The Brain Across The Life Span (943C8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

You will learn how your brain changes more than any other organ throughout your life.

From gestation through old age, its complex structures and connectivity are constantly evolving, with neural pathways and networks being formed and reformed over time. Mapping changes in brain composition and dynamics across the lifespan is critical to identifying sensitive developmental processes. When disrupted, these processes can lead to poor functioning, well-being and disease.

You will study how scientists are still piecing together the intricacies of normal brain development and ageing, and how these might be altered negatively or positively by environmental and genetic factors.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay, Test)
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 feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.