Biological Psychology (C8514)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module introduces students to Biological Psychology, the scientific study of the brain and how it shapes behaviour. The lectures will explore the basic structure and function of the brain and its cells, and allow students to become familiar with the methodological approaches used in this field of study. A variety of behaviours will be discussed from a biological perspective, such as Motivation, Reproductive Behaviour, Sleep and Psychological Disorders. The material will be based on the latest research evidence.

BSc Psychology students are not permitted to take this module. Visiting and Exchange students are permitted to take this module but cannot take it in combination with Psychobiology or Brain and Behaviour.


100%: Lecture


100%: Coursework (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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: