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Undergraduate Study

BSc Neuroscience

UCAS code B140
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2021

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Entry requirements

A levels: ABB
GCSE: Grade C in English Language

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Streatham/St Luke's

Discipline Neuroscience


  • Explore neuroscience in the context of both normal physiology and disease
  • You are encouraged to undertake a Professional Training Year in the UK or abroad and gain invaluable experience working as part of a leading research team
  • Develop your critical-thinking by working in small groups with expert facilitators
  • You’ll be part of our world-renowned research community from day one, working with researchers on their current cutting-edge research

Small group learning

Professional Training Year – encouraged and open to all students

Research-inspired teaching, part of the research community from day one

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level ABB At least one grade A and one grade B in GCE AL science subjects, one of which must be Biology.
GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.
*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one ‘science’.
IB 32/665 At least one HL6 and one HL5 in IB science subject, one of which must be Biology.
BTEC DDM Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require one grade A and one grade B in GCE AL science subjects, one of which must be Biology.
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other UK, EU and International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Helping you to apply

Will there be an interview?

No – we don’t interview for this programme.

What happens next?

If you receive an offer from us, you’ll be invited to an offer-holder visit day where you can find out more about the programme from our current students and meet the academics who will be teaching you.

Course content

Our Neuroscience degree has been carefully designed to share with you the latest ideas about how biological processes in nervous tissues enable the life we see around us, and experience ourselves.

Understanding these processes better could transform healthcare – and illuminate what it means to be human. These are substantial challenges. To meet them, we use small-group teaching throughout the course to help you develop your subject knowledge and capacity for critical thinking.

Underpinning this is our central commitment to research-engaged teaching. We do not want to simply share information with you; we want you to be part of the process of scientific discovery. This means that, alongside formal teaching sessions, we encourage you to become an active participant in our inter-disciplinary community. From the moment you arrive there are hands-on opportunities for you to do research.

If you choose the Professional Training Year for this course, it will take place between your second and third (final) year.

Course variants

UCAS code: B141

You can choose to, and we actively support and encourage you to, undertake a Professional Training Year (PTY). The PTY provides you with an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable experience of working as part of a leading research team. This gives you the chance to discover what it is like to work in a real research environment or a health intervention setting and will enhance your career prospects. You will contribute to a medical or health related project, and may have the opportunity to attend a national or international science conference to present your research data, or co-author a research paper.

If you choose a PTY, it will take place after your second year of study, and your degree will take four years to complete.

Why choose a Professional Training Year?

Undertaking a PTY placement will enhance your professionalism, independence and confidence; increase your subject knowledge and research skills; improve your problem-solving, team-working, leadership, communication and project management skills; and prepare you for working in a professional work environment.

How is the PTY organised?

You apply for a PTY during your second year of study and are supported to apply for positions with guidance from our staff. During your PTY you are closely support by both your workplace supervisor and visiting PTY tutor.

How do I apply?

You can apply directly to one of these options using the UCAS codes below, or you can apply to the standard BSc Neuroscience course and transfer onto the PTY option at the end of your first year.

OptionUCAS Code
BSc Neuroscience (standard course) B140
BSc Neuroscience with Professional Training Year  B141

How does it affect my tuition fee?

If, as part of your four-year degree programme, you spend a full academic year studying or working abroad you will pay a reduced fee of £1,350 (or 15 per cent of the maximum fee for that year). If you spend a full year on a work placement (in the UK) you will pay a reduced fee of £1,800 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee).


Tuition fees for 2021 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,800 per year


The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Learning and teaching

Throughout the programme, you benefit from a careful blend of innovative and traditional teaching methods. A variety of stimulating, cutting-edge resources are also available to support your learning.

Structured small group learning sessions

In tutor-led groups of 8-12 students you will investigate key scientific concepts and systems presented in the form of triggers. The style of trigger varies week by week but will include patient-based clinical case studies, current media-worthy medical science breakthroughs and extracts from research papers.

Life Sciences Resource Centre activities

You’ll be supported in your exploration of the human biomedical science that is presented in your small group sessions by the rich variety of state-of-the-art resources available in the Life Sciences Resource Centre. These resources include anatomical models, multimedia and IT resources, and a well-stocked library. Tutor-led activities will drive your engagement with selected resources in order to increase your understanding of the small group triggers.

Lectures and seminars

Large group lectures and cutting-edge research seminars delivered by academics as well as external speakers will complement your studies. Lectures may contain students from a variety of different programmes for which the lecture content is relevant.

Practical laboratory sessions

You will develop your laboratory skills in the biosciences teaching laboratory on the Streatham Campus and the new teaching lab at the St Luke’s campus, which are equipped with instruments for observational, experimental and numerical aspects of biosciences including a range of biochemical, molecular, physiological and electronic apparatus.

Online learning

Your learning will be supported by the University’s virtual learning environment. You will have individual access to electronic journals, content-rich study guides, and interactive online learning materials covering various science disciplines, formative online assessments and group discussion forums.


Regular assessment is used to help provide you with frequent feedback, enabling you to identify your strengths, as well as areas for improvement. Feedback is provided in a number of different ways including online written feedback and self, peer, tutor or small group feedback. Assessment formats include multiple-choice tests, essays, structured practical exams, reflective essays, oral and poster presentations, scientific report writing, short-answer question tests and independent project work.

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Your future

Our course prioritises your development of the range of skills which make scientific research possible. Critical thinking forms the core of this, but we supplement this with a focus on helping you to communicate effectively across a range of media. The course will certainly develop your numeracy and knowledge of statistical methods, with further specialisation possible if are interested in mathematics and computation.

We believe that this clear focus on skills means that our Neuroscience course prepares you for employment in a wide variety of careers:

• Postgraduate study: MSc or Ph.D
• NHS-entry: Scientist Training Programme (STP), or Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS)
• Industry: Research and Development; Clinical Trials; Sales and Marketing
• Scientific Officer or Advisor: Public, Private or Third Sector
• Graduate entry to Medicine or Dentistry

"I’ve enjoyed the course immensely, finding it challenging yet thought provoking, and my favourite part of the course so far has been the small group learning sessions, helping to develop our knowledge of human physiology. I also learnt a lot from the brain dissection, which, along with weekly practicals, combines theoretical and practical knowledge."


studying Neuroscience