Biological Bases of Mental Disorders (C8504)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

The module examines the biochemical and anatomical bases of selected clinical disorders. It considers drug models (both animal and human) developed to understand the clinical condition and approaches to treatment, and examines the relationship between biochemical effects and behavioural and cognitive changes. Topics covered include anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.

This module builds on knowledge gained in the core psychology modules Psychobiology, and Brain and Behaviour. Students not enrolled on the BSc in Psychology are expected to be familiar with the material covered in these modules.



100%: Lecture


100%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.