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Unit information: Neuroendocrinology in 2021/22

Unit name Neuroendocrinology
Unit code MEDIM7004
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Uney
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This Unit will provide an introduction to the neuroendocrine systems of the body and their relevance to disease. In addition, interactions between neuroendocrine and immune systems and state-of-the art research techniques will be covered.. While basic research will be presented, this will be done within a framework of the clinical relevance of these systems.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this Unit students will have gained a good understanding of the anatomy, physiology and regulation of the major components of the neuroendocrine systems and will be able to integrate this knowledge in a coherent manner.

Teaching Information

The content of the unit will be delivered in a blended way, including in-person taught sessions, structured online learning sessions and independent learning. Tutorials and (practical) workshops may be given to further illustrate and discuss the unit subjects.

Assessment Information

This unit is assessed through two summative assessments/tasks:

  • Coursework: preparation of an infographic for students in the Bristol Medical School. 40% of final unit mark.
  • A timed open-book assessment on scientific approaches to study research questions in neuroendocrinology. 60% of final unit mark.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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