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University of Southampton

Neuroscience

UCAS Code: B140

Master of Neuroscience - MNeurosc

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

AAA to include Chemistry and one further science subject. A level science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.

The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A Levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects. However, all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies, Use of Maths and Critical Thinking).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

D3, D3, D3 to include Chemistry and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Pass with overall score of 36 points, with 18 points required at higher level: including 6 points from Chemistry and 6 points from one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

to include Chemistry and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

D*D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*DD

D*DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D

D*D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD

D*DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

AAA from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-Levels, to include Chemistry and one further science subject.

UCAS Tariff

144

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biochemistry

Understanding the human nervous system is one of science’s greatest challenges. Southampton’s MNeurosci (Master of Neuroscience) degree will give you the skills to become a highly-motivated, talented neuroscientist.
Our four-year integrated masters covers the breadth of disciplines encompassing molecular, cellular and systems neuroscience, neuroimmunology, neurodegeneration and neuropharmacology.
Through expert training and guidance in subjects as diverse as cell biology, genetics and biochemistry, you will become well equipped with the fundamental sciences to tackle this truly interdisciplinary subject matter.
You will build on the foundation of biomedical sciences in -year one, with increasing neuroscience specialisation through successive -years. This culminates in the final-year in an extensive individual research project, supported by a unique ‘Advanced Neuroscience’ module in which leading researchers give master classes, preparing you for a neuroscience career.
This course provides an ideal stepping stone to scientific or clinically-related postgraduate research, or careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Graduates will also be well-equipped to study postgraduate medicine.

Modules

Neuroscience – Physiology – Cell biology & Genetics– Metabolism and molecular biology –Biological Chemistry - Biochemistry - Core skills in the Life Sciences - Macromolecules of Life - Behaviour of Biomolecules - Pharmacology - Global Challenges - Political Philosophy - Immunology Infection and Inflamation - Bioinformatics and DNA Technology

Assessment methods

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, coursework and projects. In Part 3 you will undertake a research project either independently or as part of a group. In Part 4 you will undertake an individual extended research-based project, a library-based dissertation and prepare a series of critiques on research seminars attended. In addition, you will study two modules in depth, allowing you to critically assess research papers and write an overview of one aspect of the field. A key component will be a new “Advanced Neuroscience” module in which you will guided through the underpinnings of neuroscience research projects currently being undertaken. Throughout the programme you will undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate the taught material and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of Neuroscience.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£21,580
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Biological Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
med
Biochemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
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Average annual salary
94%
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Employed or in further education
100%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.

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