Welcome to the undergraduate Neuroscience page. Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary science that focuses on the structure and function of the nervous system. Over the past decade it has flourished into one of the largest scientific fields of study, with, "Scientists are converging from all different backgrounds into this field: pharmacology, molecular biology, protein biochemistry, immunology, and physiology," says Ted Dawson, an M.D./Ph.D.
On this page we plan to include revision tips, lab project advice and experiences from students studying Neuroscience here at KCL.
2020-2021 Academic Year
Hello everyone! We hope you are all safe and healthy during this pandemic.
University will be resuming in September 2020! Campus will be open, but certain restrictions will be put in place to ensure the safety of both staff and students.
Lectures and labs will be recorded online for semester 1, but this may change in semester 2.
Workshops and tutorials will be hosted on MS Teams, but there may also be an opportunity to attend some on campus.
If you have any questions check out the College FAQ page.
Before entering my first year of university I was not sure what to expect. However once I got there I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and attend a variety of society organised events. CYO comprises of a range of modules from pharmacology to physiology and anatomy. I found that the workload was not too overwhelming so long as I organised my time! However, I would like to note that there is very little Neuroscience in first year, which was a bit of a shame. Overall it was a great year.
2nd Year Neuroscience
My second year at KCL, while perhaps not very time efficient, was fun and full of discovery. I found many interesting places in and around the campuses, including some nice restaurants and some rooms on campus that really should have been locked. The course itself had some interesting modules on topics that I hadn’t explored before, such as philosophy and embryology.
Magnus Jhaveri - 3rd Year Neuroscience
Neuroscience 3rd Year was easily the hardest year to mess around in. The heightened requirements in both the quality and quantity of coursework along with the accumulation of your personal and extracurricular responsibilities over the years mean that it’s that much harder to ‘just get by’. Luckily, the modules this year are more specialised, making the content that much more exciting. The Cellular & Systems module demands a careful, intricate understanding of the structural and functional organisation of the circuits driving vital brain functions. It can be quite challenging initially to familiarise yourself with the content, but it’s all the more rewarding when you (finally) do. The Perspectives on Pain module is diverse and very clearly organised, allowing you to focus on aspects of neurodegeneration, mental health and pain disorders, as well as how they interlink. I greatly enjoyed my laboratory research project and the Principles of Research module helped simplify key techniques and data processing in neuroscience research. Making the most of your third (and possibly final) year may feel important, and it definitely is, but don’t take on too much extra work. There will likely be times when multiple pieces of coursework have adjacent or even coinciding due dates and you’ll have to stick the landing, so give yourself some space. At times you may feel overwhelmed, but don’t forget that we’re never not learning and you’ll get through it one way or another. 3rd Year will be fun, I promise.
Tips & Advice
Are you a Neuroscience student at KCL, or would you like to become one?
Here you can find a description of the various pathways you can take to become a KCL Neuroscience student:
In this 3-year course, you will spend your first year (“Common Year One”) with other Life Science students, gaining a solid basis in anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology and statistics.
After your first year, if you realise that Neuroscience is not for you, you can switch to another programme and graduate in Biomedical Science, or in Developmental & Human Biology, or in Molecular Genetics - just to give some examples.
If you continue with Neuroscience, in your second year you will have 6 compulsory modules (Neuroscience, Neuroscience & the Mind, Physiology & Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System, Essentials of Embryology, Psychology 1 and Molecular Basis of Gene Expression), plus a module of your choice between Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience and Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Mind.
In you third year you can choose between three possible pathways:
1) Developmental Neuroscience/ Systems Neuroscience/Neurodegeneration – with the emphasis on laboratory-based research.
2) Neuroscience and Neuropsychology – includes a psychology research project.
3) A library-based research project – a broader range of lecture-based modules, with options to study the conduct of research and undertake laboratory practicals.
This course lasts 4 years, and the first 3 years are the same of a Neuroscience BSc degree. In your fourth year, you will take two compulsory modules (Research Project in Neuroscience and Project Design & Research Methods in Neuroscience), plus a module of you choice between a range of optional modules, such as Psychiatric Genetics Research, Neurodegeneration Research and Neuroimaging Research. The Neuroscience MSci course at King’s counts as a Master’s degree in the UK – but tuition fees are the same of a Bachelor’s
· Neuroscience BSc with Extra Mural Year
In this 4-year course, your first, second and third year are the same of a Neuroscience BSc, but, between your second and third year, you will spend one year working in a lab or in a pharmaceutical company, in the UK or abroad. A great way to gain research experience and boost your CV!
P.S. You can’t apply for an Extra Mural Year when you apply to university, but only during your second year as a Neuroscience student.
Neuroscience & Psychology BSc, Neuroscience & Psychology with a Year Abroad BSc, Neuroscience & Psychology with a Professional Placement Year BSc
In these brand-new programmes offered by King’s, you will study a range of inter-disciplinary modules such as Psychology & Society, Choices: Agency, Autonomy and Addiction, and Computing for Brain & Cognitive Scientists - cool stuff! The Neuroscience & Psychology BSc program lasts 3 years, the other two programs last 4 years each and give you the opportunity to study abroad or complete a professional placement during your third year. For more information, check out this pdf.
As you can see, King’s offers many options for students who are interested in Neuroscience – and these are just the options for undergrads! If you are looking for a Master’s or a PhD in one specific area of Neuroscience, take a look at these webpages: Postgraduate and PhD.