Neural Circuits (C1098)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Develop your knowledge of neural circuit mechanisms, which generate behaviour that can be understood in terms of underlying neural circuits or structures with well-known neural architectures within the brain.


You will learn about circuit plasticity linked to learning and development, and the circuit dysfunction that leads to serious disabilities and disease. You will also discuss the importance of the proper functioning of neural circuits.

You’ll also explore computational modelling approaches used to analyse and predict circuit outputs, and ways of artificially interacting with neural networks.

You will develop skills in analysing information from scientific resources and writing with scientific rigour.


88%: Lecture
4%: Practical (Workshop)
8%: Seminar (Class)


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: