Postgraduate taught 

Psychological Science (conversion) MSc

Psychology and Biology of Mental Disorders (PGT Conv) PSYCH5053

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will examine and evaluate different approaches to understanding and treating common psychological disorders.

Timetable

2 hours of lectures for 5 weeks

Requirements of Entry

At least 2:1 honours degree in a science subject.

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

Examination 100% (2 out of 3 questions).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The course will examine and evaluate different approaches to understanding and treating common psychological disorders. The history of these will be considered along with the current forms of such models. The application of these models to treatments will be described and the effectiveness of the treatments assessed.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Reflect critically on medical and psychological models of mental disorders as well as discuss the ramifications of such approaches.

■ Identify core symptoms and diagnostic approaches of major mental disorders.

■ Critically evaluate the contribution of neurobiological and psychological factors in the emergence of affective, psychotic and personality disorders. .

■ Critically evaluate different neuroimaging approaches and their application towards studying mental disorders.

■ Outline and summarise the application of psychological and medical interventions and their effects and mental and neural processes

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.