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Undergraduate Teaching 

MVST IB Neurobiology & Human Behaviour (NHB)
MVST IB Neurobiology & Animal Behaviour (NAB)

Course Organisers:
Dr Steve Edgley ( &
Dr Hugh Matthews (


Welcome to Neurobiology and Human/Animal Behaviour. These subjects are challenging but central disciplines for clinical practice in both human and animal medicine. Our course aims to provide a knowledge and understanding at a level appropriate for medical/veterinary practice. We also hope to prepare those of you who are interested for continuation of study in this area at the level of MVST IB Options and at Part II.

As a subject Neurobiology crosses the boundaries of the traditional disciplines in medical science, encompassing a range from molecular to behavioural sciences. Accordingly the departments of Pharmacology, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN), Psychology and Veterinary Medicine all contribute.

During the Michaelmas term, the lecture material is mostly common to Medical and Veterinary students, covering general principles. During the Lent term the course diverges with independent lectures for medics (human behaviour, higher brain functions and their pharmacology) and for vets (animal behaviour, veterinary neuroanatomy and special sensory function). Thus there are 2 elements Neurobiology and Human Behaviour (NHB) and Neurobiology and Animal Behaviour (NAB).

We have striven to ensure that they are interesting, relevant and coherent. There will, however, be improvements to make. Feedback from you is therefore particularly important. If you have any queries of comments, please send them in on the questionnaires, or mail them to me personally or to any of the course lecturers or practical organisers.

We hope you enjoy the course.

Aims & Objectives

The course AIMS are:
• to provide a broad-based course on the structure and function of the central nervous system,
• to provide students with a clear understanding of the basic principles of neurobiology.
• to enable students to understand the basis for common neurological and behavioural problems.

The course OBJECTIVES are:
• to introduce the scientific concepts underlying the study of the central nervous system,
• to provide students with an understanding of the principles underlying sensory, motor, motivational and cognitive processes, and how these contribute to behaviour.
• to understand the functional and behavioural consequences of disorders of the nervous system, and how they might be influenced by drugs
• to provide core knowledge relevant to a career in medicine or veterinary medicine