BSc Degree in Neuroscience

An interdisciplinary degree course organised by the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, with significant contributions from a number of other Departments, this course covers the structural organisation, structure function relationships and development of the nervous system in the context of the human body as a whole. It is a rapidly expanding field of study and this course is intended to provide graduates with a thorough basic training in this area of ever increasing importance. Neuroscience is studied at the molecular, cell and systems level.

Year 1

Core Modules:

  • Introduction to Biochemistry and the Biological Basis of Disease (BC1001)
  • Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and Evolution  (BL1002)
  • Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals (BL1004)
  • Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry Part 1  (CM1200)
  • Calculus for Science Part 1 (MA1001)
  • Calculus for Science Part 2 (MA1002)
  • Physics for Biological and Chemical Sciences (PY101)
  • Microbiology in Society (MB1003)

Year 2

In the Second Year, foundation modules in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry deal with molecule, cells and tissues, the principles of human structural organisation and the relationship of structure to function.

Core Modules:

  • Biochemistry:  Biomolecules (BC2001), Principles of Metabolic Pathways (BC2002)
  • Molecular Biology: Introductory Molecular Biology (ML2001)
  • Microbiology: Fundamentals of Microbiology (MB2005),  Principles of Microbiology (MB2006)
  • Neuroscience:  Principles of Human Structure (AN2003), Mammalian Cell and Tissue Structure (AN2004)
  • Physiology:  Introductory Physiology I (PL2021),  Introductory Physiology II (PL2022)
  • Statistics:  Introduction to Health Statistics (ST2001)

Plus two elective modules.

Year 3

In the Third Year the detailed study of the human nervous system commences and this is placed in the general context of the structure and development of the human body as a whole. Other modules concentrate on the principles of molecular biology and the biochemistry, pharmacology and diseases of the nervous system.

Core modules:

  • Research Methodology in Neuroscience and Biomedical Science (AN3001)
  • Neurobiology of Regulatory Systems (AN3003
  • Human Regional Neuroanatomy (AN3004)
  • Human Embryology and Developmental Anatomy (AN3009)
  • Library Project (AN3011)
  • Human Nervous System (AN3012)
  • Neurobiology of Disease (AN3013)
  • Molecular Biology (BC3006)
  • Biochemistry of the Central Nervous System (BC3008)
  • Introduction to Pharmacology (PT3001)

Plus one elective module.

Year 4

The final year entails detailed study of the nervous system, focusing on its internal architecture, microscopic structure, development and aging. Modules in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, neurodegeneration and biomedical imaging and devices are also taken. A substantial research project is undertaken and is supported by modules in research techniques (third year) and in developing scientific literacy through structered review of neuroscience research articles.

Core Modules:

  • Developmental Neurobiology (AN4008)
  • Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience (AN4009)
  • Research Project (AN4010)
  • Medical Imaging and Biomedical Devices in the Neurosciences (AN4012)
  • Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (AN4013)
  • Research Project: Advanced Research Methodology in Neuroscience (AN4014)
  • Molecular Basis of Brain Disorders (BC4011)
  • Neuropharmacology (PT4005)

Plus one elective module

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.


Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in Neuroscience reflect the worldwide expansion of interest in the field. This broad based course will provide graduates with general scientific training similar to that in other honours science degree programmes as well as specific, relevant training for employment in biological and neuroscience education and in basic and applied biomedical and neuroscientific research.

Postgraduate and postdoctoral research opportunities are available in Neuroscience in UCC, in other third level institutions, in hospitals and in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Neuroscience graduates will also be able to seek diverse employment in pharmaceutical sales and marketing and in scientific consulting and publishing.

Neuroscience Presentation

A Presentation to first year science students interested in taking Neuroscience Modules can be viewed in below link.

Open Day Neuroscience Presentation 2016

The  Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience participates in teaching for the SEFS at  Second, Third and Fourth years of the Biological and Chemical Sciences (CK402) programme leading to the BSc (Hons) Neuroscience degree.

At Second year level we deliver the modules

  • AN2003 Principles of human structure
  • AN2004 Mammalian cell and tissue structure

At Third year level, we deliver the modules

  • AN3001 Research Methodology in Neuroscience and Biomedical Sciences
  • AN3003 Neurobiology of Regulatory Systems
  • AN3004 Human Regional Neuroanatomy
  • AN3005 Human Topographical Anatomy
  • AN3009 Human Embryology and Developmental Anatomy
  • AN3011 Library Project
  • AN3012 Human Nervous System
  • AN3013 Neurobiology of Disease

This includes a library research project in an area of current Neuroscience research, which is supervised by individual academic staff of the Department.

 At Fourth year level, we deliver the modules

  • AN4008 Developmental Neurobiology
  • AN4009 Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • AN4010 Research Project
  • AN4012 Medical Imaging and Biomedical Devices in the Neurosciences
  • AN4013 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
  • AN4014 Advanced Research Methodology in Neuroscience

This includes a laboratory research project which makes up 15 credits of the final degree mark and is supervised by academic staff of the Department, each of whom is an active researcher in Neuroscience. 

Further Information

Have a look at the section  

See UCC information for undergraduate students:  Biological and Chemical Sciences (BSc) CK402

For further information about this course please view the College Calendar .  Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules.

Entry Requirements:HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. At least a HC3 must be obtained in the Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics

• Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO and may be required to attend for interview. Applicants are assessed on the basis of academic and/or professional background in a science-related discipline, evidenced by exam results and their personal statement. There are seven places in CK402 for Mature Students.

• International Students should visit the International Education Website: .

FETAC Links Booklet (1,515kB)

Course Code: CK402

Entry Points: 2015: 470. Points may vary from year to year

Refer to CK402, Biological & Chemical Sciences

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of Programme Modules.

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