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Neuroscience

B140

4 years

Full-time

BSc

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AABB by the end of S5 or AAAA/AAABB in S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting.
  • IB: 36 points overall with 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, to include Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. Qualified applicants are advised to take Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level where possible. Standard Grades: Mathematics at Grade 2. English at Grade 3 (or National 5 Mathematics at Grade B and English at Grade C).
  • A Levels: ABB, in one sitting, to include Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. GCSEs: Mathematics at Grade B and English at Grade C.
  • IB: Overall score of 32 points, including HL Biology and Chemistry, one at Grade 5 and one at Grade 6. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. SL: English at Grade 4 and Mathematics at SL Grade 4.

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with minimum 23 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
  • Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 176 with 169 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Entry to second year

For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AB to include Biology and Chemistry.
  • A Levels: AAB, in one sitting, to include Biology and Chemistry.
  • IB: Overall score of 36 points, including HL Grade 6 Biology and Chemistry.

Applications

Please apply for only one Biomedical Sciences programme. You will have the opportunity to switch between programmes in later years provided the required courses have been passed.

More information

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AABB by the end of S5 or AAAA/AAABB in S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting.
  • IB: 36 points overall with 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, to include Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. Qualified applicants are advised to take Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level where possible. Standard Grades: Mathematics at Grade 2. English at Grade 3 (or National 5 Mathematics at Grade B and English at Grade C).
  • A Levels: ABB, in one sitting, to include Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. GCSEs: Mathematics at Grade B and English at Grade C.
  • IB: Overall score of 32 points, including HL Biology and Chemistry, one at Grade 5 and one at Grade 6. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. SL: English at Grade 4 and Mathematics at SL Grade 4.

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with minimum 23 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
  • Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 176 with 169 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Entry to second year

For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AB to include Biology and Chemistry.
  • A Levels: AAB, in one sitting, to include Biology and Chemistry.
  • IB: Overall score of 36 points, including HL Grade 6 Biology and Chemistry.

Applications

Please apply for only one Biomedical Sciences programme. You will have the opportunity to switch between programmes in later years provided the required courses have been passed.

More information

Overview

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, how the brain works and how cells interact to control behaviour.

Research in neuroscience is aimed at better understanding the structure of the nervous system, how it works, develops, malfunctions, and how it can be manipulated.

Research is aimed at developing more effective treatment of diseases such as stroke, neurodegenerative disease, mental illness, cancer, toxicity and trauma.

What you will study

Year 1

Year 1 The main theme you will study is the importance of biomedical sciences to medicine and health. You will learn how biomedical science discoveries and breakthroughs in understanding have led to medical and scientific advancement.

You will take three compulsory courses: Biomedical Sciences 1; Molecules, Genes & Cells 1; and Medical Biology 1 plus others from a range of biomedical and non-biomedical courses. Students without a B grade in SQA Advanced Higher Chemistry or an A grade in GCE A Level Chemistry need to take Biological Chemistry.

Year 2

The theme of your second year is foundational understanding of biomedical sciences and it includes essential learning applicable to biomedical disciplines.

You take three compulsory courses: Biomedical Sciences 2; Microorganisms, Infection & Immunity 2; and Cells to Organisms 2. You will choose other courses from a range of biomedical and non-biomedical options.

Year 3

You study two compulsory courses: Biomedical Sciences 3, the cornerstone to the theme of developing knowledge from experiment; and Neuroscience 3.

You will develop key graduate attributes, such as analytical skills, communication, and research and enquiry and study option courses to broaden your understanding of the discipline.

Year 4

The final year theme is research in practice. You study two compulsory courses: General Neuroscience; and Project Management, together with two option courses covering cutting-edge topics in more depth.

With individual supervisor support you will complete a major research project that involves original laboratory-based or library-based literature research.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical work, problem-based learning and computer-assisted learning. In the third and fourth year, there is more emphasis on self-directed study and discussion sessions with internationally renowned research scientists.

How will I be assessed?

In-course assessment and exams are used in all years of the programmes. Your degree classification will be based on your performance in Years 3 and 4.

Programme structure

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