General Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Clinical aspects of general neuropsychiatric disorders covered in this module include sessions on Parkinsons Disease, conversion disorders, encephalopathies, sleep disorders, CNS infection and autoimmune conditions. The emphasis of the module will be on diagnosis, differential diagnosis, effective investigation, legal issues and multidisciplinary management.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the main clinical features of a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders;
  • Understand the principles of diagnosis and differential diagnosis of these disorders;
  • Be familiar with investigative techniques;
  • Formulate management plans to cover biological/psychological/social management;
  • Understand the role of the multidisciplinary team;
  • Understand legal and ethical issues.


20 credits

Module Attendance Required

10 sessions of 2.5 to 3 hours (with a break) on Friday afternoons - 1.30 - 4.30pm

Module Dates

2011/12 dates
16, 23, 30 March - 1.30pm-4.30pm
6, 13, 20, 27 April - 1.30pm-4.30pm
4, 11, 18, 25 May - 1.30pm-4.30pm 
1 June - 1.30pm-4.30pm

Dates for the 2012/2013 academic year are yet to be agreed, please contact us for further information


One 3,000 word essay

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Dr Hugh Rickards, Consultant in Neuropsychiatry and Programme Director
Most lectures are from visiting consultants, professionals and researchers in the field.

Stand Alone Course

This module can be taken as a stand alone course if required. To apply, please contact Rachel Howes, Programme Administrator, 0121 414 3310,, or Dr Andrea Cavanna - Consultant in Behavioural Neurology and Deputy Programme Lead -

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 complete MSc Clinical Neuropsychiatry programme. If taken as an individual module you will receive a certificate of attendance for CPD purposes.

Entry requirements if taken as a stand alone course

For information on requirements please contact the Programme Administrator.