Visiting Students - Neuroscience


As a visiting student at Oxford, you will have the freedom to choose from a wide range of topics and to work independently. You will be able to work with your tutor to design a course that suits your needs and interests.

Specialising in Neuroscience will involve attending the neuroscience lecture series with the undergraduate 2nd Year medics. However, you will also be able to attend 3rd Year Neuroscience lectures if you wish. Formal teaching will involve tutorials, approximately 8 per term during Michaelmas and Hilary Terms. You will have four core tutorials per term on sensory and motor systems. 

You will also attend another four tutorials per term on a range of neuroscience topics. Each tutorial lasts for an hour and will typically involve a discussion on the written work that you have produced that week on a specific topic with one or two other students and your tutor.

Formal teaching will also involve a piece of written work, supervised or coordinated by your college tutor. This is an extended essay aimed at allowing you to investigate a topic of your choice in depth. The essay requires you to assess and integrate information from primary resources and will help develop your skills in critiquing published scientific literature.

During Trinity term, there is the option of completing a lab-based project. You will be required to complete a short research project and write a report.

There is a wide range of neuroscience research being carried out at Oxford, and you will be welcome to attend lectures and seminars on the latest research delivered by scientists at Oxford and from around the world. See

Core topics covered:

  • Gross structure of the CNS
  • Somatosensory system
  • Olfaction and gustation
  • Audition
  • Vision
  • Motor pathways
  • The cerebellum
  • The basal ganglia
  • The thalamus and the cortex
  • The limbic system