Biological Psychology

Module code: C8514
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the basic anatomy and function of the nervous system
  • Develop an understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying processes such as motivation, reproductive behaviour and sleep
  • Appreciate the complexity of the nervous system and the major psychological disorders
  • Critically evaluate the methodological approaches employed in the field of Biological Psychology, and appreciate their strengths and limitations