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MSc and PGCert Psychiatric Research


The MSc in Psychiatric Research provides in-depth training in how to perform and evaluate research across the psychiatric disorders. Students develop deep understanding of what is currently known about psychiatric disorders and their treatment, and how well performed research can enhance knowledge and ultimately improve clinical outcomes for people with mental ill health. This MSc provides an ideal step towards a PhD, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or working in research.

The PGCert in Psychiatric Research provides training in a comprehensive range of research methodologies, ethical principles and fundamental statistical approaches to analysing research data. The PGCert supports professional development or as a route to further study.

Both the MSc Psychiatric Research and PGCert Psychiatric Research are available to study either full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years). 

Please visit our prospectus pages for further information and details on how to apply.

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MSc Psychiatric Research.


Aims and Objectives.

Training is provided in a comprehensive range of research methodologies and the accompanying statistical, research, critical and creative skills that are required to perform, interpret and apply research. The focus is on current knowledge and emerging research into the biological (e.g. brain neurotransmission, genetics), and environmental underpinnings (e.g. stress, drug use) of psychiatric disorders, and on how this research is applied to develop new therapeutic interventions.

The course has a practical orientation, developing transferrable skills in study design, data gathering, academic writing and publication, and in critical appraisal of existing research. Teaching is delivered by academics working at the cutting edge of psychiatric research, using examples from their current research and highlighting the most topical developments in the field. The optional, voluntary clinical placements provide opportunity to gain experience of working within South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.


MSc Modules

  •  Research Methods, Ethics and Statistics in Mental Health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Therapeutic Research in Psychiatry
  • Horizons in Psychiatric Research
  • Introduction to Machine Learning, Big Data and Personalised Medicine
  • Dissertation in Psychiatric Research

 All the above modules are compulsory. 

PGCert Psychiatric Research
The PGCert in Psychiatric Research is awarded for completing only the 60 credit module Research Methods, Ethics and Statistics in Mental Health. 


Voluntary clinical placements 

Opportunities for a clinical placements within the South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust are available through the MSc programme.


Students should be aware that placements are voluntary and do not count towards any assessment on the Master's programme. Further details, including procedures for necessary clearances, will be discussed on enrolment.

Recent Awards


Dr Matthew Kempton, Research Methods, Ethics and Statistics in Mental Health module leader, received a King’s Teaching Excellence Award for the ‘Student Experience’ category.



Dr Katerina Koutsantoni, Programme Manager, received a King’s Award for ‘Most Outstanding Contribution to Professional Services’. 


Student Publications 


Ingman T, Ali S, Bhui K, Chalder T. Chronic fatigue syndrome: comparing outcomes in White British and Black and minority ethnic patients after cognitive-behavioural therapy. Br J Psychiatry. 2016 209(3):251-6

Schoeler T, Monk A, Sami MB, Klamerus E, Foglia E, Brown R, Camuri G, Altamura AC, Murray R, Bhattacharyya S. Continued versus discontinued cannabis use in patients with psychosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Psychiatry. 2016 3(3): 215-25.

Du Preez A, Conroy S, Pawlby S, Moran P, Pariante CM. Differential effects of ethnic density on the risk of postnatal depression and personality dysfunction. Br J Psychiatry. 2016 208(1):49-55

Cucchi A, Ryan D, Konstantakopoulos G, Stroumpa S, Kaçar AŞ, Renshaw S, Landau S, Kravariti E. Lifetime prevalence of non-suicidal self-injury in patients with eating disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychol Med. 2016 46(7):1345-58.

Ambwani S, Berenson KR, Simms L, Li A, Corfield F, Treasure J. Seeing things differently: An experimental investigation of social cognition and interpersonal behavior in anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2016; 49(5):499-506.

Mallas EJ, Carletti F, Chaddock CA, Woolley J, Picchioni MM, Shergill SS, Kane F, Allin MP, Barker GJ, Prata DP. Genome-wide discovered psychosis-risk gene ZNF804A impacts on white matter microstructure in health, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. PeerJ. 2016 Feb 25;4:e1570.



Musiat P, Goldstone P, Tarrier N. Understanding the acceptability of e-mental health-attitudes and expectations towards computerised self-help treatments for mental health problems. BMC Psychiatry. 2014 14:109.

Bogart K, Wong SK, Lewis C, Akenzua A, Hayes D, Prountzos A, Okocha CI, Kravariti E. Mobile phone text message reminders of antipsychotic medication: is it time and who should receive them? A cross-sectional trust-wide survey of psychiatric inpatients. BMC Psychiatry. 2014 14:15.



Tsopelas C, Stewart R, Savva GM, Brayne C, Ince P, Thomas A, Matthews FE. (2011). Neuropathological correlates of late-life depression in older people. Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Study.Br J Psychiatry.198:109-14.

Siriwardhana C, Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Samaraweera S, Abeysinghe N, Prince M, Hotopf M. (2011). Reducing the scarcity in mental health research from low and middle income countries: a success story from Sri Lanka. Int Rev Psychiatry. 23:77-83.

Jotheeswaran AT, Williams JD, Stewart R, Prince MJ. (2011). Could reverse causality or selective mortality explain associations between leg length, skull circumference and dementia? A South Indian cohort study. Int Psychogeriatr. 23:328-30.

Hodgins S, Calem M, Shimel R, Williams A, Harleston D, Morgan, C, Dazzan P, Fearon P, Morgan K, Lappin J, Zanelli J, Reichenberg A, Jones P (2011). Criminal offending and distinguishing features of offenders among persons experiencing a first episode of psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. 5:15-23.

Bisla J, Calem M, Begum A, Stewart, R (2011). Have we forgotten about dementia in care homes? The importance of maintaining survey research in this section. Age and Aging. 40: 5 -6.

Prince M, Acosta D, Ferri CP, Guerra M, Huang Y, Jacob K,Jotheeswaran A, Liu Z, Rodriguez JJ, Salas A, Sosa AL, Williams JD. (2011) The association between common physical impairments and dementia in low and middle income countries, and, among people with dementia, their association with cognitive function and disability. A 10/66 Dementia Research Group population-based study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry.26:511-9.

Prince M, Acosta D, Dangour AD, Uauy R, Guerra M, Huang Y, Jacob KS, Rodriguez JJ, Salas A, Sosa AL, Williams JD, Acosta I, Albanese E, Dewey ME, Ferri CP, Stewart R, Gaona C, Jotheeswaran AT, Kumar PS, Li S, Guerra JC, Rodriguez D, Rodriguez G. (2011) Leg length, skull circumference, and the prevalence of dementia in low and middle income countries: a 10/66 population-based cross sectional survey. Int Psychogeriatr 23:202-13.



 Sousa RM, Ferri CP, Acosta D, Guerra M, Huang Y, Jacob K, Jotheeswaran A, Hernandez MA, Liu Z, Pichardo GR, Rodriguez JJ, Salas A, Sosa AL, Williams J, Zuniga T, Prince M. (2010) The contribution of chronic diseases to the prevalence of dependence among older people in Latin America, China and India: a 10/66 Dementia Research Group population-based survey. BMC Geriatr. 6;53.

 Jotheeswaran AT, Williams JD, Prince MJ. (2010) The predictive validity of the 10/66 dementia diagnosis in Chennai, India: a 3-year follow-up study of cases identified at baseline. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 24:296-302.

 Jotheeswaran AT, Williams JD, Prince MJ. (2010) Predictors of mortality among elderly people living in a south Indian urban community; a 10/66 Dementia Research Group prospective population-based cohort study. BMC Public Health. 23;366.

Soremekun M, Stewart R, Portel F, Artero S, Ancelin M, Ritchie K. (2010) Neurological signs and late-life depressive symptoms in a community population: the ESPRIT study. Geriatric Psychiatry, 25:672 – 678.

Suttajit S, Punpuing S, Jirapramukpitak T, Tangchonlatip K, Darawuttimaprakorn N, Stewart R, Dewey M, Prince M, Abas M. (2010). Impairment, disability, social support and depression among older parents in rural Thailand. Psychological Medicine. 40: 1711-1721.

Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Hewage S, Lekamwattage M, Athukorale M, Siriwardhana C, Munasinghe K, Sumathipala K, Murray J, Prince M (2010) .Understanding of research: a Sri Lankan perspective. BMC Med Ethics. 27;11:7.

Suttajit S and Pilakanta S (2010) Impact of depression and social support on nonadherence to antipsychotic drugs in persons with schizophrenia in Thailand. Patient Prefer Adherence. 4: 363–368.

Suttajit S and Pilakanta S (2010) Comparison of methods used in measuring nonadherence and the barriers against adherence to antipsychotic drugs in outpatients with schizophrenia. Chiang Mai Medical Journal. 49: 97-103

Kirkwood BR, Manu A, Tawiah-Agyemang C, ten Asbroek G, Gyan T, Weobong B, Lewandowski RE, Soremekun S, Danso S, Pitt C, Hanson K, Owusu-Agyei S, Hill Z. (2010) NEWHINTS cluster randomised trial to evaluate the impact on neonatal mortality in rural Ghana of routine home visits to provide a package of essential newborn care interventions in the third trimester of pregnancy and the first week of life: trial protocol. Trials. 17:11:58

Sousa RM, Dewey ME, Acosta D, Jotheeswaran AT, Castro-Costa E, Ferri CP, Guerra M, Huang Y, Jacob KS, Rodriguez Pichardo JG, Garcia Ramírez N, Llibre Rodriguez J, Calvo Rodriguez M, Salas A, Sosa AL, Williams J, Prince MJ. (2010) Measuring disability across cultures--the psychometric properties of the WHODAS II in older people from seven low- and middle-income countries. The 10/66 Dementia Research Group population-based survey. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 9:1-17.

Programme Academic Staff


Meet the team: Staff profiles

Dr Alice EgertonDr Alice Egerton, Programme Director

Dr Egerton is the Programme Director for the MSc in Psychiatric Research, and also leads the Dissertation in Psychiatric Research module. She is a senior lecturer in the Dept. Psychosis Studies. Dr Egerton’s research focuses on the neurochemical abnormalities that underlie psychosis, mainly using neuroimaging approaches. She has several publications and grants in this area.    


Professor Philip McGuire

Professor Philip McGuire, Programme Chair.

Prof. McGuire is Head of Department of Psychosis Studies, and Academic Director and Joint Leader, Psychosis Clinical Academic Group, King’s Health Partners. His research is focused on determining the neurocognitive basis of psychosis and using this as a basis for developing new assessment and treatments for psychotic disorders.


Matthew Kempton

Dr Matthew Kempton, Module Leader: Research Methods, Ethics and Statistics in Mental Health.

Dr Kempton is a Senior Lecturer and MRC Career Development Fellow. His main research interests include brain structure in psychosis and mood disorders, meta-analyses of neuroimaging data and conducting multi-centre neuroimaging studies.


Dr Valeria Mondelli, Module Leader: Biological Psychiatry..

Dr Valeria Mondelli, Module Leader: Biological Psychiatry

Dr Mondelli is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the IoPPN and a Consultant
Psychiatrist. Her research focuses on the role of stress and of biological systems involved in the stress response, and in the interplay between physical and mental health. In her research, she uses the integration of a variety of research approaches including neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology, brain imaging and gene expression analyses.


Dr Sagnik Bhattacharyya, Module Leader: Therapeutic Research in Psychiatry.

Dr Sagnik Brattacharyya

Dr Bhattacharyya is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Reader in Translational Neuroscience and Psychiatry. His research involves the application of different techniques and approaches, particularly pharmacological challenge, neuroimaging (fMRI, PET) and genetics to help understand the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders and translate that understanding into diagnostic tests or new therapeutic interventions.


Dr Daniel Stahl, Module Leader: Machine learning, big data and personalised medicine.

Dr Daniel Stahl

Dr Stahl is a senior lecturer in Biostatistics within the Department of Biostatistics. He collaborates on a variety of projects with IoPPN researchers. His research interests are mediation of the effects of psychotherapeutic trials and applying machine and statistical learning methods to identify moderators of treatment success. He is also the statistical supervisor of the students of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme and teaches introductory and/or advanced statistics for several MSc courses.


Dr Simone Reinders, Module Leader: Horizons in Psychiatric Research

Dr Simone Reinders

Dr Reinders performs multidisciplinary work in the field of brain imaging and has a strong back ground in neuroimaging methodology. At the IoPPN she leads the integration of MRI data obtained in the large multicentre OPTiMiSE trial. But her passion is her pioneering research on the neurobiology of trauma and dissociation. She was the first to show identity state dependent brain activation patterns in dissociative identity disorder and she is a leading research in this area. 



Further information about the research of our staff can be found on the KCL research portal:


Program Office and Enquiries

Please contact the Programme Office for any enquiries as below:


MSc Psychiatric Research

7th Floor, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (main building)

De Crespigny Park

London, SE5 8AF


T: 020 7848 0497


Visit our online prospectus for more information on:

  • Course structure
  • Module descriptions
  • Entry requirements and application process


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