Neuroscience With Professional Training Year
Our integrated master’s degree in Neuroscience is aimed at aspiring researchers and those seeking a career in science. This five-year undergraduate course enables you to explore the current frontiers of knowledge in your chosen field and provides training in advanced research techniques.
Neuroscience is the study of nervous systems, their component nerve cells and the functioning of the brain. The human brain contains one hundred thousand million cells, and how it works remains one of the most intriguing of all scientific questions. Can the brain understand the brain? Can the brain understand the mind? Is the brain a giant computer or something more?
On our Neuroscience program, you will explore these questions, using approaches that range from the biochemistry and biophysics of the nerve cell to a psychologist’s investigation of the machinery of the mind.
As part of this course you will spend your third year on placement at an academic, clinical or industrial research laboratory, or other approved establishment. This offers a great opportunity to gain first-hand professional research experience, and it has been shown to greatly enhance your subsequent employment prospects.
Many placements are in the UK, but in recent years we have had an increasing number of students taking up placements in international locations, including Southeast Asia, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Australia, Madagascar, and the USA.
This course provides an excellent foundation for future careers, and offers strong training for research scientists Our graduates have gone on to a range of exciting and fulfilling careers in both scientific and non-scientific related fields, including medical and scientific research, healthcare, scientific publishing, biological and pharmaceutical industries, toxicology, teaching and science journalism. Many also choose to progress their studies further with a higher degree.
- Enjoy a flexible course structure that enables you to tailor your degree to match your interests and aspirations.
- Enhance your career prospects and gain professional research experience with a sandwich year placement.
- Investigate a topic of your choice and develop your skills as a research scientist with an extended project in an active research laboratory.
- Experience the excitement of learning in active research environment, with teaching staff who are leading researchers in their field.
- Make use of the latest equipment, techniques and facilities in your project work.
- The School of Biosciences plays a lead role in the University's Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, offering access to a wide range of exciting training opportunities.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.
Typical A level offer
AAA - AAB to include Biologyor Chemistry. A pass in the practical element of the Science A level is normally required. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.
Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website
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- Year one modules involve lectures and supporting tutorials providing background theoretical knowledge as well as practical classes. Our various degree schemes share a common year one, which covers all aspects of the biosciences and has the big advantage of giving you flexibility of degree choice.
- In year two, extensive laboratory practicals help to develop practical skills and the ability to critically evaluate experimental data. Set assignments and reading are used to promote self-directed learning and the analysis of primary research literature.
- The third year is spent on a work placement related to your degree. During this placement you will undertake all aspects of research, including experimental design, data acquisition and analysis and data presentation.
- Final year taught modules focus on further developing advanced research techniques, literature searching and analysis skills, discussion and group-based critical appraisal of work, as well as planning of experimental work. The research project module will be a fully-immersive experience within a research laboratory over a 6-month period.
Tuition Fees for UK and EU students is £9,000
Tuition Fees for students from outside the EU is £21,950
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
What skills will I practise and develop?
Throughout the course, you will develop scientific competencies as well as key transferable skills that will be invaluable whatever your future career choice. These include:
- Independent learning and self-directed study;
- Collating, organising and analysing information to create logical and persuasive arguments;
- Analytical thinking and problem solving;
- Communicating complex ideas in a clear, effective way (using all media);
- Working effectively in a team and as an individual;
- IT competency, including presentation, graphics and statistics packages;
- Performing and interpreting statistical analyses of data;
- Effective time management and organisational skills.
As a result of engaging fully with this course, you should be able to:
- Critically analyse, synthesise and summarise information from a variety of sources;
- Discuss the relationships between structure/formation and function/regulation of molecules, organelles, cells, tissues, organisms and populations;
- Effectively communicate scientific, and other, information to a variety of audiences, including the general public, using a range of formats and approaches;
- Discuss current issues of research, investigation and/or debate;
- Synthesise an argument or point of view, based on solid data and evidence;
- Determine the validity and rigour of statistical outcomes;
- Build on knowledge and understanding of the role and impact of intellectual property (IP) within a research environment;
- Work effectively within a group-based environment, both as a leader and a member of a team;
- Demonstrate the skills necessary for independent lifelong learning (for example working independently, time management, organisational, enterprise and knowledge transfer skills);
- Identify, and work towards, targets for personal, academic, professional and career development;
- Demonstrate leadership and planning skills for setting, and meeting, achievable goals within the workplace.
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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