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PSYC1021 The Psychology of Mental Health

Module Overview

This module will be an introduction to the psychology of metal health. Students will first learn about definitions of mental health, followed by different perspectives. Students will then learn about diagnosis and stigma, followed by brief over views of treatments and research methods, with the final few lectures covering applied examples in affective, psychotic and neurodegenerative disorders.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of theories in mental health
  • evaluate theories in mental heath
  • describe research and evaluate how well research has informed mental health theory and practice
  • illustrate independent learning by reading material beyond the lecture


Students will be introduced the Psychology of Mental health by covering models and theories that explain the development and maintenance of mental ill-health, including 1) Genetics and Biological Explanations, 2) Environmental and Psychological Explanations, 3) Biomedical Model, 4) Biopsychosocial Model. The concept of stigma around mental ill-health will also be covered. Treatment of mental illness will be discussed using models previously covered. The concept of researching mental health will be discussed, covering different research methods used in the field. Finally, module content will be applied to the study of three groups of psychological disorders, applying the course content to 1) Affective Disorders, 2) Psychotic Disorders and 3) Neurodegenerative Disorders.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

There will be 11 Lectures of 2 hours, 1 Reading week, and office hours available for discussion. Tutorials will cover how to analyse research papers.

Independent Study126
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 70%
Essay  (1100 words) 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PSYC1016


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Core textbook used is Psychology 2e

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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