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Behavioural Neuroscience, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #30 (BCR) Vancouver, Canada
If your interest in psychology is in the biological basis of behaviour, this could be the program for you. In the Behavioural Neuroscience program from University of British Columbia, you'll study a range of topics, including advanced research methods in the behavioural sciences, sensation and perception; hormones and behaviour; computers and psychology; and biopsychology.
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Behavioural Neuroscience investigates the interaction between the brain and nervous system and behaviour. Topics of study include behaviour genetics, behavioural neuroendocrinology, psychopharmacology, decision making, impulsivity, cognition, neuroplasticity, and the underlying neurobiological components of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.

This BSc Behavioural Neuroscience program from University of British Columbia is specifically intended for students interested in the biological basis of behaviour. It covers, among other topics: advanced research methods in the behavioural sciences, in sensation and perception, and in animal learning and cognition; hormones and behaviour; computers and psychology; and biopsychology. 

Some examples of topics researched by faculty members who teach in the Science program are: the neurochemical basis of drug addiction; the hormonal regulation of sexual behaviour; the development of the brain; animal models of eating disorders; and the neural basis of learning and memory.

Your future

The Behavioural Neuroscience specialization is designed to provide you with a strong grounding in the biological basis of psychology, as well as with the practical skills of the working neuroscientist, such as how to analyze and interpret data, conduct lab research, and to think critically.

The specialization prepares you for graduate school in various psychology sub-disciplines as well as for professional schools (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law, journalism, etc.).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Laboratory Investigations in Life Science
  • Genetics, Evolution and Ecology
  • Structure and Bonding in Chemistry
  • Differential Calculus with Applications to Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Energy and Waves
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental, Social, Personality, and Clinical Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology and Laboratory

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • IB Mathematics, excluding IB Math Studies*
  • IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Grade 11/junior-level Chemistry
  • Grade 11/junior-level Physics (may be waived with grades of 5 in IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9804 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39197 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1344 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5399 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Vancouver

  • 1590 - 2690 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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