UCC Undergraduate courses

Neuroscience

About This Course

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Course Outline

Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the nervous system and is one of the most challenging and exciting fields of science today.

The mammalian nervous system regulates all the functions of the organism. In the human, at least, it has unique functions that are independent of the other organ systems of the body. These independent functions allow us awareness of ourselves.

The extraordinary properties of the human brain have made it possible for us to dominate Earth, walk on the moon, alter the course of evolution, and create art and music. 

The brain works as an information processing system. The information consists of internal representations of the external environment in which the organism exists. Neuroscience is the study of how these internal representations are created, transformed and used to affect the behaviour of the organism.

This is an interdisciplinary degree course organised by the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, with significant contributions from a number of other departments. 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 increasing importance. Neuroscience is studied at the molecular, cell and systems level.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics.

Year 2

Foundation modules in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry deal with molecules, cells and tissues, the principles of human structural organisation and the relationship of structure to function.

Core modules:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biostatistics
  • Principles of Human Structure
  • Mammalian Cell and Tissue Structure
  • Introductory Physiology
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology
  • Biomolecules and Metabolic Pathways.

Year 3

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:

  • Human Nervous System
  • Neurobiology of Regulatory Systems
  • Human Embryology and Developmental Biology
  • Human Regional Neuroanatomy
  • Neurobiology of Disease
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry of the CNS
  • Pharmacology
  • Research Methodology in Neuroscience
  • Library Project

Plus one elective module.

Year 4

You will study the nervous system in detail and undertake a substantial research project, supported by modules in research techniques (Year 3) and in developing scientific literacy through structured review of neuroscience research. 

Core modules:

  • Advanced Research Methodology in Neuroscience 
  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Medical Imaging and Biomedical Devices in the Neurosciences
  • Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
  • Neuropharmacology 
  • Molecular Basis of Brain Disorders
  • Research Project

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

Course Practicalities

This course comprises a combination of lectures, practicals (experiments) and tutorials/workshops.

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

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment.

Why Choose This Course

Neuroscience is one of the most exciting and fastest growing areas in Biomedical Science

Dr Yvonne Nolan, Director BSc Neuroscience, UCC

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I enjoyed the research aspects of the course, and as the class size was small we worked well in teams as well as individually. I particularly enjoyed the clinical aspects of the Neuroscience degree

Liam Mulcahy, BSc Neuroscience graduate 2017

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Key facts

  • Multidisciplinary degree involving molecular and cellular biology, anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology and clinical neuroscience
  • Broad-based course integrating general scientific training with specific relevant skills-sets for employment in basic and applied biomedical and neuroscience research, as well as biological and neuroscience education
  • Research-led teaching by strongly-active neuroscience researchers
  • Well-established record of graduate employment in a wide range of academic and industrial settings.

Neuroscience is one of the most challenging and exciting fields of science today. It is a multidisciplinary subject and neuroscientists study all aspects of the nervous system – its molecular, cellular and systematic structure, how it develops, the chemical and electrical phenomena that take place in its nerve cells and, of course, its unique output: behaviour and cognition.

Skills and Careers Information

Career opportunities in Neuroscience reflect the worldwide expansion of interest in this field.

This broad-based course will provide graduates with general scientific training similar to that in other honours science degree courses as well as specific, relevant training for employment in biological and neuroscience education and in basic and applied biomedical and neuroscience research.

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

Requirements

Refer to CK402.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Refer to CK402.

Some modules incorporate practical laboratories and students may be required to purchase basic safely items such as a laboratory coat or goggles. Other modules may require a kit of components to be purchased.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK402.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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