Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:
- Psychology 1: introduces the theoretical foundations, historical perspectives and modern developments of psychology, and provides a thorough grounding in the empirical basis of psychology.
- Psychology 2: expands upon the topics discussed during Psychology 1 and continues to introduce the variety of subjects which make up contemporary psychology.
- Biology 1: an introduction to molecular and cellular biology, covering cell diversity and the origins of life, cellular structures and fundamental processes.
- Biology 2: an introduction to the diversity of life on Earth, which addresses key elements of organismal and ecological aspects of life.
Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:
- Psychology 1(second year): covers the relations between different aspects of psychology in addition to providing more in-depth coverage of material taught in the first year. It also contains a methodology component covering laboratory and field techniques.
- Psychology 2(second year): provides a more advanced treatment of a number of areas in psychology and extends the range of teaching from Psychology 1.
- Cell Biology: introduces the concept of ‘a cell’, moving on to discuss different types of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
- Cell Systems: discusses how cells interact with one another to form complex tissues and organisms.
You will also choose two additional modules out the following selection:
- Molecular Biology: provides an introduction to modern molecular biology, covering fundamental biological processes such as transcription, translation, DNA replication and repair.
- Evolutionary Biology: an overview of the history and major principles of modern evolutionary biology.
- Biochemistry: examines major biological macromolecules, the common motifs which occur in metabolic reactions, the properties of enzymes catalysing these reactions, and the approaches to characterise the small molecule complement (metabolites) of biological systems.
- Comparative Physiology: covers the principles of physiological adaptation in a range of animals, including examples from all major taxa and from all habitats.
If you decide to take Neuroscience in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options, including modules ranging from clinical and developmental psychology to cognitive, behavioural, cellular and molecular neuroscience.
Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Behavioural Neuroscience
- Sex Differences and Gender Development
- Synaptic Transmission
- Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
- Neurodegeneration and Aging
In fourth year, students will conduct a research project which will involve extensive laboratory or field research to investigate a problem broadly within biology, psychology or neuroscience. The project will culminate in the production of a high-quality report that demonstrates a deep understanding of the chosen area of research.