Psychology of Appetite (C8839)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Taking a psychobiological perspective, the module explores issues in our relationship with food. The initial focus will be on appetite control, and constructs of hunger and satiety. Discussion of flavour perception and hedonics then allows evaluation of concepts of food craving and addiction, and food choice and preference. Examination of non-nutritive effects of foods (including nutriceuticals) links food to mood and cognition. Finally, we explore the basis of the rise of obesity and disordered eating from a psychobiological perspective.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 21 hours of contact time and about 129 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: