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Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:44

Course Overview

This course is an introduction to the concept and practice of mindfulness for medical students, involving the critical analysis of the subject and the underpinning neuroscience of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is included in the NICE guidelines as an NHS treatment for mild to moderate recurring depression. Furthermore, there is a large body of research indicating the physiological, psychological and neurological benefits of practice mindfulness. The study and practice of mindfulness is, therefore, of relevance to medical students hence why this course is offered as a Medical Humanities option. The course involves training in mindfulness practices

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Kim D Miller

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Medicine (ME) or Degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.

Course Description

Course Aims:


  • To facilitate the development of knowledge about, and understanding of, the concept of mindfulness
  • To facilitate the critical analysis of the concept of mindfulness
  • To facilitate an understanding of the neurobiological impact of mindfulness.
  • To offer training in mindfulness practice
  • To develop critical reading and writing skills
  • To develop skills for analytical reasoning, debating, communicating and presenting.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 13 - 14, 17
  • 2 Workshops during University weeks 15 - 16

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1x 3500 word essay: critical, academic writing on mindfulness and associated concepts, and its relevance to medical professionals and medical practice (60%)

1x Reflective report: reflective writing on the experience of mindfulness practice (20%)


1x Oral presentation via Collaborate: presentation on the experience of mindfulness practice and one selected aspect of mindfulness or an associated concept (20%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Resubmission of written work (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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