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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2223 Neuropharmacology

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Steven Clapcote

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

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


BMSC2123Sensory and Motor Neuroscience
BMSC2124Neurotransmitters and Disease

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 be able to:
• Describe the use, adverse effects, and interactions of drugs that affect cellular function in the nervous system.
• Compare and contrast the mechanism of action of drugs targeting the nervous system.
• Predict how drugs targeting neural mechanisms may 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 drugs used in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders and the use of opioids as analgesics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study
- Reading for lecture (2 x 15) 30 hours
- Preparation and production of abstract 6 hours
- Exam Preparation 42 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have the opportunity to assess their learning by applying knowledge during workshops where formative MCQs, problems, and case studies will be used.

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
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 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: 31/07/2023


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