Neuroscience and Psychology

Course Overview

Our Neuroscience & Psychology BSc program cuts across disciplinary boundaries to provide you with the knowledge and skills that you need to understand the workings of the brain and the relationship between mental and neural processes in health and disease. Offered by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), the premier centre for mental health and related neurosciences research in Europe, it emphasizes research-led teaching and provides an unparalleled opportunity to benefit from the expertise of world leading experts and state of the art facilities.

In years 1 & 2 you will study a mixture of core and mandatory modules. Some courses are shared with the Psychology BSc and incorporate the British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited curriculum conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for chartered membership of the society. Other modules will develop your understanding of neural science and methods, and build your skills and confidence in statistical analysis and computing using software such as R and Matlab. You will have the opportunity study abroad for a year, or put your knowledge and skills in practice during a professional placement year. Our unique partnership with South London & Maudsley Hospital (SLaM), and the more than 100 research teams at the IoPPN, from basic and clinical neuroscience, to developmental neurobiology, to neuroimaging and psychiatric research, to neurodevelopmental and age-related disorders, ensure that you will find a placement that meets your interests. In your final year you can choose from an exciting and wide range of optional modules covering all flavors of neuroscience and psychology.

This course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and significant element of directed self-study.

Year 1 Scheduled learning and teaching (28%) | Independent study (72%) | Placements (0%)

Year 2  Scheduled learning and teaching (27%) | Independent study (73%) | Placements (0%)

Year 3 Scheduled learning and teaching (20%) | Independent study (80%) | Placements (0%)

Assessment methods depend on the modules you will be studying, the primary methods of assessment for this course is through written coursework, presentations (both individual and group), examinations and practical assessments. The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

Key Benefits

  • You will study in a multidisciplinary environment, learning from and working with world leading experts in neuroscience and psychology
  • You will develop knowledge across disciplines and levels of analysis, from cells and molecules to cognitive and cultural processes
  • You will be trained in the latest technological and methodological developments in cognitive, systems and computational neuroscience
  • You will develop the computational, statistical and analytical skills required to work with complex neuroscientific data
  • You will develop the skills and mind-set required for working with people from diverse scientific backgrounds
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake a year’s professional placement or a year abroad. This year is subject to achieving a certain grade point average and being accepted at a partner institution

Course Aims

  • In years 1 & 2 you will study a mixture of core and mandatory modules. Some courses are shared with the Psychology BSc and incorporate the British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited curriculum conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for chartered membership of the society. Other modules will develop your understanding of neural science and methods, and build your skills and confidence in statistical analysis and computing using software such as R and Matlab.
  • You will have the opportunity study abroad for a year, or put your knowledge and skills in practice during a professional placement year. Our unique partnership with South London & Maudsley Hospital (SLaM), and the more than 100 research teams at the IoPPN, from basic and clinical neuroscience, to developmental neurobiology, to neuroimaging and psychiatric research, to neurodevelopmental and age-related disorders, ensure that you will find a placement that meets your interests. In your final year you can choose from an exciting and wide range of optional modules covering all flavours of neuroscience and psychology.

Entry Requirements

Grade A in at least two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Psychology.

A-Levels -AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King’s as one of your A levels. Subjects must include at least two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Psychology at grade A.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

International Baccalaureate – 35 points

including 6,6,5 at Higher Level with at least two of Higher Level subjects at 6 in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Psychology. Note the total IB point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

NOTE: For IB students intending to meet the subject requirement through Higher level Mathematics, they would be able to meet this through either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation.

You will also need:

GCSEs: Mathematics at GCSE grade 6/B (or equivalent) is required.

Special features

Optional study abroad – On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad, supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline. Find out more about Study Abroad

Optional accredited internships – On this programme, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake an accredited internship module (subject to availability), supported by Internship Convenors in your department and King’s Careers & Employability who will support you in navigating your career journey and through online learning and content designed to aide you in sourcing your own internship. Find out more about Internships

 

Course Website  
( https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/neuroscience-and-psychology-bsc )

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