Life Sciences

Medical Neuroscience

Module code: C1129
Level 5
45 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

You will learn the following topics:

  • the structure and function of the brain at the anatomical, cellular and molecular levels
  • the way that drugs interact with the brain
  • the development of the brain as well as its degeneration and the changes accompanying ageing
  • the organisation and function of the sensory and motor pathways and the biological bases of pain and the diseases of motor control
  • the neuroanatomy and neurochemistry of learning and memory and of dementias
  • the biological and psychosocial bases of major clinical syndromes in psychiatry
  • the biological and psychosocial bases of common neurological diseases.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding, at an appropriate level, of the function of the brain, how neurons communicate and how drugs influence brain function; show an appreciation of the organisation and function of the sensory and motor pathways; the pathways responsible for learning, memory and the generation of emotion; and be aware of the biological and psychosocial bases of major psychiatric syndromes and of common neurological diseases.
  • Analyse and evaluate research information, and on the basis of this to generate ideas about the aetiologies and treatment of the relevant normal and abnormal conditions
  • Demonstrate the ability to generate research questions and plan the appropriate experiments to test them