The following modules are shared with the MSc Mental Health Services & Population Research and are administered by that programme team:
- TERM 1 (September-December): Core Research Methods, Ethics and Statistics;
- TERM 2 (January-May): Choice of optional modules;
- TERM 3 (May-September): Dissertation preparation
- 2 X 3-hour written examination on TERM 1 teaching
- 1 X written essay and 1 X oral presentation at the end of each TERM 2 module
- 10,000 word research dissertation
-E xplore, in detail the biological substrates underlying the interaction between 'brain' and 'behaviour'
- Offer models to understand the differences and the similarities in the definitions of 'mind' and 'brain'
- Evaluate and find explanations for the bio-psycho-social aetiology of psychopathological symptoms
- Suggest valid research methods to study the mechanisms of brain function and its relationship with behaviour.
By the end of the module the student will have an advanced understanding of the principles underlying research methods in the following biological domains in Psychiatry:
1. Cellular models
2. Animal models
3. Neuropathological research
6. Genetic Research
7. Pharmacogenetics, psychopharmacology and pharmacoeconomics
8. Somatic therapies in Psychiatry
This module will introduce the fundamental principles of clinical trials, using real-life examples from psychiatric research. The lectures will describe methodological approaches and challenges in the design and implementation of clinical trials within psychiatry, and the impact of these trials on improving mental health. Students will be encouraged to critically appraise published clinical trials, and training will be given in assessing bias and applying principles of good clinical practice. Specific topics include types of clinical trial, different methodological approaches, the placebo effect, ethics and consent, trial regulation, the experience of patients, carers and clinical teams, data management and statistical analysis. The module will describe the most influential clinical trials in psychiatry, together with the current challenges and future directions for this area. The lectures will be written and presented by expert scientists and clinicians from the Institute of Psychiatry, often using examples taken from their own experience.
Dr Sagnik Bhattacharyya