Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology

Module summary

Module code: PSYH1038
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Gisele Pereira Dias


Pre and co requisites



The main aim of the module is to extend the student’s knowledge and understanding of historical background, concepts and theories in the study of mental health and clinical psychology. A second aim is to develop the student’s understanding of the relevance of these historical factors, concepts and theories to applied situations and organizational contexts. A third is to extend the student’s ability to critically evaluate the range of methodological approaches used in the study of mental illness and psychopathology.

Learning outcomes

On completing this module successfully you will be able to:

1. Understand the historical context of the study of abnormal psychology, clinical psychology and mental health.
2. Analyse the different contemporary approaches and theories that relate to understanding of mental disorder.
3. Critically evaluate the role of heredity and environment in shaping mental health, mental disorder and neurodevelopmental conditions.
4. Understand how theories and methods covered within the module can inform therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and develop an understanding of the organizations and career paths that use them.

Indicative content

Examples of topics included in the module are: Historical issues and concepts in the study of human diversity, introduction to epidemiology; aetiology of schizophrenia, eating disorders and depression; the different levels of prevention; the role of the family; race and ethnicity; psychiatric services; current treatment techniques and their evaluation, applied issues and career pathways; the role of the clinical psychologist; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as applied to specific disorders.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures, seminars, group discussions, quizzes, participative activities, applied case studies, online activities.


Essay - 100%
LO - 1 to 4.
Pass mark - 40%
2500 words (inc appendix).
Title of essay selected from a set of titles provided. Titles will cover material from across the module and all require links across topics to be made.
Required appendix: A CV for a mental health job that includes a relevant personal statement (statement - 150 words).

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Activities & group discussions during lectures and seminars.