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Research Methods in Early Psychosis (Module)

Module description

This module provides students with a solid grounding in research methods. A  multidisciplinary perspective is adopted, including both biological and psychosocial approaches, reflecting the multifaceted nature of the illness. Throughout the module there is a strong emphasis on the clinical translation of the different methodological approaches for patient benefit. . Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures and practical tutorials. Specific topics include:

  • Introduction to research methods
  • Statistics: don’t be scared!
  • The role of genetics: how can we study it and what does it tell us about early psychosis?
  • The role of the environment: how can we study it and what does it tell us about early psychosis?
  • Nature and nurture: how to study the interaction between genetics and the environment
  • Neuroimaging: methods and applications
  • Using machine learning methods to make personalised diagnostic and treatment decisions
  • Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Neuropsychological and clinical assessment


Staff information

Dr Andrea Mechelli (module leader), Paolo Fusar-Poli, Sandra Vieira, Craig Morgan, Mike Aitken, Vishal Bhavsar, Valeria Mondelli, Helen Fisher, Stefania Tognin

Teaching pattern

Mondays & Tuesdays; 10am-12pm & 2-4pm. Please note, the study times detailed here are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Module assessment - more information


Students are required to submit one 2,500 word coursework essay that counts for 25% of the overall module mark.


Students are required to sit one 2-hour written examination in March that counts for 75% of the overall module mark.

Key information

Module code 7PCSERME

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 30

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No