeper understanding of how the brain works is vital to improving people’s lives. 

Many current advances in biology and medicine rely on the application of molecular, genetic, physiological and behavioural methods, generating an increase in national demand for graduates with expertise in neuroscience.  


How will I study?

Our courses will provide you with a thorough training in modern experimental techniques and give you a range of transferable skills. The first year will provide a general foundation in aspects of molecular biology, genetics and physiology together with biochemistry and neuroscience-specific modules. The following years will provide an in-depth study through modules covering a wide range of topics related to the degree being taken.

In the latest (2014) Research Excellence Framework, 95% of our research work was recognised as having international significance.

We adjoin the 1,400-bed Nottingham University Hospital, enabling collaboration with clinical departments, and are linked to University Park Campus by a footbridge. All degree courses have input from other schools in the University, including chemistry, pharmacy and psychology as well as several clinical departments.

BSc or MSci?

The BSc is a three-year course and the MSci is a four-year course. Both are designed to provide appropriate training for a future career in scientific research, such as in the pharmaceutical industry or in an academic environment. 

The third year of the MSci is completed on an assessed research placement outside the University, either in industry or as part of an exchange scheme abroad.

For all students, the final year is spent doing a laboratory-based project together with modules in specialist areas of clinical and experimental neuroscience.


Assessment is through exams, coursework and research projects. The first year is a qualifying year, which you have to pass but which doesn't count towards your degree classification. Marks obtained in the following years make up your final degree grade.

Visit our school website for more details on how you will study. 



The broadly-based scientific training and extensive biomedical background provided by our degrees prepares you for a diverse choice of career opportunities in areas including biological research, health sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and agrochemical science, general chemistry, biochemistry and graduate entry medicine.

In 2017, 96.5% of undergraduates in the school secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,000 with the highest being £41,600.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


Study abroad

On some courses there may be an opportunity to take a year out between years two and three to undertake laboratory work in a research institute, hospital or industry either in the UK or abroad. Further information can be found on our study abroad webpages. 


Application and interview

Offers are usually made without interview. Students with non-standard entry requirements may be invited to an interview.  

Open days

UCAS visit days for students offered a place are normally held in February and March. For University-wide open days, please visit our open day pages.  
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