BSc NeuroscienceAston University
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- Birmingham (England)
What you'll learn on the course
Basic IT training
Skills and Training
4 years full-time degree with one-year work or study placement
UCAS code: B140
Intake: 20 students
A level : ABB. Should include at least one A-level in a science (either Biology or Chemistry). General studies accepted as a fourth subject.
IB: 33 points
Access to Science considered on an individual basis from mature applicants (21+) only.
BTEC & other:
- D*DD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science) together with grade B in A level in Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Psychology, Applied Science or Physics).
- DD in BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science). With these qualifications we also require grades A and B in two A levels including one science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Psychology, Applied Science or Physics).
We welcome applications from students who have taken BTEC qualifications as a first option and who achieved five or more GCSEs (including Maths and English) at grade C or above. You must also meet the A-Level requirement listed below.
We do not consider applications from students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number and/or standard of A-levels for admission to our programmes and subsequently embark on a BTEC as a second option. Instead we would encourage you to resit your A-levels (see our resit policy below).
For students with good A-level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to this programme by completing a Foundation Year although please note the progression requirements to our programmes.
Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants for our undergraduate degree programmes with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements
We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking a maximum of one set of resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer.
- UK/EU: £9000
- International: £16,850
In the first year of your BSc Neuroscience you will gain a thorough and ‘hands-on’ grounding in the core principles and techniques used in neuroscience through a mixture of lectures and practical experience.
- Introduction to Cellular Neurophysiology: You will study: the physiology of action potential generation and conduction in nerve and muscle cells, central and peripheral synaptic transmission, the concept of homeostasis, the structures of the brain and basic function, functional anatomy and physiology of spinal reflex arcs and neuronal pathways in the central nervous system.
- Development and Human Anatomy: An introductory review of human anatomy in relation to function. Introduction to histology and cellular pathology, which can be used as a basis for subsequent study of cellular pathology.
- Research Methods and Statistics : Teaches students about the different types of research methods used in psychological research and issues associated with them. Also covers students a variety of descriptive statistics and non-parametric statistical tests and when it is appropriate to use them.
- Key Skills in Neurosciences 1: Covers basic mathematical, statistical and ethical concepts in neuroscience. Develops proficiency in searching the literature, the ability to critically analyse research and present arguments in both oral and written formats. Demonstrates the ability to work in teams.
- Biochemistry for Neuroscience: The main aim of this module is to ensure that students are familiar with those aspects of biochemistry that are most relevant to a study of neuroscience. The applications of these will be explored in subsequent years in the course.
- Abnormal Psychology : Provides an introduction to the concept of psychopathology and an overview of the different models of abnormal behaviour. To provide an outline of the aetiology and treatment of a number of key psychological disorders
- Cell Biology: Provides a basic introduction to cellular components and processes involved in the birth, life and death of cells. This will include the identity, nature and properties of important cellular organelles and how these organelles function in the physiology and replication of cells. In this module a range of biological analytical techniques used for elucidating cellular structure and function are described. Furthermore the role of abnormal cellular function in pathology is highlighted.
- Inheritance and Population Genetics: A classical genetics course which examines modes of inheritance of 'the gene' as described in Molecular Biology.The relationship between inheritance and human disease is addressed, to give an appreciation of congenital disorders and their prevalence within different populations.
- Psychology of Attention and Perception :The module introduces students to the field of cognitive psychology and familiarises them with the information-processing approach to the study of attention and perception.
- Neuroscience Practicals: Learn how psychophysical measurements can be taken and interpreted using Biopac and how to design and program experiments using Superlab. To be able to write up experiments in a lab report.
- Brain and Behaviour: covers the neural basis of more specific functions: low-level visual perception, emotions and higher order cognitive function.
- Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience Research Methods: Learn about modern neuroscience research including research methods with children and special populations, neuropsychology, Eye tracking, Neurostimulation techniques, Electrophysiology/Neurophysiology, Magnetic resonance based techniques
- Systems Neuropharmacology: Fundamentals of synpatic transmission in the CNS. Biological basis of drug actions in the CNS, including drugs of abuse and common prescription drugs. Biological basis of common neurological disorders such as epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson's, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. Pharmacotherapeutic approaches to neurological disease. Drug interactions in CNS disease.
- Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience: To equip the student with understanding of neuroscience and neurodevelopment from a cellular perspective, giving insight into how cortical structure develops and how synaptic and cytorchitectural features are subject to change during development. Teaches a broad working knowledge of the cellular elements of the brain, with special reference to inhibitory interneurones, local circuits, pyramidal and stellate cells, dendrites, synapses, presynaptic function and biophysical aspects including ion channel function, membrane properties and compartmentalisation.
- Advanced Statistics: develops proficiency in statistical analysis for a variety of research designs
- Key Skills in Neurosciences 2: Focuses on development of professional, intellectual and transferable skills used in the field of neuroscience. Develops key research skills from the theoretical conception of the project, through stimulus design and implementation, through to analysis and interpretation of results.
The placement year is an opportunity for you to set your undergraduate studies in context by taking a neuroscience placement in the UK or abroad.
During the final year of your neuroscience degree you will expand and specify your knowledge through a series of core and optional modules of your choice and through the completion of an original piece of neuroscience research as a final year project.
- Advanced topics in Cellular Neuroscience: By the end of this module the student will be able to: 1. Analyse how neuronal network dynamics reflect brain function in health and disease 2. Appraise advanced aspects of pharmacodynamics. 3.Critically evaluate new research techniques such as optogenetics and new philosphical approaches e.g. "causal neuroscience".
- Final Year Project (choice between cognitive neuroscience or cellular research): You will receive individual project supervision to undertake a project of mutual interest between you and your supervisor.
- Cell Biology
- Stem cell biology
And choose four from:
- Brain Imaging
- Mind and Brain
- Social cognitive neuroscience
- Neuropsychiatric disorders
- Autistic spectrum
- Music and the brain
- Basics of joint attention
Please note that not all modules are available every year and some may be subject to change. Final year modules are based on staff expertise.