Neuropsychopharmacology (BMRI5013)


This elective unit will focus on neuropsychopharmacology as a tool for characterising brain pathways and as a treatment for brain disorders. Students will be introduced to basic principles of pharmacology governing drug binding and metabolism that underlie the rationale for drug design. Links between brain circuitry and phenomenology of anxiety, depression, psychosis and addiction will be examined to provide a rationale for chosen drug targets. Students will also examine the relationship between dosage, specificity and negative side effects of such drugs and how to evaluate costs and benefits of drug treatment in model scenarios. Drugs of abuse will be examined in detail from the level of animal models to clinical trials for suppressing addiction.

Further unit of study information


one day workshop in weeks 2, 7 and 10


student presentation (25%), research comprehension (30%), literature review (45%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.