The Brain: Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
"The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around." - Thomas Edison
Information at a Glance
- Evening Class
- Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
- 20 weeks: October to March
- 2 hours taught time per week
- Tutor: Angela Richards
- Fees from £210 to £395
- Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
At least as far back as the ancient Greek writer Hippocrates, our species has been fascinated with the brain. At our birth we have on average about 86 billion brain cells which slowly get pruned down during adulthood.
As we shall discover in this course, even a basic understanding of the brain can affect the way we live our lives and how we view the world.
We will start with considering distinctions between neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry before embarking on a journey of the building blocks of the brain. We will aim to build an understanding of what the brain is and how it works before covering a range of specialist topics across the disciplines of neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry.
The course is not lecture based, and we will be asked to take part in simple exercises designed to explore the workings of the brain. This means the course is taught in an interactive manner, and in addition to input from our tutor, we will get the opportunity to discuss our own ideas and experiences with each other, effectively learning from each others' experiences, and we will take part in tasks and games that will build our understanding of each topic.
The course is aimed at complete beginners, and so no previous knowledge of science is necessary.
- Overview of the course: Neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry: What’s the difference?
- Basic anatomy of the brain
- The mystery of the nerve impulse and chemicals in the brain
- Localising function and the senses
- What’s in there? Mapping the cerebral cortex and brain imaging
- Brain networks: Is it like a computer?
- Mind vs Brain: Consciousness
- Mental illness and the brain
- Child to adult: Neurodevelopmental aspects of the brain
- Learning, intelligence and getting good at stuff
- Language and the brain
- Do you have a “good memory”?
- Dementia and neurodegenerative disorders
- Anxiety and performing under pressure
- Brain surgery and brain injury: Case studies you won’t believe
- Cultural neuroscience
- The brain on the couch – psychological therapies and the brain
- The existential brain, mindfulness, yoga and meditation
- Bad brain science and neuroethics
- 21st Century advances – technology and the brain
There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text.
Dr Angela Richards’ compulsion to find out about the brain was initially fed by a psychology degree. She then went on to conduct research on memory in animals before her doctorate and later graduate training in clinical neuroscience. Her main interest is in neurodegenerative disorders, especially dementia, was a finalist for an Alzheimer’s Society award.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|18||9||£178 (Early Bird rate: £162*)||£104 (Early Bird rate: £95*)
||£137 (Early Bird rate: £126*)|
|* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before 30 September for courses starting in October | All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.|
Fee Categories and Discounts
- Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.
- Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
- Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening firstname.lastname@example.org before completing the online enrolment form.
- Students (non-Imperial College)
- Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
- City & Guilds College Association members
- Members of Friends of Imperial College
- Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
- Harrods staff
- Historic Royal Palaces staff
- Natural History Museum staff
- Science Museum staff
- Victoria and Albert Museum staff
- Royal Geographical Society staff
- Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
- Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
- Austrian Cultural Forum staff
- Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
- Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
- Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
- Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
- Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.
Applicable terms & conditions
Please read the Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.
|Hours||Weeks||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term|
|18||9||14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)||n/a||n/a|
Web enrolment starts 1 August
Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:
- Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
- First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
- The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
- The following email notifications will be sent
|What is sent||When is it sent||What does it contain|
|1. Payment confirmation||Instantaneously following submission of your online application||
|2. Enrolment confirmation||Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received||
|3. Programme information||Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts||
|If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756
Certificate of Attendance
Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (7) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible students receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.
Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the course tutor, Angela Richards, email@example.com
If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.