Neurobiology of Brain Disorders (C7122)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Explore the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to some of the most common brain disorders.

You will look at the primary target of each disease within the brain and its pathological hallmarks. You’ll then explore the genetic, cellular and molecular basis of the disease.

You’ll also examine current strategies and outlooks for treating the studied brain disorders. You will develop your ability to:

  • synthesise ideas and concisely explain scientific content
  • critically appraise academic literature and methodologies
  • consider ethics.


95%: Lecture
5%: Seminar


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 20 hours of contact time and about 130 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: