BSc (Hons) Neuroscience

University College Cork

Course Overview

Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the nervous system and is one of the most challenging and exciting fields of science today.

The mammalian nervous system regulates all the functions of the organism. In the human, at least, it has unique functions that are independent of the other organ systems of the body. These independent functions allow us awareness of ourselves. The extraordinary properties of the human brain have made it possible for us to dominate Earth, walk on the moon, alter the course of evolution, and create art and music.
This is an interdisciplinary degree course organised by the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, with significant contributions from a number of other departments. It is a rapidly-expanding field of study and this course is intended to provide graduates with a thorough basic training in this area of increasing importance. Neuroscience is studied at the molecular, cell and systems level.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

48 Months Full-time (4 Years)

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 22,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • Multidisciplinary degree involving molecular and cellular biology, anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology and clinical neuroscience
  • Research-led teaching by strongly-active neuroscience researchers
  • Broad-based course integrating general scientific training with specific relevant skills-sets for employment in basic and applied biomedical and neuroscience research, as well as biological and neuroscience education
  • Well-established record of graduate employment in a wide range of academic and industrial settings

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

  • Leaving Certificate:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H4 in one subject, minimum grade H5 in one subject and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects.
English: O6/H7
Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7 or H4*
Lab Science: O6/H7 or H4*
* If the H4 is in Maths, Applied Maths or Computer Science an 06/H7 in a Lab Science subject is also required.
The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry and Agricultural Science.

  • A-Levels: B B C
  • IB: 31

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better
Please note: Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to sit a UCC Language Centre Skills Check before receiving an offer. Applicants presenting with one of these two scores should contact the UG EU Admissions Office directly by emailing admissions@ucc.ie.

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake.

IELTS: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture). 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5.
TOEFL: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture).

  • TOEFL 80: Listening 17; Reading 18; Speaking 20; Writing 17

Pearson PTE Academic: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture). 59 Minimum individual sections 5

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects

Career opportunities in Neuroscience reflect the worldwide expansion of interest in this field. This broad-based course will provide graduates with general scientific training similar to that in other honours science degree courses as well as specific, relevant training for employment in biological and neuroscience education and in basic and applied biomedical and neuroscience research.
Neuroscience graduates will also be able to seek diverse employment in pharmaceutical sales and marketing and in scientific consulting and publishing.