Dr Olivia O'Leary, new Director of BSc Neuroscience, hosts BSc Neuroscience stand at the UCC Open Day October 14th 2023

20 Oct 2023
Busy day at the BSc Neuroscience stand at the UCC Open Day on Saturday October 14th 2023

Dr Olivia O'Leary, newly appointed Director of the BSc Neuroscience programme led a group of staff and student volunteers from the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience to host the very busy BSc Neuroscience stand at the UCC Open Day on October 14th 2023.

The BSc Neuroscience stand located in the Western Gateway building welcomed students interested in the the BSc in Neuroscience degree to chat with academic staff and undergraduate and post graduate Neuroscience students, working in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience.

Photo: Dr Jane English BSc Neurocience Third Year Coordinator with Dr Olivia O'Leary, Director BSc Neuroscience degree programme welcoming students to the BSc Neuroscience stand at the recent UCC Open Day.

Dr O'Leary explained 'The BSc Neuroscience in UCC has a strong reputation for providing a high-quality student experience and many of our graduates have commented on the friendly and nurturing environment in which the programme runs. Many of our graduates have embarked on postgraduate studies in neuroscience or related life sciences research. Some have joined our PhD and MSc programmes here in UCC while others have obtained scholarships in Universities and research centres worldwide. Some of our graduates have pursued medical training at graduate entry level, including here at the School of Medicine in UCC and have gone on to specialist training in Neurology and Neurosurgery. Similarly, some have pursued graduate training in Allied Health professions such as Physiotherapy, Radiography, Speech therapy or Occupational therapy, while others have established careers in the pharmaceutical  and biotechnology sectors'. 


Postgraduate students Hugo Blair, Lauren Barrett, Susan Burke, Amiee Cronin, Clara Deady and Rebekah Bevans were on hand to chat with school students visiting the Neuroscience stand. As recent graduates from the BSc Neuroscience course the postgraduate students were busy throughout the day answering questions about the BSc Neuroscience course content, entry requirements and career opportunities.

The BSc Neuroscience is a very well established interdisciplinary degree course hosted by the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, with significant contributions from a number of other departments. The first BSc Neuroscience class graduated in 2000 and the degree now in its 26th year has an alumni of graduates who have taken many diverse and successful career paths. The BSc in Neuroscience also equips students for entry into the pharmaceutical, biomedical and biotechnology industry in careers such as clinical trials, sales and marketing, and research. Understanding brain function is also critical in many other fields including Medicine, Allied Health Professions, Education, Bioengineering and Law. Students on the programme study neuroscience from the molecular and cellular level through to behaviour, psychology and clinical neuroscience. Staff in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience participates in teaching the second, third and fourth year modules of the Biological and Chemical Sciences (CK402) programme leading to the BSc (Hons) Neuroscience degree.



For more on this story contact:

News story: Bereniece Riedewald

Photos: Dr Olivia O'Leary & Dr Jane English 

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