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See below for details of CK402 Modules for first and second year, and Neuroscience Modules for third and fourth year

Year 1

Core Modules:

  • Introduction to Biochemistry and the Biological Basis of Disease (BC1001)
  • Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and Evolution  (BL1002)
  • Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals (BL1004)
  • Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry Part 1  (CM1200)
  • Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry Part 2a (CM1201)
  • Calculus for Science Part 1 (MA1001)
  • Calculus for Science Part 2 (MA1002)
  • Microbiology in Society (MB1003)
  • Physics for Biological and Chemical Sciences (PY101)

Year 2

In the Second Year, foundation modules in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry deal with molecule, cells and tissues, the principles of human structural organisation and the relationship of structure to function.

Core Modules:

  • Biochemistry:  Biomolecules (BC2001), Principles of Metabolic Pathways (BC2002)
  • Molecular Biology: Introductory Molecular Biology (ML2001)
  • Microbiology: Fundamentals of Microbiology (MB2005),  Principles of Microbiology (MB2006)
  • Neuroscience:  Principles of Human Structure (AN2003), Neuroscience, Brain and Behaviour (AN2020)
  • Physiology:  Introductory Physiology I (PL2021),  Introductory Physiology II (PL2022)
  • Statistics:  Introduction to Health Statistics (ST2001)

Plus one 5 credit module from the following: Chemistry: CM2001 (5 credits), CM2002 (5 credits), CM2003 (5 credits) Plant Science: PS2001 (5 credits) Zoology: ZY2000 (5 credits). Chemistry: CM2007 (5 credits) Ecology: AE2001 (5 credits)

Year 3

In the Third Year the detailed study of the human nervous system commences and this is placed in the general context of the structure and development of the human body as a whole. Other modules concentrate on the principles of research methodology, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology and diseases of the nervous system. A library research project in an area of current Neuroscience research is supervised by academic staff of the Department. A work placement module is offered as an option in the summer before year 4, to provide students with experience in a professional environment relevant to neuroscience.

Core modules:

  • Research Methodology in Neuroscience and Biomedical Science (AN3001)
  • Neurobiology of Regulatory Systems (AN3003)
  • Human Regional Neuroanatomy (AN3004)
  • Human Embryology and Developmental Anatomy (AN3009)
  • Library Project (AN3011)
  • Human Nervous System (AN3012)
  • Neurobiology of Disease (AN3013)
  • Molecular Biology (BC3006)
  • Biochemistry of the Central Nervous System (BC3008)
  • Introduction to Pharmacology (PT3001)

Plus one elective module.


Year 4

The final year entails detailed study of the nervous system, focusing on its internal architecture, microscopic structure, development and aging. Modules in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, neurodegeneration and biomedical imaging and devices are also taken. A substantial research project is undertaken and is supervised by academic staff of the Department, each of whom is an active researcher in Neuroscience. Research is supported by modules in advanced research methodology, and in research literature in Neuroscience to develop critical analysis skills.

Core Modules:

  • Developmental Neurobiology (AN4008)
  • Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience (AN4009)
  • Research Project (AN4011)
  • Medical Imaging and Biomedical Devices in the Neurosciences (AN4012)
  • Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (AN4013)
  • Advanced Research Methodology in Neuroscience (AN4014)
  • Molecular Basis of Brain Disorders (BC4011)
  • Neuropharmacology (PT4005)


See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience

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