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Our integrated Master’s in Neuroscience with Professional Training Year is aimed at aspiring researchers and those seeking a career in science. This five-year undergraduate course enables students to explore the current frontiers of knowledge in their chosen field and provides training in advanced research techniques. Neuroscience is the study of nervous systems, their component nerve cells and the functioning of the brain. The human brain contains one hundred thousand million such cells. How it works may be regarded as one of the most alluring and baffling of all questions on the frontiers of understanding. Can the brain understand the brain? Can the brain understand the mind? Is the brain a giant computer or something more? This degree will demonstrate ways in which we can attempt to answer these questions, using approaches that range from the biochemistry and biophysics of the nerve cell to a psychologist’s investigation of the machinery of the mind. The recent growth of this subject is due to the important contribution neuroscience is making to the understanding and treatment of mental and other neurological disorders, as well as the desire to understand the most complex functioning system evolution has created. Your third year is spent on a professional work placement related to your degree. Experience shows that this greatly enhances your subsequent employment prospects. The programme combines scientific understanding with the development of academic skills (critical appraisal, evaluation and analysis of data) along with the development of practical, presentation and written skills within a scientific context. The course ultimately aims to produce graduates who are employable, well-informed, versatile and enthusiastic ambassadors for science. The knowledge and skills that you develop during your Neuroscience degree will make you employable in a broad range of scientific careers including research, healthcare, publishing and teaching. The analytical and other skills acquired on the course are also an excellent grounding for many other career paths outside of science. Alternatively you may wish to further your studies with a higher degree. Distinctive features Our degrees are closely linked to the research interests of the staff who teach them, allowing you to experience the excitement of learning in an active research environment. We attract substantial external research funding and this will allow you to make use of the latest equipment, techniques and facilities in your project work. The School also leads the Neuroscience & Mental Health Research Institute, one of the University’s flagship Institutes, allowing access to a wide range of exciting training opportunities. This programme offers a high degree of flexibility with student choice at its core. You have the freedom to decide how your academic experience develops. You can choose to specialise in a particular area or to maintain a wide breadth of learning and explore the interdisciplinary research that underpins much of the School’s success.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||AAA - AAB||To include Biology or Chemistry. A pass in the science practical is normally required. Excluding general studies and critical thinking.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDD||BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied or Forensic Science or BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||AAA - AAB||To include Biology or Chemistry. Excluding general studies and critical thinking.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||36 - 34 points||Or 666 at Higher Level. Must include 6 in HL Biology or Chemistry.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||The Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.|
|Extended Project||A||For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4.|
English language requirements
All applicants are expected to have demonstrable English language skills. Most courses ask for GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent, but some courses ask for GCSE English grade B/6 or equivalent.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£10500||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.