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University of Exeter Medical School

New Neuroscience students

Welcome to Neuroscience at the University of Exeter.

During Welcome Week you will have many opportunities to meet your fellow students and some of the teaching staff on your programmes too. As well as the fun stuff offered by the Students' Guild (such as taster sessions for various societies and sports clubs for example) you will also be attending timetabled welcome/induction sessions for your degree programmes, which will inform you about what to expect as a student here at Exeter.

Details about Welcome Week sessions and other important resources for new students will be available soon on the Neuroscience ELE page.

Please ensure you check back here frequently for updates.

If you have any questions about your induction or starting your studies, then the Info points are the place to go for any questions you may have about your life as an Exeter student. Ours is Info at St Luke's;  you can contact them on Tel: +44 (0)1392 724837 or Email:

We look forward to welcoming you!

Useful information

Our virtual learning environment, ELE course pages will provide details of all the textbooks you will need to access during your first year of study.

We are often asked which textbooks you should buy. There are many different textbooks suitable for the early years and as the course progresses other texts will become important too. Copies of these books (and others) will be available in the University and/or Medical libraries.

There is no need to purchase any text book before arriving. We would strongly encourage you to try out the available textbooks in the first few weeks of term before you consider buying!

It is also worth noting that you will have access to a number of electronic texts that support the programme, these are the same books that are available in print but enabled for viewing on PCs/Laptops and Tablets. The first year of BSc Neuroscience is mostly concerned with normal human function, introductory neuroscience and the development of your study skills. There are several relevant text books available for your use in the library and, as different learners prefer different styles, we recommend you try out a few different text books within your first term of University. It is likely there will be significant student discounts available on certain recommended texts during the first few weeks of term.

Recommended textbooks (all available as e-textbooks from the electronic library)

  • Naish, Jeanette and Syndercombe Court, Denise, 2019, Medical Sciences (3rd edition), Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-7020-7337-3
  • Sherwood, Lauralee, 2016, Human Physiology: From Cells to Systems (9th edition), Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-1-285-86693-2
  • Costanzo, Linda, S. 2018, Physiology (6th edition), Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-323-47881-6
  • Cottrell, Stella 2019, The Study Skills Handbook (5th edition), Red Globe Press ISBN: 978-1-137-61089-8