Imaging in Brain Diseases (870C1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

You’ll focus on the way neuroimaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), are used to provide evidence on pathological processes in the brain.

Topics will include the basic physical principles of MRI and PET, and how are these two modalities are used to provide qualitative and quantitative information on:

  • brain structure
  • microstructure
  • function
  • blood flow
  • cellular metabolism
  • neurochemistry.

You’ll also explore how changes in these domains are linked to pathological mechanisms in brain diseases, including:

  • neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases
  • psychiatric disorders
  • autoimmune diseases
  • brain tumours and strokes.


100%: Lecture


100%: Coursework (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 2024/25. 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.