Medical Neuroscience (C1129)

45 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

You will learn the following topics:

  • the structure and function of the brain at the anatomical, cellular and molecular levels
  • the way that drugs interact with the brain
  • the development of the brain as well as its degeneration and the changes accompanying ageing
  • the organisation and function of the sensory and motor pathways and the biological bases of pain and the diseases of motor control
  • the neuroanatomy and neurochemistry of learning and memory and of dementias
  • the biological and psychosocial bases of major clinical syndromes in psychiatry
  • the biological and psychosocial bases of common neurological diseases.


100%: Seminar (Class)


40%: Coursework (Essay, Portfolio)
60%: Examination (Distance examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 450 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 430 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 2021/22. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: