Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.1666667 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr L Rodriguez and Dr F Minson


Topics include the concept of personality, different theoretical approaches to the conceptualisation of personality and psychological functioning and the relationship between these approaches and the empirical study of personality. Relevance of theory to the clinical situation, especially psychotherapeutic implications.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Formulate a person's internal and interpersonal psychological world in terms of relevant theories of personality and psychological functioning;
  2. Critically appraise these theoretical approaches in terms of their commonalities and differences;
  3. Recognise how research into this subject is conceptualised and carried out;
  4. Critically analyse the literature in this field;
  5. Relate the role of these approaches in the psychotherapies and clinical psychiatry overall.


Essay on an assigned topic (approx. 4,000 words)
Hurdle requirement: 75% attendance

Chief examiner(s)

Dr L Rodriguez

Contact hours

Approximately 3.5 hours of lectures per week