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Neuroscience (MBio) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Neuroscience (MBio)

Neuroscience (MBio)

  • UCAS Code
  • B142
  • Qualification
  • MBio
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAA/AAB
  • IB: 38/36
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)

Neuroscience is the discipline that encompasses the study of the brain and nervous system in health and disease. It is an enormous field spanning genomic, molecular, cellular, network and behavioural levels. Neuroscience is a truly multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional endeavour.

This course is for those students with an interest in the brain and the nervous system, and who, through practical classes and research-led teaching, wish to develop a greater understanding of this, the most complex and enigmatic of organs. With the knowledge and practical experience gained on this course you will be able to develop a career in neuroscience and human health, either in academic research, laboratory services, pharmaceutical drug discovery or clinical trials. Instead, you may wish to use the skills you have accumulated to pursue a myriad of other opportunities across many employment sectors that appreciate the value of a solid understanding of scientific principles, methods and approaches.

Modules span human brain health and wellbeing, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, infection, and the biology of molecules and cellular systems, including recent advances in psychiatric conditions such as depression and schizophrenia. Other areas covered include CNS conditions such as epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer’s and, Parkinson’s diseases, and neuromuscular disorders.

You will benefit from our tutorial system for academic and pastoral support and our four-year MBio gives you the opportunity to undertake an extended final-year research project.

A core syllabus is offered in the first year for all degree courses providing the essential foundations in biology, biochemistry, genetics and chemistry. The same content in the first year means that it is often possible to transfer between the different degrees at the end of the first year. Core and optional modules in the second and third years allow students to tailor their degree.

All modules are core in the first year with optional modules in year two and three with the fourth year comprising of an Extended Research Project and Research Skills (training in advanced laboratory techniques, data handling and statistical analyses, critical analysis of the literature and designing research proposals).

Students learn through a combination of tutorials, lectures, laboratory work, and independent and group research.

Class size

In your first year, lecture sizes are typically 290 students. The modules you take in years two and three will vary in class size. The maximum number is typically 100 and the minimum 10 students.

Contact hours

12 - 16 hours per week over 25 weeks. In your first year you should expect around 10 lectures a week, a full day in the laboratory and a taught tutorial with your personal tutor and 6-7 of your peers. Independent learning, reading and preparing for lectures and preparing assessments will occupy the rest of your study time.

Approximately 35% of marks will be assessed by course work throughout the degree. The final degree classification is determined by Year One (6%), Year Two (18%), Year Three (36%) and your final year (40%).

A level: AAA to include Biology or AAB to include Biology and one of the following: Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Statistics, Geology, Geography

IB: 38 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 36 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths/Geography

You must also achieve a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Contextual data and differential offers
Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)
    All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.

    We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

    Taking a gap year
    Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days
    All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

    Year One
    Molecules, Cells and Organisms

    You will study this module as the essential foundation for most other modules taught in the School of Life Sciences. You will gain the basic knowledge you need of molecular and cellular aspects of biology, and also become familiar with whole-organism and developmental biology, in the context of evolution.

    Agents of Infectious Disease

    You will start by gaining a thorough foundation in microbiology and virology, using infectious diseases as a common link to promote your understanding. Through your study of epidemiology, you will learn to appreciate the way that diseases spread and the methods used to investigate this spread. On completion, you can expect to understand the role of various structures associated with the bacterial cell in causing a range of diseases, and appreciate the structure of viruses and how this relates to their capacity to cause disease and the host response to viral challenge. This will equip you with the necessary theoretical foundations to underpin your future studies.

    Physiology and Metabolism

    On this module, you will learn how parts of the body function and work together in the whole organism. You will study the physiology of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and special senses. Your study of metabolism will help you to understand the generation of energy within the body, anabolism, the role of enzymes, and specific functions such as glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, pentose phosphate pathway and photosynthesis. You will then combine your learning to gain a thorough understanding of the way the body adapts to environmental conditions such as altitude, depth, cold and heat.

    Quantitative Skills for Biology

    All biological scientists need to understand and analyse quantitative data. So, this module will see you learning to use statistical methods for analysing and summarising experimental data (for example, from your lab classes), and learning the basic principles for modelling biological populations.

    Tutorials and Laboratories
    Chemistry for Biologists - compulsory for entrants without A2 level Chemistry
    Year Two
    Molecular Cell Biology

    On this module, you will gain a sound knowledge of the organisation, complexity and essential processes that occur in the genomes and information-processing mechanisms in all three domains of life. You will study the molecular biology that underlies fundamental cellular processes, including the cytoskeleton in cellular structure, function and motility, the mechanisms that control cell proliferation and genome stability, protein processing in secretory pathway organelles, and programmed cell death in eukaryotic cells.

    Human and Animal Physiology

    On this physiology module, you will gain a broad overview of neurobiology, the linked blood and circulation systems. You will study the physiology of the nervous system and undertake detailed analysis of the cell and molecular biology underlying the development and functions of the nervous system, leading to an all-round understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the linked blood (haematological) and circulation (cardiovascular) systems.

    Neurobiology of Disease

    You will learn about the structure and function of the brain and the peripheral nervous system. You will gain an understanding of the neuropathology, anatomy and pathophysiology of diseases involved. You will be taught how physiological processes can be disrupted and the clinical consequences these disruptions cause.

    Signalling and Integration in Health and Disease

    On this module, you will gain the foundations needed to advance your studies in endocrinology at the cellular and molecular level, and gain a firm basis for understanding normal hormonal control. You will also cover various aspects of pharmacology, from cellular and molecular mechanisms through to the treatment of human diseases.

    Tutorials and Laboratories
    Year Three
    Tutorials and Research Project
    Integrative Neuroscience

    The overall aim of this module is for you to consider the important cellular components of the central nervous system and how these determine and contribute to its integrative function. You will cover selected topics in contemporary neuroscience with content closely related to research interests of the teaching staff. You will learn about signalling in the central nervous system, genetic targeting and manipulation of brain cells, the roles of glial cells, cortical function and development, motor control, sleep and consciousness.

    Modern Approaches to Human Disease

    On this module, you will engage with two major themes in modern medicine: evidence-based medicine and medical ethnics. You will achieve this through in-depth study of the medical specialities of reproductive medicine, renal medicine and central nervous system (CNS) medicine.

    Year Four
    Research Skills Training
    Extended Research Project
    Selection of optional modules that current students are studying

    Dynamics of Biological Systems; Immunology; Oncology; Biological Clocks; Synthetic Biology; Science Communication; Extreme Environment Biology; Interdisciplinary and Business modules; One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases; Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology.

    Graduates on our courses have gone on to work for employers including: Astra Zeneca, NHS, Civil Service, KPMG, Johnson & Johnson, Tesla, ALS: Sarstedt Ltd, Novartis, universities and schools.

    They have pursued roles such as: graduate-entry medicine students; NHS scientists; biomedical research and development scientists; scientific publishing professionals; laboratory technicians; teachers; business, marketing and accountancy professionals; or have gone on to complete postgraduate study or research.

    Helping you find the right career

    Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

    • Careers in Life Sciences Networking Event
    • Careers in Science
    • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
    • Mock Interviews for Life Sciences students
    • Interested in Careers in Scientific Publishing

    Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.

    A level: AAA to include Biology or AAB to include Biology and one of the following: Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Statistics, Geology, Geography

    IB: 38 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 36 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths/Geography

    You must also achieve a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).

    Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    UCAS code

    Master of Biology (MBio)

    4 years full-time

    Start date
    28 September 2020

    Location of study
    University of Warwick, Coventry

    Tuition fees
    Find out more about fees and funding

    Additional course costs
    There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

    This information is applicable for 2020 entry.

    Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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