Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2018: 520
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 400

Leaving Certificate:
  • O2/H6 in Mathematics
  • O2/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects
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Why is this course for me?

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.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

As a Neuroscience graduate, you’ll have the opportunity to obtain employment in:

  • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
  • Medical research, including drug development and clinical trials
  • Hospital and university laboratories
  • Neuroscience research institutes
  • 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.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Neuroscience. Topics include membrane biology, developmental neuroscience, higher cortical function, synaptic plasticity, sensory neuroscience, as well as core modules in biomolecular and biomedical science.

First Year

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Neuroscience
  • + 2 Other Science Subjects
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Neuroscience
  • Elective modules


Fourth Year

  • Neuroscience (includes a research project in topics such as neurodegenerative diseases, cognition and synaptic plasticity)

All Science courses are full time, with many student timetables running from 9.00am to 5.00pm or later. Depending on the subject choices, a weekly timetable can include lectures, practicals and tutorials.

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.

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First Year
Second Year
Third – Fourth Year

International Study Opportunities

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.


“Halfway through 6th year, we started studying the nervous system in Biology. Immediately, I knew I wanted to study the brain. I chose Science in UCD because the course allowed me to take modules in all areas of Biology. Currently, in second year, I am trying out Genetics and Biochemistry as well as Neuroscience. I enjoy Genetics just as much as Neuroscience so, in future, I will take Genetics modules with my core Neuroscience modules. This ability to tailor your degree is part of why I love studying Science at UCD. After my degree, I hope to do a PhD and research the genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease.”

Aoife Hardesty, Student

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