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