Hot topics in Neurology and Psychiatry

VUmc School of Medical Sciences

Hot topics in Neurology and Psychiatry

Globally, millions of people suffer from neurological and psychiatric disorders that drastically affect quality of life. Unfortunately, for most of these disorders, we still have no effective interventions, which  necessitates the development of advanced prevention strategies, diagnostic tools and new treatments. 

In this minor, you will meet researchers and clinicians in the field of neurology and psychiatry and thus gain insight in current research topics to become a “translational clinical scientist”. You will learn to critically read, analyze and debate papers in the field of neurology and psychiatry, write an opinion paper and present your own research proposal. 

Topics in psychiatry include crisis and forensic child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as epidemiology, neuropsychiatry and the use of big data in adult psychiatry. 

Neurological topics include the histopathology, clinical findings and treatment options for disorders such as epilepsy, childhood white-matter disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuro-oncology, Parkinson and Alzheimer’s disease. You will meet patients and their treating physicians, visit a juvenile justice institution, a center where they treat depression with ECT, the epilepsy center “SEIN”, learn all about how brain networks relate to cognition and disability,  learn how to look under the microscope at brain tissue and how to interpret functional and structural brain scans. 

In this exciting and diverse minor, you will gain knowledge as well as new skills and ways to apply them in this important field.

The minor (24 or 30 EC) consist of two components: 
  • The minor-module Hot topics in Neurology and Psychiatry (24 EC)
Tracks of 30 EC will be completed with a literature essay (6 EC).

Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example: medicine, biomedicine, psychobiology, technical medicine, medical biology, liberal arts & sciences or biopharmaceautical sciences. 

Admission and registration

Incoming exchange students
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for exchange students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the exchange programmes webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl 

Semester in Amsterdam
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for Semester in Amsterdam students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the Semester in Amsterdam webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor program, Semester in Amsterdam students must always contact Semester in Amsterdam team: semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. Or you can visit our 'How to Apply page'. Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions after reading the above information.

Admission and registration

Admission
The international minor VUmc is open to:

  • Medical bachelor students VU. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC), where 18 EC is acquired in the first semester of the second year.
  • Foreign students of partner institutions and VUmc. Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example biomedical sciences, psychobiology, technical medicine or biopharmaceutical sciences. In addition, it is essential that you have a good command of the English language.
  • Third year BSc VU students in Biomedical Sciences, Health and Life Sciences (major clinical sciences or major biomedical sciences), Medical Natural Sciences and the beta track Amsterdam University College can also enroll. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC). In addition, it is vital that you know the English language (at least on VWO level).

Registration
To register, send an e-mail to bachelor.info@vumc.nl. Please make your choice for three minor-modules and select first, second and third choice. International exchange students should be selected and proposed by the international offices of the partner universities.

Incoming exchange students
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for exchange students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the exchange programmes webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl 

Semester in Amsterdam
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for Semester in Amsterdam students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the Semester in Amsterdam webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor program, Semester in Amsterdam students must always contact Semester in Amsterdam team: semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. Or you can visit our 'How to Apply page'. Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions after reading the above information.

Admission and registration

Admission
The international minor VUmc is open to:

  • Medical bachelor students VU. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC), where 18 EC is acquired in the first semester of the second year.
  • Foreign students of partner institutions and VUmc. Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example biomedical sciences, psychobiology, technical medicine or biopharmaceutical sciences. In addition, it is essential that you have a good command of the English language.
  • Third year BSc VU students in Biomedical Sciences, Health and Life Sciences (major clinical sciences or major biomedical sciences), Medical Natural Sciences and the beta track Amsterdam University College can also enroll. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC). In addition, it is vital that you know the English language (at least on VWO level).

Registration
To register, send an e-mail to bachelor.info@vumc.nl. Please make your choice for three minor-modules and select first, second and third choice. International exchange students should be selected and proposed by the international offices of the partner universities.

Further information

If you need more information on the minor, for example on its content, learning outcomes and assessment methods, please visit our VUmc School of Medical Sciences faculty website and select the minor of your choice.

Contact 
Please contact us at bachelor.info@vumc.nl if you have any more questions regarding our minor.

Overview Hot topics in Neurology and Psychiatry

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 semester (24/30 EC)

START DATE

2 september 2019

FIELD OF INTEREST

Health and Movement

FACULTY

Medicine (VUmc)

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