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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: