Short course

Neurodegenerative Disorders

In this 6 day course you will gain knowledge in the main neurodegenerative disorders and look in-depth at Huntington disease. This course will enable you to enhance skills such as developing a structure for assessment and management of people who have neurodegenerative disorders.

Start date
ND other- 21-23 November 2023 ND-Hunt 5-7 February 2024
6 days
Home - £1130 International - £2960
Postgraduate Microcredential
20 credits

A module which covers the main neurodegenerative disorders: diagnosis and differential diagnosis, neuropsychological testing, psychiatric features of neurodegeneration, and bio/psycho/social management. The 3-day block of the module covers Huntington disease: diagnostic signs and symptoms, clinical course, epidemiology, genetic mechanisms (with their impact on the brain), pattern of communication, mobility, daily activities, nutrition, and other care needs. The ethical and legal issues in providing care for people with Huntington disease, as well as existing and preferred services, are also covered within this component of the module.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the neurobiology of abnormal mental states in common neurodegenerative disorders so that they can apply this knowledge to improve patient outcomes. Identify the different presentations of Huntington disease;
  • Develop a structure for assessment and management of people who have neurodegenerative disorders which reflects a critical understanding of the literature and well-developed clinical reasoning. Understand the differential diagnosis between Huntington disease and other neurodegenerative disorders;
  • Work with both neurological and psychiatric ideas to develop an integrated model of these disorders leading to an enhancement of clinical practice. Understand the methods of investigation and diagnosis, as well as the management options available to patients with Huntington disease, and apply them to clinical practice;
  • Provide a critique and synthesis of the existing scientific literature and apply this to practice. Critically appraise the scientific literature on the clinical and research aspects of Huntington disease.


  • Other Neurodegenerative Disorders component: one 1500 word essay - January (50%)
  • Huntingtons Disease component: one 1500 word essay - March (50%)

Module date details

  • (ND-OND 3 days / 8 lectures)
  • (ND Hunt - 3 days / 9 lectures)

Module Leads

  • Dr Aaron Sturrock - other Neurodegenerative Disorders component
  • Alexandra Fisher - Huntingtons Disease component

Stand Alone Course

This module can also be taken as a stand-alone course if required. If taken as an individual module you will receive a certificate of attendance for CPD purposes.

Fee if taken as a stand alone course

For information on fees please contact the Programme Administrator. Please note - no masters level credits are available for this module unless taken as part of the MSc, PGDip or PGCert in Clinical Neuropsychiatry programme. 

Entry requirements if taken as a stand alone course

For information on requirements please contact the Programme Administrator. You are encouraged to get in contact no later than 6 weeks before the start date of the module to ensure we can consider your application.

More information

Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator, +44 (0)121 415 8118,