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The Neuroscience BSc at King's is a modern and multidisciplinary degree covering aspects of cell, molecular and developmental biology, neuroanatomy, physiology and pharmacology. It also links to psychology and philosophy. The programme will give you a broad grounding in the subject, with special emphasis on developmental neuroscience, diseases and disorders of the nervous system, and clinical and psychological aspects of neuroscience.
Europe's largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education
88% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016)
Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers
One of the UK's best graduate employment rates
A contemporary approach to the study of neuroscience, reflecting state-of-the-art research techniques and models
Opportunity to perform a substantial original research project in a leading laboratory
Flexible options to tailor your degree through overseas study, work placement or to switch to a four-year MSci.
UCAS code B140
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Department Department of Neuroscience
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
A levels: AAB to include Chemistry and Biology. Physics or Maths also preferred.
NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.
Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study of Maths or Physics also preferred.GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.
Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.
Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.
Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.
Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.
Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.
General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.
Are interviews offered? Yes.
Are all applicants interviewed? No. Only applicants who may be borderline or from a non-traditional educational background may be called for interview.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff.
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.
Application deadline: January 15 2017.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.
Neuroscience is a vibrant and emerging discipline that seeks to understand the development, structure and function of the nervous system, as well as giving insights into possible therapies for neural diseases and disorders. The field of neuroscience draws its impetus from recent advances in molecular and cell biology, neuroimaging, systems neuroscience and bioinformatics, as well as incorporating a wide variety of conventional disciplines including anatomy, neurology, psychology and psychiatry.
One of the key strengths of the Neuroscience BSc at King's is its focus on research. Our neuroscience research centres are at the forefront of the field and their work informs the delivery and shape of our programme.
Our undergraduate programme will provide you with an integrated knowledge base in neuroscience, and a wide set of skills, including analytical and critical thinking, and the ability to understand and communicate complex ideas through different media.
This programme forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year one’ programmes within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Once you have successfully completed year one, you can choose to switch to any other programme within this suite.
In your second year, you will specialise in neuroscience, taking an integrated range of courses from molecular and developmental biology, neuroanatomy and physiology up to psychological theories of mind. These modules are integrated to provide an overview of neuroscience disciplines and to give you the knowledge to progress to the third year where you will further specialise, choosing one of three pathways: Neuroscience – Laboratory Research; Neuroscience and neuropsychology, or; Neuroscience – Literature and Practical Topics.
In year two you may also choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, or ou can apply to undertake an extra-mural or work placement, usually at a leading biomedicine employer.
Alternatively, after the ‘Common Year one’ programme, you can apply to transfer to one of our four-year MSci programmes: Biochemistry MSci;; Neuroscience MSci; Pharmacology MSci. In year three you can apply to transfer to the four-year Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research MSci .
Teaching on this programme takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research and writing assignments.
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You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations and practical observation.
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If you choose an extra-mural placement this will be assessed through a written dissertation and a poster presentation and which will be deemed equivalent to 60 credits at level 6 (the normal level of year 3 study).
In recognition of its focus on research and academic excellence, our Neuroscience with extra-mural year BSc has been given Advanced Degree accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Graduates of an accredited programme can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Member (MRSB) level after just one year of practice, rather than the usual three years. This will allow you to attain the qualifications of Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist two years earlier than graduates from other degree programmes
King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England
This course is taught at our Guy’s and Waterloo Campus, both on the South Bank of the Thames, putting you at the heart of everything London has to offer in terms of academic resources and also close to its social and entertainment attractions.
There are options to switch to any other course in the Bioscience suite or to a four-year MSci after year one. You can also choose to study abroad during year two.
Biochemistry (15 credits)
Chemistry for the Biosciences (15 credits)
Genetics and Molecular Biology (15 credits)
Cell Biology and Neuroscience (15 credits)
Fundamentals of Physiology and Anatomy (30 credits)
Fundamentals of Pharmacology (15 credits)
Skills for the Biosciences (15 credits)
In addition, students take 15 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:
Neuroethics (15 credits)
Neuroscience (30 credits)
Neuroscience & the Mind (15 credits)
Physiology & Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System (15 credits)
Essentials of Embryology (15 credits)
Psychology 1 (15 credits)
Gene Cloning & Expression A (15 credits)
Students also take one of the following optional modules:
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (15 credits)
Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Mind (15 credits)
You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, which currently include:
The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden
The University of Melbourne, Australia
National University of Singapore
The University of California
The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option.
Alternatively, you may apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Placements, either in the UK or overseas, may be in a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute. Programmes incorporating the extra-mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.
In your final year you will choose one of the following pathways:
1. Neuroscience - Laboratory Research
This pathway features a major neuroscience project within a research laboratory. It can be on a wide range of topics within cells, systems, developmental neuroscience or neurodegeneration.
2. Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
This pathway features a psychology research project.
3. Neuroscience - Literature and Practical Topics
This pathway features a literature-based neuroscience project (15 credits) and a shorter laboratory-based module comprising structured experimental sessions.
During year three you can apply to transfer to the four-year MSci Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research, on which you will be required to take a 90-credit research project usually at an external industrial provider within the UK during your fourth year.
A contribution by the university is given to cover additional living costs during the project up to a maximum of £2,000.
Laboratory-based Project in Neuroscience (45 credits)
Principles of Neurobiological Research (15 credits)
Cognitive Neuropsychology (30 credits)
Research Methods and Statistics Psychology Project (30 credits)
Literature based Research Project in the Neurosciences (15 credits)
Choose one of the following options:
Developmental Neurobiology (30 credits)
Perspectives on Pain & Nervous System Disorders (30 credits)
Mechanisms of Development (30 credits)
Cellular and Systems Neuroscience (30 credits)
Memory Mechanisms in Health & Disease (15 credits)
Choose two of the following options:
Imaging the Brain, Reading the Mind (15 credits)
Pharmacology of Neurological & Psychiatric Disorders (15 credits)
Neuroendocrinology (15 credits)
Choose a combination of optional modules to bring your total credits for the year to 120 from a range which currently include:
Behavioural Science (15 credits)
Cellular Basis of Drug Dependence (30 credits)
Project Design in Neuroscience (30 credits)
Experimental Topics in Neuroscience (15 credits)
Graduates from the School of Bioscience Education are equipped with a variety of transferable skills including data gathering, analysis and interpretation, presentation skills and teamwork. Our graduates are well-qualified to undertake a wide range of careers or training for a higher degree such as an MSc or PhD.
"Neuroscience at King’s combines almost every aspect of modern neuroscience, including philosophy of the mind and psychology, which presents a different and intriguing light into conventional science. Lecturers themselves are involved in cutting edge research."
"You can find experts in most fields here and the ease of access to these experts has inspired me. The reputation of King's is world renowned and having contacts here is invaluable."
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Full time tuition fees UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£22,800 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
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