UCL Summer School


Mental Health and the Mind

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session Two
Module leader
Professor Angela Hassiotis
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Presentation (50%), Multiple-Choice Exam (50%)
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Mental Health and the Mind

Module overview

Mental disorders, e.g. schizophrenia, dementia, depression, are common across all countries and constitute about 14% of the global burden of disease. Many people with a mental disorder - and the majority of those living in low income countries - still have no access to the treatments they need. This module will offer students from a range of backgrounds, e.g. social sciences, medicine, psychology, an understanding of basic principles of how mental disorders present, the impact on individuals and the advances in treatment and recovery. The module will address general aspects of the aetiology of mental disorders, the setting within which such disorders are managed in the UK and globally and finally bring the students in touch with people with lived experience of a mental disorder in order to elucidate aspects of stigma and health and social inequalities. Most importantly, we hope that students will be inspired to further their interest in this field and go on to develop a career in mental health.

For more information on UCL Psychiatry, please visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Have gained an understanding of basic concepts about mental health
  • Be able to list the main symptoms of several mental disorders
  • Be aware of the treatment options available and of the philosophies of care
  • Have learned how to communicate with a person with lived experience of mental illness
  • Have gained skills in critical reflection as a way of improving service delivery and patient satisfaction

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • 15-minute presentation (50%)
  • One-Hour Multiple-Choice Exam (50%)

Module leader

Professor Angela Hassiotis is based at the UCL Division of Psychiatry, which is rated highly for research and innovative health care in mental health. She has many years’ experience of teaching undergraduates both at UCL and internationally. Her particular research interest is applied research in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities and has published extensively. Prof Hassiotis is also a consultant at the UK National Health Service, where she assesses and manages people with mental disorders. She is delighted to be involved in leading the mental health module which aims to bring together a stimulating account of the latest academic and clinical advances in mental health to an audience of international undergraduates.

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