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Advanced Topics in Biological Underpinnings of Psychopathology


Admission requirements

MSc Psychology (research) students


This course consists of small interactive seminars and covers topics such as brain structure and functioning in relation to psychopathology, biological treatment , psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. In the small interactive seminars students will work together on an assignment and prepare an oral presentation on biological aspects of psychiatric disorders.
Last year example of topic covered ‘Impact of Childhood Adversity in relation to developing bipolar disorder or cardiovascular disease’.

Course objectives

Student should have a basic knowledge about issues relating to the biological aspects of psychopathology and its interaction with the environment. Further a more than basic knowledge of specific issues as specified in the research question to be addressed during the course.


To be announced on Blackboard.

Mode of instruction

Seminars including a work visit to a mental health organisation.

Assessment method

Written essay and presentation of results, and depending on level and individual performance additional tasks.

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


Information on blackboard.leidenuniv.nl

Reading list

Higgins, E.S. and M.S.George. (2007). The Neuroscience of Clinical Psychiatry. The Pathophysiology of Behavior and Mental Illness. Wolters Kluwer; Lippincott Williams & Wilkens (ISBN 13 978-0-7817-6655-5)

Master’s introduction and enrolment day

Make a reservation in your agenda so you will not miss any information that you will need during your master’s programme MSc in Psychology. Please consult the Agenda master meetings

Contact information

Prof. dr. Erik Hoencamp
Room: 2B51
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 3377
E-mail: ehoencamp@fsw.leidenuniv.nl