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Neuroscience Stage 2 (SNC2)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)
Academic Year 2024/2025
Internships Available
Study Abroad
Sustainable Development Goals
Duration:
4 Year(s)
Next Intake:
2024/2025 September
General Entry Requirements (A-Level)

ABB / BBBD /
BBB + D AS Level

General Entry Requirements (IB)

29

Subject Requirements (Mathematics)

GCSE A / A Level D

(or AS Level C)
IB SL 6 / HL 4

Subject Requirements (Laboratory Science)

GCSE A / A Level D

(or AS Level C)
IB SL 6 / HL 4

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
Visit the UCD Global Undergraduate Entry Requirements webpage.

Curricular information is subject to change.

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, directed towards understanding how cells within the nervous system interact with each other to form the brain and regulate body functions, human behaviour, memory, emotions and consciousness. The malfunction of the nervous system lies at the heart of a number of devastating and currently incurable conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Neuroscience research probes the mechanisms underlying such malfunctions, with a view to helping in the discovery of drugs to prevent or manage these disorders.

Information on all our courses including pathways, internships and careers information is available in the UCD Science Undergraduate Courses Entry 2024 Brochure (PDF).

About this Course

Neuroscience is one of the degree subjects available through the Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences stream in the common
entry Science course. Students study similar modules for all degree subjects in the Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences stream in first year and will study modules for a minimum of two degree subjects in second year. At the end of second year, students choose their degree major. Assuming students meet all the academic requirements in first and second year, students are guaranteed a degree subject from the stream they are studying in second year. We do our best to ensure that students go on to study their top degree subject choice. As we offer plenty of degree subjects in each stream, students have a number of similar degree subjects to choose from as their degree major. For more information on choosing a degree major at the end of Second Year, visit the Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences stream page.

This is a sample set of modules that a Neuroscience student could study each year in UCD.

First Year
Scientific Enquiry • Cell Biology & Genetics • Basis of Organic and Biological Chemistry • Biomedical Sciences • Biology in Action • Life on Earth • Linear Algebra for Science • Calculus for Science • Optional Science Modules • Elective Module

Second Year
Biomolecular Lab Skills • Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology • Biomolecular Sciences • Principles of Neuroscience • Chemistry for Biologists • + modules for 2 other Science Subjects • Elective Modules 

Third Year
Cell Signalling • Membrane biology • Pharmacology of Neurodegenerative & Psychiatric Illness • Data Modelling for Science • Nervous System Development • Sensory Neuroscience • Higher Cortical Function • Advanced Nervous System Pharmacology • Optional Modules • Elective Modules

Fourth Year
Research Project • Synaptic plasticity • Advanced Neurochemistry • Molecular Neuroimmunology • Synaptic Signalling • Advanced Topics in Neural Development & Degeneration 

Timetables & Assessment 
Each student will have their own timetable based on their individual module selection. This is a full-time course and classes may include lectures, practicals and tutorials, depending on the subjects. Students will also be expected to study independently (autonomous student learning). Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

Professional Work Experience
A limited number of opportunities exist in second and third year to gain additional laboratory experience during the summer. Funded schemes are organised by public and private bodies, e.g. the Irish Health Research Board and The Wellcome Trust (UK). In addition, occasional opportunities arise within individual research groups.

Below is a list of all modules offered for this degree in the current academic year. Click on the module to discover what you will learn in the module, how you will learn and assessment feedback profile amongst other information.

Incoming Stage 1 undergraduates can usually select an Elective in the Spring Trimester. Most continuing undergraduate students can select up to two Elective modules (10 Credits) per stage. There is also the possibility to take up to 10 extra Elective credits.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
BMOL20060 Biomolecular Lab Skills 1 Autumn

5

BMOL20090 Molecular Genetics and Biotech Autumn

5

BMOL20110 Biomolecular Sciences Autumn

5

BMOL20070 Biomolecular Lab Skills 2 Spring

5

NEUR20050 Principles of Neuroscience Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options
     
CHEM20090 Chemistry for Biology Autumn

5

PHYC10070 Foundations of Physics Autumn

5

Stage 2 Options
     
Stage 3 Core Modules
     
BMOL30040 Receptor-mediated cell signalling Autumn

5

NEUR30080 Neuromuscular and Membrane Biology Autumn

5

PHAR30080 Pharmacology of Neurodegenerative and Psychiatric Illness Autumn

5

STAT20070 Data Modelling for Science Autumn

5

NEUR30010 Principles of Nervous System Development Spring

5

NEUR30060 Sensory Neuroscience Spring

5

NEUR30070 Higher Cortical Function Spring

5

PHAR30040 Development and advanced pharmacology of the nervous system Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options
     
BMOL30030 Regulation of Gene Expression Autumn

5

BMOL30090 Immunology Autumn

5

MEIN30240 Bioinformatics Autumn

5

BMOL30020 Molecular basis of disease Spring

5

CELB30090 Advanced Cell Biology Spring

5

GENE30030 Genetic Basis of Disease Spring

5

Stage 3 Options
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
NEUR40020 Physiology of Synaptic Plasticity Autumn

5

BIOC40060 Advanced Neurochemistry Spring

5

NEUR40010 Molecular Neuroimmunology (UG) Spring

5

NEUR40030 Modulation of Synaptic Signalling Spring

5

NEUR40070 Advanced Topics in Neural Development and Degeneration Spring

5

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options
     
BMOL40090 Research Project (Erasmus) 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

25

BMOL40200 Industry Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

25

NEUR40060 Neuroscience Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

BMOL40100 Biomolecular Sci Research Proj Autumn

15

BMOL40400 Core Techniques in Biomolecular and Biomedical Science Autumn

15

GENE40070 Genetic Basis of Behaviour Autumn

5

NEUR40080 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Neurodegenerative Proteinopathies Autumn

5

PHAR40070 Advanced Neuropharmacology:Cognition, Neurodegeneration and Psychiatric Disorders Autumn

5

BIOC40030 Advanced Cell Signalling Spring

5

BIOC40220 Hot topics in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Spring

5

BMOL40340 Regenerative therapeutics Spring

5

GENE40030 Advanced Mechanisms of Gene Regulation Spring

5

GENE40050 Human Genetics & Disease Spring

5

PHAR40040 Emerging therapies: Cloning, gene therapy and stem cells Spring

5

PHAR40050 Drug Discovery and Development I Spring

5

A limited number of Fourth Year projects are available in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark; the Institute of Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry, Ruhr University Bochum; and in the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt.

Students have an opportunity to undertake an industry research placement for 6 months commencing in the Summer following Third Year (i.e. June-December). Assessment is based on a thesis, oral presentations and a laboratory report.

Students in recent years have completed internships at the Max Planck Institute, Ulysses Neuroscience and MSD.

Placements are secured on a competitive basis and are subject to change each year.



More information about the internship module and application process.


As a Neuroscience graduate, you will have the opportunity to obtain employment in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, medical research, drug development and clinical trials; hospital and university laboratories, Neuroscience research institutes, and government agencies. Neuroscience graduates also pursue graduate studies at MSc or PhD level. PhD programmes in Ireland and abroad cover areas as diverse as biotechnology, cell biology, and biomedical and health science. Many graduates also pursue graduate medicine and graduate pharmacy courses.

The following advice is for Non-EU applicants. For Irish/EU/UK students, please apply via MyUCD.

The following entry route(s) are available:
 
Science: Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences Stream (BLS1)
Undergraduate Degree (Non EU)
Entry in Sep 2024
Full Time - 4 Year(s) Apply from Oct 2023 Apply

By studying an undergraduate degree in the Science programme, you will be joining a global community of scientists and will be taught by world-class researchers at the forefront of research in one of the most innovative and diverse programmes in Ireland, encompassing biology, sustainability, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics and computer science. Faculty who teach on the Science programme draw on their research to provide an inclusive and equitable education for scientists who will be leaders and innovators in a range of industries and research institutes working towards a sustainable and equitable future. 

The curriculum is informed by the following research:

  • Exploring and understanding the processes that drive and can mitigate and enable adaptation to global change from evolutionary, environmental and social perspectives at levels ranging from molecular and genetic to individual, ecosystem and landscape

  • Translating fundamental discoveries to a greater understanding of health and disease, with the ultimate aim of informing novel drug discovery

  • Performing fundamental and applied research with a focus on current societal challenges including the energy transition, environmental change, geohazards and access to natural resources

The College of Science offers a range of degree subjects within the Science and Sustainability common entry courses that embed sustainability principles and are working towards the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Good Health and Well-being (SGD 3)

  • Quality Education (SDG 4)

  • Affordable and Clean Energy (SGD 7)

  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9)

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities (SGD 11)

  • Responsible Consumption and Production (SGD 12)

  • Life Below Water (SDG 14)

  • Life on Land (SDG 15)

The programmes at UCD are designed to equip students with the best education in their chosen field, while at the same time embedding the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) in their education where most relevant.

UCD Science allowed me tailor my degree to encompass all the aspects of science I need in order to succeed while keeping me intrigued and excited along the way. In third year, I was lucky to partake in the Erasmus Programme at the University of Nottingham, which gave me a different insight into the scope of neuroscience and the opportunities it presents. UCD offering multiple opportunities to travel and learn really highlights their dedication to offering the best possible education and to encouraging us to develop as a person! In addition, I had the absolute privilege of doing a 6-month thesis project in the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, which allowed me to work as a real scientist in a lab, something I see myself doing in the future.

Jodie Bermingham, Graduate

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Neuroscience Stage 2 (SNC2)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)