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Neuroscience and Psychology BSc

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Overview

King’s College London is a world-leader in the field of neuroscience research, and is ranked 2nd in the world for psychology and psychiatry (US News Global Universities).

Understanding mental processes in health and disease goes hand in hand with understanding how the brain works. Our brains are complex biological systems, operating at multiple levels and constantly shaping and being shaped by our experience. This course, offered by one of the world’s leading centres for neuroscience research, will enable students to understand the interplay between mental and neural processes. The course will focus on psychological sciences and the exciting, growing areas of cognitive/systems/computational neuroscience. 

 The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

 The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • Knowledge across disciplines and levels of analysis, from cells and molecules to cognitive and cultural processes
  • Training in the latest technological and methodological developments in cognitive, systems and computational neuroscience.
  • Develop computational, statistical and analytical skills required to work with networks, complex systems and big data.
  • Develop the skills and mind-set required for working in teams of people from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Modules include: Psychology and Society, Origins of Individual Differences, The Cognitive Brain, The Electrophysiological Brain, Computational Neuroscience, Imaging the Brain - Reading the Mind, Complex Systems and Neuropsychiatric Disorders
  • Placement and Study Abroad available.

Key information

UCAS code C845, C846 (with year abroad), C847 (with professional placement year)

Duration Three years. Students may apply to a four year pathway with a professional placement or year abroad.

Study mode Full-time

Course type Joint honours

Course accreditations The BSc Neuroscience and Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing the Graduate Basis for chartered membership of the society

Further details

Awarding institution King’s College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Neuroimaging Department of Neuroscience Department of Psychology

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Course detail

Description

In years 1 & 2 you will study a mixture of core and mandatory modules. Some courses are shared with the Psychology BSc and incorporate the British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited curriculum conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for chartered membership of the society. Other modules will develop your understanding of neural science and methods, and build your skills and confidence in statistical analysis and computing using software such as R and Matlab.

You will have the opportunity study abroad for a year, or put your knowledge and skills in practice during a professional placement year. Our unique partnership with South London & Maudsley Hospital (SLaM), and the more than 100 research teams at the IoPPN, from basic and clinical neuroscience, to developmental neurobiology, to neuroimaging and psychiatric research, to neurodevelopmental and age-related disorders, ensure that you will find a placement that meets your interests. In your final year you can choose from an exciting and wide range of optional modules covering all flavours of neuroscience and psychology. 

Teaching

This course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and significant element of directed self-study.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching (28%) | Independent study (72%) | Placements (0%) 

Year 2 

Scheduled learning and teaching (27%) | Independent study (73%) | Placements (0%) 

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching (20%) | Independent study (80%) | Placements (0%) 

Assessment

This course is assessed through a combination of coursework – written work and presentations – examinations and, for some optional modules, practical assessment

Year 1

Written exams (47%) | Practical exams (3%) | Coursework (50%)  

Year 2

Written exams (54%) | Practical exams (0%) | Coursework (46%)

Year 3

Written exams (55%) | Practical exams (12%) | Coursework (33%)  

Teaching for your first two years will be split between Guy’s Campus and Denmark Hill Campus. Students on the four year Neuroscience and Psychology BSc will spend their third year either at a partner institution abroad or on a professional placement. In your final year, you will primarily be based at Denmark Hill, but exact locations will vary according to the optional modules you select.

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits each academic year. We review our modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.

 

Required Modules
Required 15-credit modules: 
  • Psychology and the Brain
  • Psychology and Society
  • Psychology and Development
  • Psychology and the Individual
  • The Making of a Brain
  • Brain Form and Function
  • Research Methods and Statistics with R 1
  • Research Methods and Statistics with R 2

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Optional Modules

Year 2

Required Modules

Required 15-credit modules:

  • Distorted Worlds: Variation in Perception & Memory
  • Choices: Agency, Autonomy and Addiction
  • Origins of Individual Differences
  • The Cognitive Brain
  • The Eectrophysiological Brain
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Computing for Brain Cognitive Scientists 
  • Research Methods and Statistics with R 3
Optional Modules

Year 3

Students on the four year BSc Neuroscience & Psychology with a year abroad course will spend
their third year studying abroad before returning to complete their final year with us.

Partner institutions currently include:

  • Korea University
  • Yonsei University
  • The George Washington University
  • The New School-Eugene Lang College
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Western University
  • University of Melbourne
  • Australia National University
  • University of Auckland

Neuroscience & Psychology with a Professional Placement

Students on the four year BSc Neuroscience & Psychology with a year Professional Placement course will spend their third year on placement before returning to complete their final year with King’s.

Neuroscience & Psychology BSc

If you are on the three year Neuroscience & Psychology BSc course, you will take the final year modules in your third year.

Neuroscience & Psychology BSc

If you are on the three year Neuroscience & Psychology BSc course, you will take the final year modules in your third year.

Required Modules

During your final year you are required to conduct a research project worth 45 credits (this is required if you want to be eligible for BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership).

Alternatively, you need to take the following two modules:

  • eLearning or Science Media/Public Engagement Project (30 credits)
  • Neuroscience & Society (15 credits)

Students on the BSc Neuroscience & Psychology course may have the opportunity to apply for transfer onto one of the four-year courses. This transfer cannot be arranged or guaranteed at the time of application to the course.

Optional Modules

In addition, students are required to take five modules from a range of optional modules (15 credits each), which may typically include:

  • Imaging the Brain, Reading the Mind
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Complex Systems and Neuropsychiatric Disorders
  • Memory Mechanisms in Health and Disease
  • Neuroscience and Society
  • Machine Learning in Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Addiction
  • Behavioural Genetics
  • Psychosis: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders and Mechanisms
  • Economic Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Topics in the Philosophy of Psychology

Entry requirements

 

Required subjects

Grade A in at least two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Psychology

Additionally Mathematics at GCSE grade 6/B (or equivalent)

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB

Must include at least two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Psychology at grade A. 

Additionally, minimum grade 6/B in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A 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.

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 

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science Diploma (or similar subject). Level 3 study must include study of at least one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Psychology.

Additionally, minimum grade 6/B in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent).

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Must include D3 in at least two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Psychology.

Additionally, minimum grade 6/B in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted by King’s as one of your Pre-U Principal subjects. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma  

Achieve DDM with two A levels at grades AA. A-level must include either Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Psychology.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma  DM + AA

Achieve DM in the BTEC Level 3 Diploma with two A levels at grades AA. A-level must include either Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Psychology.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate D + AA

Achieve D in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate with two A levels at grades AA. A-level must include either Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Psychology.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must include Advanced Higher in two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Psychology

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

Additionally, minimum grade Standard Credit Grade/Intermediate 2/National 5 in Mathematics if not taken at Higher.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

including 6,6,5 at Higher Level with at least two Higher Level in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Psychology. Additionally, minimum grade 6/B in GCSE Mathematics. Note the total IB point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme.

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Selection procedure

We are looking for intellectually curious and open-minded students who relish the opportunity of studying with some of the world's most distinguished academics in the field. You must be of the highest intellectual calibre, and we are looking for a commitment to embrace the challenge of a truly cosmopolitan education. The key criterion for entry is academic ability, but we will also be looking for evidence of your motivation to study, your communication skills, your enthusiasm for making connections between disciplines, and your understanding of the programme.

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £26,700 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, 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.

You can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • DBS checks
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities. For students spending their third year on a professional placement or studying abroad, King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King’s tuition fees.

At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • EU students studying for a semester abroad - £6,167
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.

NB: EU students will be liable for the same study abroad tuition fees as Home (UK) students in 2019/20. However, this may be subject to change in subsequent years. The Government is expected to announce changes regarding EU student tuition fees in September 2018.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

This course will appeal to students who are looking towards careers or future study paths in psychology or neuroscience. Possible career choices are broad, including all the career options associated with BSc Psychology (eg clinical psychology, occupational psychology, educational psychology) as well as more neuroscience focused careers such as biomedical research, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.

Neuroscience & Psychology BSc graduates can follow a variety of careers, within scientific research and beyond. You will develop wide-ranging knowledge of human behaviour and the nervous system, a thorough grounding in experimental research methods in psychological and neural sciences, training in some of the latest technological and methodological approaches in cognitive and systems neuroscience and the computational, statistical and analytic skills required to  work with complex and big data. You will develop the mind-set required for project-based interdisciplinary team-work, be comfortable working across levels of analysis, from cells and molecules to cognitive and cultural processes, and will develop problem solving and effective communication skills.

 

 

 

Career destinations

As a Neuroscience & Psychology graduate you could follow a variety of career pathways, including:
  • Scientific research and teaching in neuroscience and psychology
  • Further study in order to become a forensic, educational or clinical psychologist.
  • Pharmaceutical industry and Drug Development, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Data science, Health Science and Health Services Research
  • Science communication, museum work and public engagement, scientific publishing

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