module specification

PC6005 - Clinical Neuroscience (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Clinical Neuroscience
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
219 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Essay (max 2500 words)
Coursework 30%   PowerPoint presentation
Seen Examination 20%   2 hour seen exam
Running in 2024/25

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Module summary

This module allows students to develop and integrate their knowledge of biological psychology with reference to clinical disorders. The module will consider the neuropharmacological, neurophysiological and neuropsychological aspects of psychiatric and neurological disorders such as addiction, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.


Topics such as neuroplasticity, memory, schizophrenia, addiction and developmental disorders will be discussed. Furthermore, the role of neuroscience in ethics, policy and law will be addressed with special reference to new and emerging technologies. LO1,LO2,LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Acquisition of knowledge of the subject matter of this module will be promoted through lecturer-led lectures and workshops (81 hours) and through the guided use of student-centred learning resources (219 hours). Further, students are expected to engage with private study and self-manage time.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate theoretical and the supporting/refuting empirical evidence for a variety of psychiatric, behavioural and neurological disorders
2. Conduct literature reviews and critically evaluate that literature.
3. Explain in a concise format the neuroscience of psychiatric, behavioural and neurological disorders


Chandler, C., Psychobiology. 2015, Chichester, Wiley Blackwell


Breedlove, S.M., and N.V. Watson, Behavioral Neuroscience 2016, Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates.
Chandler, C., The Science of ADHD: A Guide for parents and Professionals. 2010, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. 352.
Higgins, E.S. and M.S. George, The Neuroscience of Clinical Psychiatry: The Pathophysiology of Behavior and Mental Illness. 2nd ed. 2013, Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Kolb, B. and I.Q. Whishaw, Fundamental of Human Neuropsychology. 7th ed. 2015, New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
Trimble, M.R. and M. George, Biological Psychiatry. 2010, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Online resources:
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National Institute of Mental Health. (2015).Available:
PubMed. (2015).Available:
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (2015). Available: