The History of Mental Health and Neuropsychology in Paris

Key Information


Application Deadline: 23/10/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

Ref: 10007862


Departure Date: 25/02/24

Return Date: 29/02/24


£400: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any support). 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: Shared rooms will be provided in a hostel/hotel

Travel: Travel booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Mark Scase -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £250 as a contribution towards the cost of travel, accommodation and transfers (if included) after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.


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 23 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 at the Musée d’Histoire de la Médecine. 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 Musée d’Orsay containing paintings related to mental health and describing the journey from normal brain function to severe mental health impairment. Students will also visit the Musée de l’Orangerie with paintings by Monet designed to promote wellbeing for the citizens of Paris.

The estimated total cost for travel, accommodation and transfers for this trip to Paris is £400. 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 a range of employability 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.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).