Neuroinformatics combines neuroscience (the study of the brain) and information science (the collecting, storing, and arranging of information, especially using powerful computers).
This degree programme may appeal to computing science, mathematics and statistics students who wish to explore nature's solutions to computational problems.
This innovative and challenging degree programme examines the application of computational and analytical techniques to neuroscience, which has led to a recent explosion in computer modelling of complex physiological processes, ranging from the behaviour of single neurones to high-level cognitive processes.
Years 1 and 2
In the first two years you will study a combination of computing science, mathematics, biology and physiology.
Years 3 and 4
If you progress to Honours (third and fourth years) you will acquire
- a deep understanding of the core areas of computing science and physiology which underpin information processing
- an understanding of the ways in which information is processed by the central nervous system
- the ability to draw on your understanding of information processing to gain insight into the computational properties of real neurones and networks made up of neurones
- an understanding of the possible application of physiological principles to computing.
- In your final year (fourth year) you will study some areas in much greater depth. The distinctive features of your final year will be
- a research project carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff
- a selection of biological and computing science courses.
The project gives you a real opportunity to contribute to the development of the subject and the results sometimes contribute to scientific publications.
You will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad. The Erasmus Exchange Scheme offers the chance to study at a major European university, for three to 12 months, with some financial support from the EU. The International Exchange Programme allows you to spend a year or a semester in one of our partner institutions in Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, or the USA.
Our graduates go on to undertake research or are employed in industry or commerce. You will be well prepared to work in industries which also require an understanding of the neural processes of communication and control – for example, the pharmaceutical or engineering control industries.
This programme is particularly suited to graduate entry into Medicine.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAA or AAABB (including Mathematics and Biology or Chemistry) in first sitting = unconditional offer. Higher Mathematics at grade C will be accepted together with Higher Computing Studies or Information Systems at grade B.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB at their first sitting may receive a conditional offer dependent upon them attaining enough Highers and/or Advanced Highers to bring their total attainment to six or more Highers/Advanced Highers by the end of their second sitting. Two Sciences (see subject specific requirements above), at minimum grades of A/B, if not attained at first sitting, will be required.
Additional offers MAY be made to applicants who achieved between ABBB and AABB (including two science subjects) at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
A-levels: AAB including one, preferably two, science subjects. Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
Accepted Science subjects:
- Computing Studies
- Environmental Science
- Human Biology
- Information Systems
- Managing Environmental Resources
- Science (Double Syllabus)
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.