I am interested in studying Neuroscience in UCC. How do I proceed?
To study Neuroscience at degree level you should enrole for the Biological and Chemical Sciences Entry Module CK402. This course offers a range of modules in first year offering a variety of degree outlets in 1. Biological Sciences, 2. Chemical Sciences or 3. Science Education.
Upon successful completion of first year, students from first Biological and Chemical Sciences (CK402) and who wish to study Neuroscience will in second year select to choose modules in the Biological Sciences area of study which will allow progression to a BSc (Hons) Degree in one of the following: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, or Physiology (see UCC College Calendar for details).
Students who have succesfully completed second year Biological Sciences will upon entering third year apply for three degree programme outlets of their choice in order of preference from the following; Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, or Physiology. So it is at the end of 2nd year of Biological sciences that you are eligible to apply to the Neuroscience honours degree programme
To be eligible for entry to the BSc honours degree programme in Neuroscience in 3rd year you must have successfully passed 2nd year. However a quota of 15 places exists in 3rd year. Quota selection will be based on the aggregate of all second year results. In filling the quotas, preference will be given to students passing the Second University Examination in Science at the Summer Examination in the first year of registration for the Second University Examination in Science, and in order of merit of aggregate marks obtained thereat. Once this quota of 15 has been filled there is then no places remaining in the Neuroscience degree programme.
For this reason it is vital that you get good marks in the 2nd year Summer exams. Merely passing 2nd year exams does not guarantee entry to your first choice of degree programme.