Neuroscience and Behaviour (C1087)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

The mechanisms that drive animal behaviour have evolved so that brains and bodies can deal with an animal’s natural environment. To gain a full understanding of a behaviour we need to ask how, and why, it was produced. 

You will take an integrated approach to animal behaviour, looking at a series of case studies on the mechanisms and functions of behaviour. The module will cover the basics of neuroscience and ethology, and you’ll discuss the diverse ways that you can study these topics.


48%: Lecture
52%: Practical (Online interactive session, Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: