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Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology

Understand the biology behind human and animal behaviour take the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Why is this course for me?

  • You want to combine studies of major topics in experimental psychology and neuroscience in this joint honours degree.
  • You want to improve your employability by taking this course with an industrial/professional experience year.
  • You want to start your professional career as a biologist or to take your first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist with this British Psychological Society accredited degree.
  • We have links with forensic psychologists, pharmaceutical companies and other institutions in the field of neuroscience and psychology.
UCAS course code
UCAS institution code
Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
3 years
Number of places/applicants
650/4500 (Overall data for biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate courses at Manchester)
Typical A level offer
Grades AAA-ABB.

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in two sciences at Higher Level, normally Biology and Chemistry.

Full entry requirements

Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5032
How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of the biological and biomedical sciences courses offered by The University of Manchester. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

“My course allows me the rare opportunity to appreciate abstract scientific concepts on real-life and visible levels. I am looking forward to undertaking research projects in my second and final years, not only for the chance to focus on the areas of neuroscience and psychology which have most interested me so far, but also to help in deciding where next to steer my postgraduate education.”

Zahra Khatib / Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology

Course description

One of the most challenging problems in modern biology is to understand the behaviour of both animals and humans in terms of brain mechanisms and evolutionary principles.

Approaches to this problem are diverse, varying from the study of biological systems at the molecular level, to analysis of human performance.

By combining studies of major topics in experimental psychology and neuroscience, this course provides a broad background in this exciting field of behavioural science.

The psychology component covers topics such as:

  • how humans and animals think (cognitive processes);
  • how the world is sensed (perception);
  • comparative and developmental studies;
  • abnormal psychology.

The neuroscience component of the course covers topics such as

  • animal behaviour;
  • learning and memory;
  • the action of drugs on the nervous system;
  • how humans and animals sense and respond to their environment.

Our degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means as well as providing a solid foundation for a career in biological sciences, it also constitutes your first step towards professional chartered psychologist status.

Open days

The University runs several open days per year.

Open days

We also operate campus tours, which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who can tell you all about life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). These tours are open to anybody thinking of applying to us for any of the biological and biomedical sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.

To book, please contact the Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250 per annum. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.


No specific sponsorships are available for this course.