Mind and Brain (C8850)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Scientists have long believed that if we can understand the brain we will understand the mind. But this has always been controversial, and never more so than since the invention of functional brain imaging. Brain imaging is often thought of as a window into the thinking mind, and attracts both excitement and scepticism in the research community and the media.

The proliferation of neuroterminology is not always accompanied by convincing science or journalism. This module examines what studying the brain can and cannot tell us about our minds. We will take eclectic examples from cognitive science and neuroscience, ranging from lie detection to psychiatry. The examples will be used to critically evaluate and communicate about these topical issues.


100%: Lecture


100%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Portfolio)

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.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. 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: