PSY40780 Behavioural Neuroscience Research

Academic Year 2022/2023

Each student will work with a member of academic staff in the School of Psychology to complete a research project that is part of ongoing research in the school. The purpose is to enable students gain hands-on experience in conducting research under close supervision where they will have the opportunity to engage in aspects of research such as (a) reviewing the research literature, (b) considering ethical issues associated with the research with reference to ethical guidelines, (c) collecting data using specialised research equipment or standardised assessments, (d) accessing pre-existing data, (e) managing, visualising and analysing data using a statistical package and (f) writing a research article in the recommended publication style of an academic journal chosen in consultation with the supervisor.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
a) identify and address ethical issues associated with specific aspects of research in behavioural neuroscience/neuropsychology
b) understand the principles of research design/standardized assessment in behavioural neuroscience/neuropsychology
c) conduct an in-depth literature review
d) visualise and analyse data and interpret research findings
e) write a research article in line with author guidelines of a chosen international peer-reviewed journal.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Independent research under close one-on-one supervision and guidance, students must conduct in-depth literature review, collect and/or analyse date, and write up project in style of journal article 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PSY40770 - Knowledge Transfer, PSY40840 - BN Labs 1:Behavioural Measures, PSY40850 - BN Labs: Physiology

Additional Information:
Only open to the MSc in Behavioural Neuroscience programme. In T1 PSY40840 is co-requisite, In T2 PSY40850 is co-requisite In T3 PSY40770 is co-requisite

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Portfolio: Research article in academic journal style, plus rationale for chosen journal Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: An in-depth literature review of the research in the area in which the student is conducting their research. Week 12 n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be given feedback on their literature review including component grades and comments from 1st and 2nd markers and will meet with their supervisor to discuss this feedback

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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