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Biological Basis of Behaviour


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Our Biological Basis of Behaviour short course examines the relationship between biology, behaviour and mental processes, in particular the role of the brain and nervous system.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • Basic brain and nervous system anatomy and functions
  • Techniques used in biopsychology, cognitive neuroscience and related disciplines
  • Ethics and ‘neuroethics’
  • Neuroimaging techniques
  • Neuron structure and function, and neurotransmitters
  • Key evolutionary theories and concepts in genetics
  • Animal behaviour relevant to psychology
  • The role of hormones in psychology
  • The biological and cognitive perspectives on stress
  • The biology of emotions
  • Sociobiology and social/affective neuroscience
  • Biological perspective on mental health
  • Neuropsychology and brain disorders
  • The biological basis of vision and perception, human memory and language
  • The neural basis of consciousness, different states of consciousness and measuring consciousness

This Biological Basis of Behaviour short course is suitable for anyone interested in biology and human behaviour, including those working in health and social care who want to learn more about neuropsychology. It is also ideal if you have a non-psychology degree but need a Level 4 psychology qualification or a greater understanding of the importance of biological factors in psychology in order to progress to postgraduate study.

This 22-week course is assessed by two coursework essays and two in-class timed essays. If you do not want to gain credit, you can still take the course without completing assessments.

    This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

    30 credits at level 4

    • Entry requirements

      Entry requirements

      Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

      This short course has no prerequisites.

      As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

      International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

    • How to apply

      How to apply

      You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.