The module in Psychiatric Genetics will be principally taught by the Department of Neuroscience and the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre, a department recognised as a world leader in the field of behavioural genetics research. The module is one of several taught modules on the MSc Neuroscience and will further develop the students’ understanding of genetic approaches to psychiatric disorders gained from the compulsory modules in fundamental neuroscience (especially modules A2 and A3).
The module will cover the latest genetic research applied to a range of disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), major depression and related phenotypes such as cognitive ability. It will help students understand the principles of a range of genetic research methods, preparing them for a successful MSc research project in this area.
The module will also include dedicated lectures on quantitative genetics, epigenetics, gene - environment interaction and the investigation of genetic risk factors for psychiatric illness at the molecular, cellular and neurophysiological levels. These lectures will be supported by tutorials on genetic variation, statistical methods and the interpretation of scientific papers in the field.
The aim of the module is to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the various strands of research related to psychiatric genetics and an ability to interpret the literature. Students completing this module will have the option of combining this with a Module C1 Research Project in Psychiatric Genetics to allow them to further specialise in this area. Alternatively, students may wish to choose a research project in a different subject area leading to an understanding of research activities in two neuroscience fields.
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