Neuroscience BSc (Hons) 2021 entry

The BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience explores the interface between psychology and neurobiology and how the brain and the rest of the nervous system work in both health and disease. In your studies, you will be introduced to molecular, cellular and physiological processes; cellular and applied neurobiology; pharmacology and neurochemistry; cognitive and behavioural neuroscience; and clinical psychology.

During your degree, you will receive first-hand research experience in state-of-the-art neuroscience teaching facilities. You will be encouraged to explore a number of different research topics from neurological disorders and drug addictions to motor control and learning processes. 

More information for 2021 entry will be available in September 2020. For information on the current year of entry for this course, see the 2020 page.

How to apply

UCAS code

B140

Course type

Bachelor of Science (single Honours degree)

Course duration

Four years full time

  • Start date: September 2021
  • End date: June 2025

Entry requirements

These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.

    • Standard entry grades: AAAB, including B in two of the following subjects: 
      • Biology (or Human Biology) 
      • Chemistry
      • Mathematics
      • Physics.

    • Minimum entry grades: AABB, including B in two of the following subjects:
      • Biology (or Human Biology) 
      • Chemistry
      • Mathematics
      • Physics.

    • Gateway entry grades: BBBB
    • Standard entry grades: AAB, including B in two of the following subjects:
      • Biology 
      • Chemistry
      • Mathematics
      • Physics.

    • Minimum entry grades: ABB, including B in two of the following subjects:
      • Biology 
      • Chemistry
      • Mathematics
      • Physics.
    • Standard entry grades: 36 (HL 6,6,5), including HL5 in two of the following subjects:
      • Biology 
      • Chemistry
      • Mathematics
      • Physics.

    • Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5), including HL5 in two of the following subjects:
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • Mathematics
      • Physics.

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

How to apply

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

No previous knowledge of this subject is required.

General entry requirements

All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.

Other qualifications

More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.

Timetables

St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2021 entry

2021 fees are not available yet for this course. More information on tuition fees can be found on the undergraduate fees and funding page

Accommodation fees 

Find out about accommodation fees for University accommodation. 

Funding and scholarships

The University of St Andrews offers a number of scholarships and support packages to undergraduate students each year.

Find out more about undergraduate scholarships

Online visiting days

If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join one of our online visiting days to learn about the town, find out about our courses and talk to University staff.

Undergraduates

Our undergraduate visiting days for spring 2020 have now passed. Dates and delivery format for autumn 2020 will be announced in late spring.

Your future

Careers

Neuroscience is a wide and varied field of study, encompassing the workings of the brain and the nervous system. Graduates of Neuroscience degrees go into a range of career areas, including:

  • biotechnology
  • clinical sciences
  • management consultancy
  • medical devices industry
  • medicine, dentistry and midwifery
  • neuro-marketing and advertising
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • regulatory affairs, policy and research administration
  • research in industry or universities
  • science communication (publishing and media)
  • teaching in schools and universities.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students as well as a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills. 

Study abroad

Neuroscience students may participate in the University-wide St Andrews Abroad programme. You may also have the opportunity to participate in the School Abroad exchange programme. For information about study abroad options, please see the study abroad website

Student life

From the outset, the University of St Andrews offers an array of events and opportunities which result in a truly unique student experience. Students participate in a range of traditions, notably, the red academic gown and the academic family, where older students adopt first year students as ‘children’ and help guide them in a system of mentoring. These traditions and the choice of over 150 sports clubs and student societies to choose from ensures a community feel amongst students from first year onwards.

Students of Neuroscience may be interested in joining the following student societies:

  • Neuroscience Society organises regular social meetups, journal clubs, workshops and other Neuroscience-related events
  • Psychology Society organises academic activities such as lectures and trips to Edinburgh Zoo, as well as weekly lunches, a ball and other kinds of socials.
  • Biology Society organises regular social meetups and biology-related events throughout the year.

Neuroscience students will typically take their modules in the beautiful Old Library building and in the Carnegie wing of the Bute building, located inside St Mary’s Quad on the south side of town. Students will typically take their Biology modules in the Medical and Biomolecular Sciences building at the North Haugh on the western edge of town.

The town of St Andrews itself has lots to offer. As University buildings are located throughout the town, walking around you encounter ancient and modern buildings and areas of greenery and seaside which provide a rich, beautiful backdrop to learning. If you want a change of scenery, St Andrews' position near surrounding towns and cities such as Anstruther, Dundee and Edinburgh makes it ideal for getting to know more about Scotland.

Find out more about student life at the University of St Andrews.

Contact

School of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of St Andrews
St Mary's Quad
South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9JP

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2157 
Email: psych@st-andrews.ac.uk

School of Psychology and Neuroscience website

Policies

Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our admissions policy.

Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online (PDF, 84 KB).