Animal Biology

This module explores how the central nervous system translates sensory stimuli to behaviour. Topics include comparative neurobiology, biological timekeeping, sensory biology, learning and behaviour and others.


  • BSc Biochemistry, BSc Medical Biochemistry, BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Human Biology


Year Two

20 Credits

The evolutionary and comparative approach to the study of natural behavior and its underlying mechanistic control by the nervous system endeavours to understand how the central nervous system translates biologically relevant stimuli into behaviour. This multidisciplinary field, i.e. Neuroethology, is comprised of neurobiology (the study of the nervous system) and ethology (the study of natural behavior). This module will introduce students to the general principles of neuroethology, i.e. the neural base of behaviour and sensory systems.

Topics include: Comparative neurobiology (structure/organisation of nervous systems); biological timekeeping (rhythm generation mechanisms; neural and behavioural rhythms); sensory biology (vision, hearing, taste and smell) ; neural and hormonal control of homeostasis (neuroendocrine system; autonomous nervous system); learning and behaviour (associative learning; cognition; complex natural behaviour).


Lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops, guided independent study


Exam (60%), Coursework (40%)