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Neuroscience is a compelling and dynamic field, a multidisciplinary science that delves into the intricate workings of the brain and the nervous system. Studying psychology at Edge Hill University you will be taught by experts in neuroscience, who apply real-world context to all your learning. We caught up with senior lecturers, Dr Dorothy Tse and Dr Stergios Makris, who gave us their insight.

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Dr Dorothy Tse
Dr Stergios Makris
Dr Stergios Makris

What is neuroscience?

Neuroscience encompasses the study of brain development, neural functions, and the role these elements play in behaviour and emotions. At its core, neuroscience seeks to understand the biological basis of thought, emotion, and behaviour, providing invaluable insights into the complexities of the human mind and body.

The role of psychologists in neuroscience

Psychologists specialising in neuroscience play an essential and varied role. They explore how the brain works and influences behaviour, as well as studying how the brain’s activities affects how people think, their emotions, and their actions. This exploration contributes to a deeper understanding of mental health conditions, neurological disorders, and the overarching principles of human behaviour. It opens pathways for innovative treatments and interventions, enhancing the quality of life for individuals worldwide.

Real-world applications

Real-world applications in neuroscience are expansive and impactful. Neuroscience provides critical insights into brain-related disorders, paving the way for the development of effective treatments for conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and traumatic brain injury. Beyond healthcare, neuroscience informs educational and organisational practices, contributing to optimised learning environments and enhanced workplace dynamics. It plays a crucial role in understanding and addressing societal challenges, including mental health and cognitive development, emphasising its widespread impact.

Clinical psychologist vs. neuroscientist

The main difference between clinical psychologists and neuroscientists is their scope and focus. Clinical psychologists engage in the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders and provide therapeutic interventions and support for individuals who are navigating emotional and psychological challenges. In contrast, neuroscientists emphasise the relationship between the brain and behaviour, they examine the brain’s role in thinking, cognitive functions, emotions, and actions. The work of neuroscientists is instrumental in understanding and addressing brain injuries, neurological disorders, and cognitive impairments, providing a specialised lens for therapeutic intervention.

Engaging in neuroscience at Edge Hill University

At Edge Hill University, there are many opportunities to explore the topic of neuroscience. Across all our psychology degrees, there are modules in Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology, as well as specialist optional modules in Social Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience. We offer a comprehensive and integrated learning experience. Hands-on laboratory work and collaborative research projects through our Research Internship Scheme, along with dissertation modules, further enhance the learning journey. You’ll engage with real-world neuroscience applications, contribute to impactful research, and develop essential skills for the future.

Research-informed teaching

Edge Hill University takes pride in its research-informed teaching approach. You’ll collaborate with our staff to actively contribute to neuroscience research, ensuring our learning environment pulsates with the latest insights, discoveries, and advancements in the field. This dynamic academic setting fosters intellectual growth, critical thinking, and innovative problem-solving skills, equipping you with the skills to navigate the multifaceted world of neuroscience with competence and confidence.

Career benefits

A psychology degree from Edge Hill University, enriched with a robust neuroscience focus, propels you into a world of diverse and rewarding career paths.  You’ll be well-prepared for roles in clinical practice, research, education, healthcare administration, and beyond. The comprehensive understanding of neuroscience gained at Edge Hill will empower you to make meaningful contributions to mental healthcare, neurological research, and the holistic enhancement of human well-being.

February 19, 2024