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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MBiol, BSc Neuroscience (Integrated Masters)

Programme code:MBBS-NEUROSCUCAS code:B149
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Hugh Pearson Contact address:h.a.pearson@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

- A-level: AAA
- Including Biology or Chemistry, plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
- We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Science-related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.
- Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
- GCSE: Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

The three year BSc programmes upon which the Integrated Masters are built meet the QAA Benchmarks and meet the QAA expectations for integrated masters programmes.
There are no specified QAA Benchmarks for Integrated Masters degrees in Bioscience, however the principle of such programmes in other subject areas is to ensure coverage of Honours level Benchmark requirements plus ensure that the higher Masters levels objectives are met including: .

Research training
Project-specific experimental skills
Accessing literature
Planning, including evaluation of hazards and environmental effects
Making oral presentations, writing reports, including critical evaluation
Participating in colloquia

Research project
Implementation of planned experiments
Recording of data and their critical analysis
Dissertation
Outcome potentially publishable

Advanced studies
In area of specialism to support research topic
Complementary studies outside, but cognate to, area of specialism

Problem solving
Development of general strategies including the identification of additional information required and problems where there is not a unique solution
Application of advances studies to the solutions of problems

Professional studies
Ethics and societal responsibilities
Environmental impact
Sustainability

It is important to note that for students who may elect not to complete the fourth year of the programme, or who are advised that their performance makes it unlikely that they would be successful in completing the programme will have met the QAA benchmarks for the BSc and so they will be able to graduate after 3 years.

Programme specification:

Distinctiveness of the Neuroscience programme from the other programmes in the Biomedical Sciences area is brought about by a combination of the unique modules to this programme and the subject specific neuroscience focus studied in several of the other modules. There are 20 credits at level 2 (BMSC2227 Experimental Skills in Neuroscience and BMSC2231 Topics in Neuroscience), and 40 credits at level 3 (BMSC3144 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience I and BMSC3234 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience II) that are unique to the Neuroscience programme. In addition students doing Neuroscience will undertake a research project with a Neuroscience focus (BMSC3399 Research Project preparation – 20 credits and BMSC5382 Extended Research Project – 90 credits) and focus on Neuroscience Advanced Research Topics – 30 credits.

The MBiol, BSc Neuroscience programme is distinctive because it develops an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge in the programme area together with an exceptional experience of advanced research delivered through an integrated research project.

The most important values which inform the MBiol, BSc Neuroscience programme are to provide excellent students with the opportunity to gain substantial research training and experience through engagement with an individual research project conducted as part of a research team in an internationally recognised research laboratory.

The academic content of the MBiol, BSc Neuroscience programme concentrates on developing an understanding of research through the delivery and active engagement in taught components, practical skills development, data analysis and problem solving elements culminating in a major research project supported by further research and transferable skills training and career planning opportunities.

The most important intellectual skills developed in the MBiol, BSc Neuroscience programme are appreciation of the fundamental underpinning principles of how we collect, analyse and report data to generate new knowledge in the subject area leading through to the current state of the field informed by the research-based ethos of teaching and investigation.

The most useful practical skills, techniques and capabilities developed will be those underpinning the neuroscience programme area, together with advanced level research skills expected of early stage PhD students.

Competency will be developed in a broad range of topics associated with neuroscience, combined with competency in research methodology, the development of hypothesis driven research, the approach to the analysis of data and ability to solve problems, appropriate practical skills in the design and execution of suitable experiments, the production of publication quality outputs and the ability to communicate effectively.

The most important ways in which a student will learn are dependent upon the level of the students as they progress through the course. Initially delivery will be more research-informed teaching in lecture and seminar/tutorial and practical class settings leading to more independent research-based learning through lectures and independent study, small class teaching and project team or individual mentoring. Students will progress from the development of research-based practical skills in teaching labs to the design and execution of independent research work.

On completing the MBiol, BSc Neuroscience programme we want students to know and understand their programme specialist subject from basic principles through to cutting edge research, and to appreciate the process of research and to be able to demonstrate implementation of these principles.

On completing the MBiol, BSc Neuroscience programme we want students to be able to compete worldwide with other students for high quality research opportunities within appropriate industries or for PhD positions to pursue research careers.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BMSC1103Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills
Pre-requisite for: BMSC1213
20 credits 
BMSC1210Biology of the Mind10 credits 
BMSC1212Introduction to Pharmacology10 credits 
BMSC1213Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 220 credits 
BMSC1214Human Endocrinology10 credits 
FOBS1125Introduction to Physiology20 credits 
FOBS1135The Basis of Life20 credits 

Optional modules:

Candidates may study 10 credits from the following optional modules

BIOL1223Career and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 credits 
BIOL1225How can Biological Sciences change the world10 credits 
BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics10 credits 
BMSC1215Life in the Extreme: Ultra Human Physiology10 credits 
MICR1202The Microbial World10 credits 

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 10 credits of discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BMSC2118Neurobiology20 credits 
BMSC2119Experimental Skills10 credits 
BMSC2120Scientific Skills10 credits 
BMSC2121Cognitive Neuroscience: The process underlying cognition10 credits 
BMSC2122Cardio-Respiratory Neuroscience10 credits 
BMSC2223Neuropharmacology10 credits 
BMSC2227Experimental Skills in Neuroscience10 credits 
BMSC2231Topics in Neuroscience10 credits 
BMSC2235Molecular Neuroscience10 credits 

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 10 credits from the following optional modules:

BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 credits 
BMSC2210Chemotherapy10 credits 
BMSC2214Introduction to Toxicology10 credits 
BMSC2225Physiology of Absorption and Excretion10 credits 
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 credits 

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules with agreement by the Programme Leader.

Students may also select Biological Sciences modules listed below that are not normally available as Discovery modules via the on-line enrolment process.

BLGY2223Organismal Evolution10 credits 

Students are responsible for ensuring that discovery module timetables do not clash with compulsory and optional modules.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BMSC3140Advanced Scientific Skills20 credits 
BMSC3234Advanced Topics in Neuroscience II20 credits 
BMSC3398Practical Research Skills20 credits 
BMSC3399Extended Research Project Preparation20 credits 

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following modules:

BMSC3126Integrative Biomedical Sciences20 credits 
BMSC3144Advanced Topics in Neuroscience I20 credits 

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following modules:

BMSC3101Inherited Disorders10 credits 
BMSC3138Cellular Cardiology10 credits 
BMSC3139Systems Neurophysiology10 credits 
BMSC3149Drug Development: Pre-Clinical to Practice10 credits 


Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BMSC5301MAdvanced Research Topics30 credits 
BMSC5382MExtended Research Project90 credits 

Optional modules:

Last updated: 30/07/2019

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