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BSc Brain Science

3 years

€2530 pa

Programme profile

This fascinating new programme is a one-of-a-kind programme combining the fields of psychology, biology, maths, and computational science.

The human brain may look like a simple mass of jelly, but it actually is an amazingly complex network made up of billions of neurons and other cells. This network is responsible for how we experience and interact with the world. Are you curious how the brain perceives, feels, remembers, and behaves? Do you want to discover how habits and lifestyle choices can be implemented to improve brain health? Do you want to contribute to better treatments for brain diseases, like dementia and Alzheimer’s? Are you ready to unlock the power of the brain? Then this is the right programme for you!

You will experience the joy of uncovering the interconnectedness of the fields of biology, computational science, and psychology. You will see how relatively simple mathematical models are useful in capturing complex biological or psychological processes. You will see how everything is connected, from molecules and cells, to synapses and networks, and interactions among networks that sustain behaviour and cognition. You will also discover how high school mathematics are extremely useful. Have you ever wondered why trigonometry, matrix algebra, or differential equations are useful? Have you wondered in biology class why you had to learn about details of gene expression? You will be amazed! They will make much more sense once you start to the bachelor Brain Science. In short, transdisciplinarity is fun!

After graduating, you will become a transdisciplinary brain scientist. You will be in a unique position to creatively address unresolved questions about the brain. In terms of societal needs, people with expertise in brain science are in high demand in various sectors. The aging population and the increasing prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Dementia require professionals to develop effective treatments, improve diagnostics, and promote brain health.

Programme content

Year 1
Introduction to Brain Science; Genes; Proteins & Evolution; Linear Algebra & Calculus; Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience; Cellular Reactions & Metabolism; Neuroanatomy; Principles of Perception; Brain Cells; Advanced Calculus and Dynamical Systems; The Motor System; Learning & Memory; Probability Theory; Programming; Writing & Presenting Skills

Year 2
Ethics in Brain Science; Computational Science of Networks; Machine Learning; Neuromodulators of Perception & Psychopathology; Cellular and Systems Mechanisms of Memory; Advanced Statistics; Behavioral Research Methods; Computational Neurobiology of Movement Reinforcement; Memory Disorders & Treatment; From Neurons and Networks to Perception; Drug and BCI; Treatment of Movement Disorders; Measuring & Manipulating Brain Activity; Programming 2; Writing & Presenting Skills 2 

Year 3
Semester 5: Electives & Minors
Semester 6: A Transdisciplinary View on Computational Modeling; Current Trends and Critical Reading in Brain Science; Bachelor's Thesis

Throughout the programme, you will engage in mentor guided group projects and the building of a portfolio of soft and hard skills


As a graduate in Brain Science, a large number of master’s programmes  will be available to you, in domains such as:

- Psychology
- Brain science
- (Cognitive) Neuroscience
- Pharmacology
- Biomedical engineering
- Medical technology
- Robotics
- Data science

Entry Requirements

Three A2-Levels (CCC).  Subjects to include Biology and Chemistry at A2 Level and Physics and Maths at A/S Level

International Baccalaureate (IB): Mathematics Analysis and Approaches HL or SL OR Mathematics Applications and Interpretations HL; Physics and Chemistry SL or HL Biology HL

Six passes a Leaving Cert, inc 3 x H4. Subjects to include Maths, Biology and Chemistry at H Level and Physics at O Level



Yes: Letter of Motivation

01 October

15 January