Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:
- Biology 1: provides an introduction to molecular and cellular biology. It covers cell diversity and the origins of life, cellular structures and fundamental processes.
- Biology 2: provides an introduction to the diversity of life on Earth and addresses key elements of organismal and ecological aspects of life.
- Fundamentals of Psychology 1: introduces the theoretical foundations, historical perspectives and modern developments of psychology, and provides a thorough grounding in the empirical basis of psychology.
- Fundamentals of Psychology 2: expands upon the topics discussed during Fundamentals of Psychology 1 and continues to introduce the variety of subjects which make up contemporary psychology.
Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:
- Cell Biology: introduces the concept of 'a cell', moving on to discuss different types of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
- Cell Systems: explores how cells interact with one another to form complex tissues and organisms.
- Advanced Principles of Psychology 1: covers the relations between, for example, brain and behaviour, cognition, perception, comparative aspects of behaviour, social and clinical psychology. It also contains a methodology component covering laboratory and field techniques.
- Advanced Principles of Psychology 2: provides a more advanced treatment of a number of areas in psychology and extends the range of teaching from previous modules.
You will also choose two additional modules from the following selection:
- Biochemistry: a number of central metabolic pathways and their control are studied in detail, alongside examples of their importance in disease and recent metabolomic studies.
- Comparative Physiology: covers the principles of physiological adaptation in a range of animals, including examples from all major taxa and from all habitats.
- Ecology: introduces basic concepts in population and community ecology and how they relate to biodiversity.
- Evolutionary Biology: gives an overview of the history and major principles of modern evolutionary biology.
- Invertebrate Zoology: surveys the major invertebrate groups, emphasising the diversity of body plans while demonstrating how the common functional requirements such as feeding, reproduction, respiration and excretion are achieved.
- Molecular Biology: provides an introduction to modern molecular biology, covering fundamental biological processes such as transcription, translation, and DNA replication and repair.
- Research Methods in Biology: develops essential academic and transferable skills, with major emphasis on problem solving. This is achieved through a combination of interactive lectures, independent data-handling workshops and group work on a mini research project.
- Vertebrate Zoology: explores the diversity of vertebrate animals, beginning with the closest relatives of vertebrates and the evolutionary origins of the group.
If you decide to take Neuroscience in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options.
In third year, you will take three compulsory modules in neuroscience, neuropharmacology and data handling. Over the course of your Honours studies, you will have the option of studying a wide range of modules ranging from clinical and developmental psychology to molecular and cellular neuroscience, with further options in the School of Biology.
Here is a sample of Senior Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Behavioural Neuroscience
- Maladaptive changes in the nervous system
- Motoneurons: From Physiology to Pathology
- Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
- Synaptic Transmission in Health and Disease.
In fourth year, students can conduct a research project which will involve extensive laboratory or field research to investigate a problem broadly within neuroscience or psychology. The project will culminate in the production of a high-quality report that demonstrates a deep understanding of the chosen area of research.