Discover our undergraduate courses, Masters and PhD degrees in neuroscience.

Neuroscience is a complex and rapidly developing discipline, with still so much yet to discover. Neuroscientists aim to understand how the brain and nervous system creates behaviour, movement and perception, as well as how we learn and remember.

Studying neuroscience at Sussex will enable you to learn how neurons communicate with each other through synapses and circuits. You’ll explore what goes wrong in neurological disorders such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia.

You’ll learn from world-leading experts in the Sussex Neuroscience research programme. We have more than 50 research groups working on the central nervous system. Our specialisms include:

  • the neurobiology of neurodegenerative disease
  • motor control
  • sensory systems.

Your studies will be informed by our latest research, which ranges from studying molecules to humans. To support your career development, you’ll also study research methods and computation.

Explore Neuroscience at Sussex

The undergraduate view


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    My name is Julia, and I'm in my third year of studying Medical Neuroscience.

    I've applied to medicine, but science isn't the only thing that interests me.

    In my first years of university, I was involved with the Sussex Musical Theatre Society, where we put on Legally Blonde and Chicago.

    Currently, I'm on the committee for Brighton and Sussex Marrow, who help to recruit people to the UK Stem Cell Register.


    I applied to Sussex through clearing, so I hadn't actually seen the campus when I accepted my offer.

    Initially, I chose Sussex because it was so close to Brighton and its famous beach and the campus was right in the middle of a national park.

    I think all the nature around campus gives it a really warm atmosphere.


    My favourite part of the course so far has got to be the module I did with medical students and second year. I even got to go along some practical sessions with them.

    Personally, I've also really enjoyed being at a campus university because it means I can separate my work environment from my home environment.

    When I'm at university, I feel focused and in the mood to work, and then when I come home I can relax.


    As well as feeling much more independent than when I first started university, I also feel like I really know how to study.

    I know what works for me, but that might not be the best thing for someone else.

    For example, I like taking a lot of notes during lectures, but other people might feel that it's best to just listen and take it in that way.


    I'm excited to start my career in medicine, and I feel like Sussex has given me a really great foundation to be able to do so.

    Having done my third-year project in a lab, I feel like I can really appreciate the time and effort that goes into scientific research.


    I think most people probably won't feel 100% confident on where they want to study.

    It's a huge decision. My advice would be if you have a feeling in your gut, you should trust it.

    There's probably a reason you have that feeling.

    When I applied, I remember asking myself if I look back in the future on my time at university, which one pops into my head?

    I know that I'm biased, but Sussex is great.

    And with Brighton and London being so close, there's always something to explore.

Welcome to the School of Life Sciences

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    Want to help shape a better world through science?

    Want to tackle real world problems?

    And create world-changing impact?

    It all starts at the University of Sussex.

    Our research focussed courses span the whole of Life Sciences:






    Ecology and Conservation

    Biomedical Science


    Using the latest in cutting-edge advances.

    Guided by world-leading experts.

    Gain hands-on experience, in both our teaching labs and out in the field.

    Influence important policies on things such as the pesticides that kill our wildlife, and policies that protect endangered species.

    Work towards unlocking the secrets of the brain and ending the despair of cancer and Alzheimer’s.

    Join a community of leading scientists and like-minded students striving to make the world a better place for all.

    And follow in the footsteps of our 3 Nobel-prize winning alumni.

    We’re here today, to train the scientists of tomorrow.

    And you could be one of them.

    Find out more about the School of Life Sciences at

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