Remarkable advances in neuroscience make it one of the fastest growing areas in biomedical sciences. Neuroscience is dramatically improving our understanding of the human nervous system, and most notably, the brain. You will get a strong foundation in biomedical science provided by core modules during the first two years, studying topics including:
- Molecular biology
Third year students will have the opportunity to undertake their own laboratory-based research project or join and work with an existing research group at QMUL.
This programme is co-taught by Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, bringing together core strengths and giving students access to a wide range of facilities.
Both schools offer students educational and academic excellence in neuroscience. From cellular and molecular neuroscience to comparative, behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, this programme delivers a wide range of research and educational expertise.
Research and teaching
By choosing to study at a Russell Group university, you will have access to excellent teaching and top class research. You will be taught by staff who are actively involved in research, who are enthusiastic about their subjects and sharing their knowledge with you.
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences both have a long-history of making ground-breaking research discoveries and of sharing these exciting findings with their students:
- Sir David Attenborough has been to visit our naked mole rats, which have resistance to some cancers and can live for up to 30 years.
- Sir John Vane, who founded Queen Mary’s William Harvey Research Institute, is credited with discovering how aspirin and similar drugs produced their effects
- Our Barts Pathology Museum is home to 5,000 medical specimens, including the skull of the only man to assassinate a British Prime Minister in 1812. John Bellingham was hanged, and then anatomised by medical students.
The IBIS-I trial (International Breast Cancer Intervention Study), led by Queen Mary University of London and funded by Cancer Research UK, found that the drug tamoxifen reduces breast cancer rates by nearly a third for 20 years.
You can choose to apply for a four-year version of this degree with a full year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each programme may vary).
While there are no extra tuition fees associated with these placements abroad, you will need to cover the cost of your transport to your destination and your living expenses, including accommodation.
Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL.
The programme structure outlined below is indicative of what you will study. It may change slightly from year to year as new topics are introduced and after we have listened to current student feedback on teaching.
- Exploring Neuroscience
- The Human Cell
- Chromosomes and Gene Functions
- Routes to Medical Progress
- Biomedical Physiology I - Exchange, Movement and Integration
- Biomolecules of Life
- Tissue Biology
- Functional Neuroanatomy
- Biomedical Physiology II - cardovascular respiritory
- Human Molecular Biology
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
- Membrane and Cellular Biochemistry
- Biomedical Pharmacology
- Systems Neuroscience
- Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics
- Cognitive Psychology
- Comparative and Integrative Physiology
- Infection, Immunology and Inflammation
- Repair and Regeneration in the Nervous System
- Perspectives on Brain Disorders
- Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
- Drug Discovery and Design
- Human Genetics and Genomics
- Molecular Basis of Disease
- Biomarkers in Neuroscience
- Neuroscience: molecules to behaviour
- Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
All third year students must complete one of the following:
- Research Project in Neuroscience
- Project Skills in the Life Sciences
2018 Entry requirements
|A-Level||Grades AAB - ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology or Chemistry. A second science subject at A-Level, of Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics is also required.|
|IB||International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 35 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Biology at Higher Level. This must include Chemistry at Higher Level.|
|BTEC||BTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.|
|Access HE||We do not accept Access qualifications for entry to this programme.|
|GCSE||Minimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.|
|Contextualised admissions||We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our designated webpages.|
2017 Entry requirements
- A-levels: Typically ABB or above at A2 level from three subjects, including A-level biology or chemistry and a second science subject (biology, chemistry, maths or physics)
- International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall with a grade 5 in three science subjects incuding biology and chemistry. Two sciences must be at Higher Level including at least one of biology and chemistry
- BTEC: We do not accept BTEC qualifications
- Access to HE Diploma: We do not accept Access qualifications for this programme
Visit our frequently asked questions page for answers to our commonly received queries about entry requirements.
Students may enter this degree programme via admission to the QMUL Science and Engineering Foundation Programme. Students must complete the foundation year and meet the required progression criteria.
General Admissions Entry Requirements
English Language Proficiency
All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.
Vocational and Other Qualifications
The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.
If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application for individual advice.
If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.
We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.
European and International Applicants
Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.
Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) is happy to advise you further.
For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
See our information and guidance on how to apply.
Learning and teaching
All our programmes involve a mixture of classroom activities and laboratory work. A variety of teaching styles are employed, which vary slightly among modules and programmes. Most material is delivered via lectures. These last around 50 minutes each and, typically, you would have two lectures per day. Lectures are backed up with small-group tutorials and workshops, where you have the opportunity to ask, in a relatively relaxed and small group setting, about material in lectures that you did not understand, to go through problems and practise past exam papers. In general, lectures, tutorials and workshops take place in the mornings and laboratory classes in the afternoons.
A typical weekly workload would be:
- 6-8 one-hour lectures
- 4-5 hours of practical laboratories or workshops
- 20-25 hours of private study/coursework.
For every hour spent at university you will be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; assessing data from experiments; completing lab reports; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study and laboratory sessions you attend, along with your reading and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
For all programmes you must take 120 credits (normally eight modules) in each academic year. Each module is assessed through theory examinations (typically accounting for 75-80 per cent of the final mark) and coursework (for example, practical reports, field course reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests). Examinations normally last two and a half hours for first and second years and three hours for final-year papers.
Final-year students undertake a research project/investigative project worth 15 or 30 credits; these are assessed with a detailed written report, oral presentation, poster and an interview. The main examination period is in May/June, with deferred exams and resits in August for first- and second-year students. The format of undergraduate examinations varies among programmes and may include multiple choice questions (MCQ), extended matching questions (EMQ), short answer questions, problem solving or case-based exercises, and essays.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Tuition fees for International students
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
Our graduates will go on to work in a wide variety of careers:
- Some will pursue a career in neuroscience and pharmaceutical research, industry and the commercial or public sector
- Some will continue with their studies and research at Masters or PhD level
- Others will transfer the skills they have gained to careers in diverse fields including media, technology and management
As a QMUL student, you will have access to our specialist Careers & Enterprise Service who can help prepare you for internships and graduate employment. Their services include support in choosing a career, CV and application writing, interview techniques and mock interviews, tailored workshops and employer-led events to help you apply for internships, part-time work, a graduate role of further study. You will also have access to a dedicated Careers Consultant and Internships Coordinator for your School who has expert knowledge of recruitment and connections to employers in the field.
QMUL is part of the prestigious Russell Group and our graduates have some of the highest starting salaries of any university in the UK (£24,000 average salary in 2015)*. Your standing among graduate recruiters is also enhanced by our membership of the Russell Group of leading universities.
Progression onto medicine or dentistry
This degree provides an ideal background for students who wish to progress onto medicine or dentistry, as our neuroscience students will study a wide range of biomedical subjects and develop an in-depth knowledge of medicines. You will also gain valuable experience of studying at a medical school, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Entry into accelerated four–year medicine and dentistry programmes in the UK is very competitive. Some graduates will apply for the conventional five-year medicine and dentistry programmes after completing their BSc degree. We recommend that students considering any route into medicine or dentistry speak to their academic advisor as early as possible.
*Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015, based on UK-domiciled, full-time students