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BSc Neuroscience with Entrepreneurship / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Our BSc Neuroscience with Entrepreneurship course will enable you to combine science with business skills - a key driver of employability.
You will study how the brain and nervous system work to generate behaviour, perception, movement, sleep, memory and other key functions.
The course also covers new technological advances that have been at the forefront of recent breakthroughs in the field of neuroscience, including biomedical imaging, genetic manipulation and functional recording at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels.
There have also been major advances in our understanding of the biology of higher brain function and the pathogenesis of a variety of neurological disorders, such as mental health disorders and neurodegenerative diseases eg Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
You will study a range of topics during the course, including pharmacology, physiology, motor systems, sensory systems and more, with the opportunity to choose optional units in particular areas of interest.
You will spend your first year studying fundamental principles before going on to specialise in your second and final years.
The entrepreneurship units will be offered via the Masood (Manchester) Enterprise Centre (MEC) of the Alliance Manchester Business School at the University, exposing you to key learning in business innovation. The course also includes a year in industry on a research or business placement.
Learn alongside other entrepreneurship students
Connect with other science students with an interest in business innovation. Learn alongside other students taking a variety of degrees at the University, giving you the opportunity to practice your skills with your fellow students and make new friends.
Industry placements are available at home and abroad where you can use your entrepreneurship and/or subject skills in a range of ways including innovation work, biotech and marketing.
Foundation year available
You can prepare for the full degree course if you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry by undertaking our foundation course first.
Flexibility to transfer between courses
You can transfer between most of our bioscience degree courses at the end of your first year or, in some cases, later. You can only transfer onto this course if you have completed the required entrepreneurship units in Year 1.
Teaching and learning
The course consists of two-thirds of biological sciences learning and one-third entrepreneurship learning. You will learn your entrepreneurship alongside other students taking a variety of degrees at the University.
You will benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning methods that suit the content and aims of each course unit.
These range from lectures and tutorials to practicals and research projects, including the final year project .
Find out more about how you will learn and see a typical Year 1 timetable on our teaching and learning page .
Coursework and assessment
Assessment methods vary widely to suit the nature of the course unit and each level of study.
- Lecture units are usually assessed by written exam (multiple choice or essay-based), which are held at the end of an academic semester in either January or May/June.
- Practical units are usually assessed by experimental report and/or short written assignment and/or written exam.
- The proportion of independent study assignments increases during each year of study.
Lecture units are usually assessed by e-learning activities during the unit and multiple choice exams at the end of the semester. Year 1 contributes 10% to your overall degree mark.
Lecture units are usually assessed by a combination of e-learning activities, coursework and essay-based exams. Year 2 contributes 30% to your overall degree mark.
You will write a scientific placement report, which is submitted and assessed when you return to University in your final year. The mark for the report, and the associated viva voce oral examination, contribute approximately 10% towards your overall degree mark.
Lecture units are usually assessed by a combination of e-learning activities, coursework and essay-based exams. You will also take two honours papers and examinations comprising essays and data-handling problems.
A significant part of the year (accounting for one-quarter of the overall degree mark) is the project, which is assessed through a presentation and a written report.
The final year contributes 60% to your overall degree mark.
Course unit details
This course is modular. You will study compulsory course units and choose some optional units.
Most science units are assigned 10 credits and you will take 120 credits each year.
You will need to acquire 20 entrepreneurship credits per year, and there is some choice in which units you choose after Year 1.
Course content for year 1
You will gain a broad introduction to biological sciences, covering key concepts such as:
- fundamentals of neuroscience
- molecular biology
In addition, you will study fundamental concepts of entrepreneurial skills and business management. The Alliance Manchester Business School will deliver core knowledge of enterprise, markets and finance, and you will build entrepreneurial skills by writing your first business proposal.
Year 1 also provides an introduction to the essential data handling and laboratory skills required for all biological scientists.
Course content for year 2
You will continue your studies in greater depth and begin to specialise. You will also undertake a Science Communication unit.
In Year 2 you will learn about different aspects of neuroscience including how the brain controls movement, how we sense the world, how the brain develops and how different drugs can affect the brain.
In the Research Skills unit, you have the opportunity to carry out techniques that are widely used in current biological science research.
You will gain more choice in entrepreneurship units, for example, Enterprise Strategy and Marketing or Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development.
Course content for year 3
Course content for year 4
Final year topics reflect the current hotspots of bioscience endeavour and the research interests of our staff, and are constantly being updated.
In the final year you will delve deeper into how the brain works, for example, you will learn about sleep and biological rhythms, learning and memory, what happens in disease and how we can cure the brain.
You will undertake an independent in-depth research project that may involve supervised practical work in a laboratory, or you may choose to work on e-learning, educational, data analysis, bioinformatics or enterprise topics.
You will continue your entrepreneurial training and can specialise in healthcare or more broadly in feasibility and strategy.
What our students say
Our modern teaching labs are equipped for a range of biological and biomedical techniques. The following are just a few of the techniques you could undertake during your degree:
- electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG);
- electroretinography (ERG) and electromyography (EMG);
- dissection and histology;
- immunofluorescence microscopy;
- polymerase chain reaction (PCR);
- DNA sequencing;
Our computing facilities include access to over 200 PCs in dedicated clusters and e-learning tools including online lecture notes, discussion boards, lecture podcasts and quizzes. You will also have access to the University's other facilities for undergraduate students.
As a final year student, you have the opportunity to undertake a project in the labs of our world-class bioscience researchers. To support our research, we have extensive research facilities equipped with high-quality technology.