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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2223 Neuropharmacology

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Steven Clapcote

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Satisfactory completion of level 1 of a BMS programme, or equivalent


BMSC2123Sensory and Motor Neuroscience
BMSC2124Neurotransmitters and Disease

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module teaches students about drugs that affect the central nervous system and are used to treat brain disorders and diseases.


The module aims to inform students about how drugs affect cellular function in the nervous system, and the neural mechanisms through which they influence behaviour. This will include the study of how drugs affect human behaviour (neuropsychopharmacology), and the study of neurones and their neurochemical interactions, and drugs that have beneficial effects on neurological function (molecular neuropharmacology).

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should have a clear understanding of the uses, mechanisms of action, adverse effects and interactions of drugs that affect cellular function in the nervous system, and the neural mechanisms through which they influence behaviour

Skills outcomes
The opportunity to develop transferable skills in scientific writing, literature searching, and data interpretation.


This module covers the pharmacological treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the central nervous system. The syllabus covers the major mental disorders of depression, anxiety and psychosis, functional disorders of epilepsy, sleep disturbance and migraine. Also covered are centrally acting agents that give rise to anaesthesia and analgesia, drugs used in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders, recreational drug use and the investigation of peptide receptors as drug targets.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours79.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study 79 hours.

Private study
- Reading for lecture (2 x 17) 34 hours
- Preparation and production of essay 9 hours
- Exam Preparation 36 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students are required to complete a 250 word abstract on a scientific paper.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment250 word abstract on a scientific paper (available on Minerva)20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Failure to submit this work or make a serious attempt will be recorded with a V code appended.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/07/2019


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