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Neuroscience BSc (Hons)


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BSc (Hons)
3 years
September 2021
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Biological Sciences with Foundation BSc (Hons)


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4 years
September 2021
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Neuroscience with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)


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BSc (Hons)
4 years
September 2021
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This course is not available in clearing
UK fees
International fees
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Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students


Remarkable recent advances make neuroscience one of the fastest-growing and most exciting areas in biomedical sciences.

Taught jointly by Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, this programme brings together core strengths of both departments. You’ll be taught by leading experts in every discipline, and have access to the labs, IT resources and libraries of each school.

You’ll build a strong foundation in biomedical science, including neuroanatomy, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and pharmacology. In the final year, you’ll choose from modules covering stem cells, the repair and regeneration of the nervous system, perspectives on brain disorders and cognitive neuroscience.

Final-year students can undertake their own laboratory-based research project or work with an existing research group at Queen Mary.

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You can complete your Neuroscience degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 0


One Year-long double module allocated based on previous maths qualifications:

  • Mathematics A  or
  • Mathematics B

Semester 1


  • Communication in Science & Technology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Form and Function in Biology

Semester 2


  • Molecules to Cells
  • Diversity and Ecology
  • A Closer Look at Chemistry

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 1

  • Molecular Genetics
  • Cells
  • Tissue Biology
  • Biomolecules of Life
  • Biomedical Physiology I - Exchange, Movement and Integration
  • Human Anatomy
  • Functional Neuroanatomy
  • Exploring Neuroscience

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2


  • Membrane and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Human Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Physiology II - Cardiovascular and Respiratory
  • Biomedical Pharmacology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Systems Neuroscience

Choose two from

  • Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics
  • Comparative & Integrative Physiology
  • Human Genetic Disorders
  • Basic Immunology
  • Exploring Psychology I
  • Exploring Psychology II

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3


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

Choose from

  • Project Skills in the Life Sciences
  • Research Project in Neuroscience
  • Project: Engaging the Public with Science

Choose four from

  • Advanced Human Genetic Disorders
  • Advanced Immunology
  • Drug Design
  • Biomarkers in Neuroscience
  • Molecular Basis of Disease
  • Neuroscience: From Molecules to Behaviour
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychopathology

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year in industry

Our Neuroscience BSc with Year in Industry is available to transfer onto providing you achieve a satisfactory academic result in Year 1 and meet other academic requirements*. If you choose to transfer to this programme, you will spend a year working in an industrial placement in your penultimate year as part of your degree. During your second year you will identify and apply for an industrial placement opportunity, with one on one support provided by academic staff.

This unique experience will benefit your prospects for graduate employment, an industrial placement is an excellent opportunity to develop real world skills and put your learning into context. Students can apply for industrial placement positions in a range of relevant workplaces, such as in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry or an NHS laboratory.

Please note Year in Industry opportunities are highly competitive. If you are unable to obtain a placement, you'll transfer back onto our BSc programme and complete your third year at Queen Mary.

*To take part in the year in industry, students will have to achieve a Year 2 average module mark of at least 60% with no failed modules across Years 1 and 2.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Neuroscience BSc with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

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Doing a neuroscience course is fascinating because you're always learning about something new. I particularly enjoy discussions about how the brain gives rise to the mind and learning about how evolution has altered our brain and given us unique personality traits. My course will help me develop my lab and essay-writing skills, which is useful for any direction that I choose to take in the future.

Durdana Ahmed, Neuroscience (2019)


Teaching and learning

We use a mixture of teaching styles - lectures, tutorials, classroom activities and laboratory work.

Outside of classes, you’ll need to spend 20 to 25 hours per week preparing, writing up and reading.


Each module is assessed by written examinations and coursework (practical reports, field course reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests).

Final-year students undertake a research or investigative project, assessed with a detailed written report, poster and interview.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • newly refurbished lecture theatres
  • up-to-date IT facilities
  • modern, well-equipped labs.

You will also have access to the facilities of the medical school, including our fantastic library.

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Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


Medicine or dentistry

Neuroscience provides an ideal background for medicine or dentistry, as you will have studied a wide range of biomedical subjects.

The 19 highest-ranked students from our Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics programmes are guaranteed an interview for the five-year A100 Medicine MBBS degree (Barts and The London). Students are selected at the end of the second year on the basis of an aggregate of academic ranking (50%) and UKCAT score (50%).

The top five of these students will also be considered for the four-year A101 MBBS Graduate Entry Programme.

Other careers

93 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (HESA GOS 2017/18).

Our Neuroscience graduates go on to a wide variety of careers:

  • some pursue a career in neuroscience and pharmaceutical research, within industry or the public sector
  • some continue their studies and research at Masters or PhD level
  • others transfer their skills to careers in fields including media, technology and management.

Some examples of careers Neuroscience graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Clinical Research Fellow at Blizard Institute, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Clinical Trial Project Manager at ECRIN
  • Clinical Trial Facilitator at King's College London
  • Junior Biomedical Scientist at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Health Informatics Trainee at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Research Assistant at University of Oxford
  • Big Data Consultant at FDM


Career support

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has a careers consultant, who can offer specialist advice and organise subject-specific events. We also have a dedicated internships coordinator.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

Neuroscience - BSc (Hons)

Biological Sciences with Foundation - BSc (Hons)

Neuroscience with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

About the Schools

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences - Biological Sciences

A large and dynamic School with strong links with industry, we offer a stimulating and supportive learning experience.

You’ll experience inspirational teaching from staff who are leaders in their field. According to the Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our chemistry and 82 per cent of our biology research is either world-leading or internationally excellent.

School of Medicine and Dentistry

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry is one of the oldest medical schools in the UK, and ranked as the third best medical school in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2018.

We're a friendly School, with excellent staff–student relationships. You’ll be taught by experts who are passionately engaged with their subject, and have access to a General Medical Council-commended student support and mentoring programme.


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