Neuroscience and Mental Health
Ms Olive Thomas
This course will provide students with a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the aetiology of neurological and mental disorders. During the Science year, students will learn about the aetiology of common disorders encountered by neurologists and psychiatrists and how an understanding of the biological, psychological and social factors have also informed the development of interventions aimed at helping people with these conditions.
This course will comprise a two-week Introductory course (mainly based at the Hammersmith Hospital campus), three five-week taught modules (based at the Charing Cross Hospital campus) and either a research project or specialist taught modules (two five-week modules).
Aims and objectives
After completing the course students will:
- Know how to understand and critically appraise research papers
- Have experience in presenting a paper to colleagues
- Have laboratory experience e.g. designing and conducting a mini-research project in small groups, neuropathology
- Have experience in writing up laboratory data as a research paper
- Be familiar with interpreting brain scans
- Be able to critically appraise research aimed at examining the efficacy of interventions and treatments such as randomised trials and meta-analyses
- Have the skills required to identify and synthesise findings from previously published studies examining the efficacy of pharmacological and psychological treatments
- Be aware of ethical dilemmas posed by molecular neuroscience
- Have a basic understanding of how to formulate psychological problems using cognitive and psychodynamic approaches
The particular skills that will be gained in this module include an appreciation of the importance of critical analysis when reading the research literature and valuable experience of bringing together information from a variety of sources to improve understanding of complex topics. The practical component of the module will also provide useful training in experimental design, group negotiation, the use of observation and reporting skills.
With the exception of BSc Management and BSc Biomedical Engineering, all of Imperial College's intercalated BSc courses are split into Parts A, B and C. Parts A and B run from September until February and comprise teaching on the BSc course topic. Part C, which runs from March until May, gives students the opportunity to undertake a project.
The BSc project is a ten-week research project, which gives students a valuable opportunity to learn about scientific research. The project is assessed via an oral presentation of the project (25% of Part C marks) and a 5000-word project write-up (75% of Part C marks). Examples of the type of projects available can be found in this list of past BSc project titles (PDF).