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B140 BSc (Hons) 3 years


Remarkable advances in neuroscience make it one of the fastest growing areas in biomedical sciences.  Neuroscience is dramatically improving our understanding of the human nervous system, and most notably, the brain.   You will get a strong foundation in biomedical science provided by core modules during the first two years, studying topics including:

  • Neuroanatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics
  • Pharmacology

Third year students will have the opportunity to undertake their own laboratory-based research project or join and work with an existing research group at QMUL. 

This programme is co-taught by Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, bringing together core strengths and giving students access to a wide range of facilities.  

Both schools offer students educational and academic excellence in neuroscience. From cellular and molecular neuroscience to comparative, behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, this programme delivers a wide range of research and educational expertise.

Research and teaching

By choosing to study at a Russell Group university, you will have access to excellent teaching and top class research. You will be taught by staff who are actively involved in research, who are enthusiastic about their subjects and sharing their knowledge with you.

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences both have a long-history of making ground-breaking research discoveries and of sharing these exciting findings with their students:

  • Sir David Attenborough has been to visit our naked mole rats, which have resistance to some cancers and can live for up to 30 years.
  • Sir John Vane, who founded Queen Mary’s William Harvey Research Institute, is credited with discovering how aspirin and similar drugs produced their effects
  • Our Barts Pathology Museum is home to 5,000 medical specimens, including the skull of the only man to assassinate a British Prime Minister in 1812. John Bellingham was hanged, and then anatomised by medical students.

The IBIS-I trial (International Breast Cancer Intervention Study), led by Queen Mary University of London and funded by Cancer Research UK, found that the drug tamoxifen reduces breast cancer rates by nearly a third for 20 years.


The programme structure outlined below is indicative of what you will study. It may change slightly from year to year as new topics are introduced and after we have listened to current student feedback on teaching.

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

Elective modules:

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Repair and Regeneration in the Nervous System
  • Perspectives on Brain Disorders 

Elective modules:

All third year students must complete one of the following:

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: Typically ABB or above at A2 level from three subjects, including A-level biology or chemistry and a second science subject (biology, chemistry, maths or physics)
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall with a grade 5 in three science subjects incuding biology and chemistry.  Two sciences must be at Higher Level including at least one of biology and chemistry
  • BTEC: We do not accept BTEC qualifications
  • Access to HE Diploma: We do not accept Access qualifications for this programme

Visit our frequently asked questions page for answers to our commonly received queries about entry requirements.

Non-UK students

Students from outside the United Kingdom must give evidence of their English language ability by producing an English language test score. The university provides guidelines for English requirements for all degree programmes.

Foundation programme

Students may enter this degree programme via admission to the QMUL Science and Engineering Foundation Programme. Students must complete the foundation year and meet the required progression criteria.

Other qualifications

If you have qualifications, which are not listed above, please contact us to check your eligibility: 
Tel: +44(0) 207 882 3096 / +44(0) 207 882 7902

Learning and teaching

Fees and finance

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full-time £18,000

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676


Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate Employment

Our graduates will go on to work in a wide variety of careers:

  • Some will pursue a career in neuroscience and pharmaceutical research, industry and the commercial or public sector
  • Some will continue with their studies and research at Masters or PhD level
  • Others will transfer the skills they have gained to careers in diverse fields including media, technology and management.

As a QMUL student, you will have access to our specialist Careers and Enterprise team who can help prepare you for internships and graduate employment.  Their services include CV checking and mock interviews, tailored workshops and employer-led events.  You will also have access to a dedicated Careers Consultant for your School who has expert knowledge of recruitment and connections to employers in the field.

QMUL is part of the prestigious Russell Group and our graduates are consistently in the top ten graduate starting salaries in the UK (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016).  QMUL graduates have a strong earning power, with an average salary of £23,580.*

Progression onto medicine or dentistry

This degree provides an ideal background for students who wish to progress onto medicine or dentistry, as our neuroscience students will study a wide range of biomedical subjects and develop an in-depth knowledge of medicines. You will also gain valuable experience of studying at a medical school, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Entry into accelerated four–year medicine and dentistry programmes in the UK is very competitive.  Some graduates will apply for the conventional five-year medicine and dentistry programmes after completing their BSc degree.  We recommend that students considering any route into medicine or dentistry speak to their acdemic advisor as early as possible.

*Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2013/14



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