Biological Psychology (Masters) (922C8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module provides an introduction to brain mechanisms and behaviour. Topics covered will normally include: functional neuroanatomy of the human brain; brain development and neurogenetics; ionic mechanisms underlying the nerve action potential; synapses and neurotransmission; neuropharmacology of commonly used drugs; neural mechanisms in emotion and motor behaviour; neural mechanisms underlying plasticity and learning.


100%: Lecture


30%: Coursework (Computer-based examination)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.