Brain and Cognition - PSYC7003

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 30 (15) Luigi Tame checkmark-circle


The module gives students without an undergraduate degree in psychology a grounding in methods, techniques and issues of biological and cognitive psychology and allied disciplines. Using advanced assessments, the module examines how cognitive processes are instantiated in mind and brain and will also focus on the methods that are used to answer these questions, such as the recording of physiological signals, brain-imaging techniques, and the study of brain-damaged patients. The conversion programme covers many aspects of human behaviour, this module is concerned with the biological and cognitive underpinnings of them.


Contact hours

Private Study: 266 hours
Contact Hours: 44 hours
Total: 300 hours


Compulsory to MSc Psychology [conversion]

Not available as an elective module. Not available to short term-credit students.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Extended Essay 5,000 words 80%
Written Assignment 2,000 words 20%

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Develop systematic knowledge and understanding of structures and functions of the human nervous system (including the brain)
2 Advance skills in critical reflection when considering the roles of genes and environment in the development of individual differences
3 Critically evaluate the role of physiology in human behaviour, emotion, and cognition
4 Evaluate through written analysis and interpretation the contributions made by the different approaches and research methods that are used in biological psychology
5 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the scientific historical context in which cognitive psychology evolved
6 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of how cognitive neuroscience interfaces with everyday life.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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