Nature and Nurture of Mental Health (C8896)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the research of nature and nurture of mental health, a highly interdisciplinary and fast-moving field. You will learn key principles as well as historical aspects of research of nature and nurture of mental health.

More recent developments in this field will also be explored, focusing on a broad range of mental health phenotypes across the life span. For example, you will have the opportunity to learn about nature and nurture of neurodevelopmental psychopathology (e.g., autism), common mental health problems (e.g., depression, anxiety), and mental ageing (e.g., dementia). Ethical issues related to genetically informative human and animal studies of mental health will also be discussed.


100%: Lecture


100%: Coursework (Group presentation, Portfolio, Test)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.