Brain Sciences


Core Brain Sciences pathway

This programme is composed of four modules, worth 60 credits in total, and a research project, worth 120 credits.


Compulsory modules

Worth 15 credits each

  • 'Research Methods and Statistics'
  • 'Biosciences Research Skills' OR 'Research in Practice' 
  • 'Contemporary Topics in Brain Science Research' 

Optional modules

Choose one module from the following (worth 15 credits each)

  • 'Introduction to the Brain and Imaging the Brain'
  • 'Structure & Function of the Brain'
  • 'Introduction to Cognitive Science'
  • 'Principles of Cognition'
  • 'Molecular Pharmacology'
  • 'Developmental Neurobiology'
  • 'Receptors and Synaptic Signalling'
  • 'Current Research in Dementia'
  • 'Neuroscience of Mental Health'

Research project

Worth 120 credits

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation in the form of a journal article and an oral examination. 

Teaching and learning 

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, independent study, journal clubs, independent and collaborative problem-based tasks, practical demonstrations and classes, computational work, and a supervised empirical research project. Assessment is through online tasks, unseen written examinations, essays, oral presentations, research-based tasks and a primary research article.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.