History of Mental Health and Neuropsychology in Paris

Key Information


Application Deadline: 24/10/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

Ref: 10007082


Departure Date: 26/02/23

Return Date: 02/03/23


£350: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding DMU Global, funding). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Hostel accommodation will be booked by DMU, with students in shared rooms

Travel: Travel will be booked by DMU


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office - dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk

Trip Lead: Mark Scase - mscase@dmu.ac.uk


Level 6 Psychology students enrolled on PSYC3066 Cognitive Neuropsychology, PSYC3020 Counselling Psychology, or PSYC3037 Clinical Psychology are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 20 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

How does your brain work? How can injury or abnormal brain development impact the functioning of the brain? What is mental health and how have psychologists and doctors studied mental health? How has the concept of mental health changed over the past 200 years?

Paris contains key exhibits connected with the history of brain science and this opportunity aims to help enhance the global perspective of Level 6 Psychology students and help understand the development of mental health research and neuropsychology through the 19th and 20th centuries by visiting museums and universities containing specimens related to medicine and psychology.

On this trip students will have the opportunity to see the tools of medicine and real human brains, and will be able to explore the relationship between brain structure and function. The trip will be of interest to students investigating the development of mental health and the history of medicine and neuropsychology, and will include the opportunity to see some of the famous sites in Paris such as the Louvre museum that contains paintings related to the history of medicine. The Louvre also contains works by Guiseppe Arcimboldo which have been used to illustrate the differences between local and global processing of scenes in different categories of patients. The trip will also visit the Musee d’Orsay
containing paintings related to mental health and describing the journey from normal brain function to severe mental health impairment.

The estimated total cost for travel, accommodation and transfers for this trip to Paris is £350. Students will be expected to pay the remaining amount after the £150 DMU Global bursary is deducted from the total.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop knowledge, skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to Paris are:

  • To evaluate the history of medicine and brain science in Europe
  • To understand why Paris is key for the development of mental health research
  • To observe how mental health can be expressed through art
  • To see preserved brains of individuals key to the theoretical development of neuropsychology

Before the trip all students will have the opportunity to read research papers that discuss the development of neuropsychology and mental health over the past 200 years. Students will also be able to see videos showing exhibits that those on the trip will examine in person.

Cultural activities

Paris is a city of culture where students can visit popular attractions, such as; the world famous Eiffel Tower and the residence of the former Kings of France, Le Palais de Versailles. There will be a visit to the Basilica of Sacré Coeur de Montmartre and the group will walk along the Champs-Élysées from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. Students can also visit the Musée de l’Orangerie with paintings by Degas designed to promote wellbeing for the citizens of Paris.

COVID-19 information

Travel to France is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to travel. Further guidance can be found on the FCDO webpage for France.

All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.