Structure and Function in the Human Brain (C7143)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Explore fundamental mechanisms related to the function and dysfunction of the human brain. You’ll look at the anatomical substrates on which major aspects of human brain function depend.

You’ll also understand the development and structural divisions of the brain, as well as the function and interconnectedness of anatomical structures demonstrated at the Brain Anatomy Lab. Learn to interpret the basic techniques used to study the brain at systems, cellular and molecular levels in the Brain Imaging Lab.

You’ll gain valuable skills relevant to employment, such as teamwork, communication and using creative ways to deliver a presentation. You will also write a short summary of a selected research paper, developing skills in concise and directed scientific writing.


51%: Lecture
49%: Practical (Laboratory)


65%: Coursework (Essay)
35%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 29 hours of contact time and about 121 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: