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MSc Psychiatric Research

Aims and Objectives 
This programme provides advanced training in the scientific and ethical principles common to all mental health research disciplines, together with skills in statistics, epidemiology and both biological and social methodology.
It is one of only two MSc programmes in psychiatric research in the UK and the only one to offer both full and part-time study options.
The aim of this programme is to provide a sound practical and theoretical knowledge base to guide the establishment, conduct and interpretation of mental health research and an understanding of the context in which the research takes place. By the end of their study, students will be able to demonstrate:
  • A grounding in the ethical and scientific principles common to all mental health research disciplines
  • Skills in statistics and epidemiological, biological and social research methodology
  • An ability to formulate research questions, design studies and conduct mental health research
  • Skills in reading, interpreting and applying research in the relevant mental health context
  • The ability to conduct one of the following: (i) a systematic review or metanalysis (ii) a research protocol or (iii) a study design, data collection and analysis
  • The skills to write and publish a scientific paper. 
Who should study Psychiatric Research?
The programme is aimed at psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health practitioners interested in a career that involves mental health research. 
The advanced training in psychiatric research methods appeals to a range of students, from those interested in continued professional development to those wanting to pursue a PhD or training in clinical psychology. 
Student Views
Rhianna Goozee
 Rhianna GoozeeI studied MSc Psychiatric Research in 2011-2012 as part of a 1+3 studentship leading to a PhD. I am now undertaking my doctoral studies in the Department of Psychosis Studies under the supervision of Dr Paola Dazzan and Prof. Philip McGuire.
The MSc provided me with a solid base from which to go on to a PhD, by broadening my knowledge of research methods and developing my ability to apply this to psychiatry. One of the most valuable parts of studying this course is the access to experts in the Department of Psychosis Studies, many of whom are involved in the running and teaching of the course, as well as academics in other departments at the Institute. This provides the opportunity to learn from and network with the leading researchers carrying out cutting-edge research in the fields of psychiatry, mental health, and neuroscience.
I believe that this course helped to build my confidence and skills to ensure I was prepared and accepted for further research as a doctoral student. 

Clara Humpston
Clara HumpstonMy major research interest is in the psychopharmacology and neurobiology of psychosis; having graduated with a BSc in Pharmacology I chose the Psychiatric Research MSc programme at the IoPPN not only because of its academic reputation worldwide, but also because of its potential for shaping my future career path.
By working with world-renowned academics in the field of my passion this MSc has been a life-changing and highly enjoyable experience in terms of both professional and personal development. It has provided me with opportunities that simply would not have been available if I had not completed the MSc, including my current job as a research worker at the IoPPN and my upcoming PhD at Cardiff University.
I wholeheartedly recommend this programme to anyone who is passionate about doing top-quality research in psychiatry.

Aaron McCall Craddolph
Aaron McCall CraddolphI chose the IoP because of its status as a world leader in psychiatric research and its programmes ensure the best access to excellent staff and content.
The programme is brilliantly run by engaging staff that strive for your success. The entire experience at King’s is world class.
Academic Programme Team
Dr Alice Egerton Programme Director  

Alice leads the programme's academic operation and contributes to teaching on both the core and on optional modules.
Dr Jane Boydell | Programme Chair
Jane oversees the programme's operation and contributes to teaching where required.
Module Leaders
Dr Gemma Modinos, Module Leader -  Neuroimaging
Dr Alice Egerton, Module Leader -  Research Dissertation 
Dr Matthew Kempton, Module Leader - Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health
Dr Daniel Stahl, Module Leader - Advanced Statistics
Dr Simone Reinders, Module Leader - Designing, Funding & Publishing a Study
Dr Sridhar Natesan & Dr Tiago Reis Marques, Module Leaders - Psychopharmacology
Dr Marta Di Forti, Module Leader  - Psychiatric Genetics
Dr Valeria Mondelli, Module Leader - Brain Behaviour Interface
Dr Alice Egerton and Dr Paul Morrison, Module Leaders - Clinical Trials in Psychiatry
Dr Sagnik Bhattacharyya, Module Leader - Translational Research in Psychiatry
Professional Services Team
Dr Katerina Koutsantoni | Programmes Manager
 Katerina is Manager for this programme and for other postgraduate taught programmes at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.
She has a background in UK Further and Higher Education in such positions as English Literature lecturer, English for Academic Purposes tutor, English as a Foreign Language tutor, examiner, exams supervisor, moderator, researcher, administrator and project officer. 
Katerina is responsible for co-ordinating the operation of programmes with respect to programme/module design and approval, assessment, admissions policies, delivery of teaching, financial matters, space issues, liaison with students and quality assurance.
Mrs Cha'Von Clarke-Joell I Programme Administrator
Cha'Von has a background in international student recruitment, communications, welfare, marketing and administration. She is responsible for administering the 'student lifecycle' from admission and registration through to graduation, for maintaining all administrative systems and for handling all student enquiries. 
Cha'Von leads on marketing strategies and also provides administrative support to the team of academic staff and to the Programmes Manager, ensuring the smooth operation of the programme.
Programme Structure
The course is offered on a full-time or a part-time basis and 180 credits must be achieved with a mix of core, optional and compulsory modules:  
Core Modules (60 credits each):
  • Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health
  • Dissertation in Psychiatric Research
Compulsory Modules (0 credits each):
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Designing, Funding and Publishing a Study
Optional Modules (15 credits each):
  •  Brain-Behaviour Interface  
  • Clinical Trials in Psychiatry 
  • Neuroimaging 
  • Psychiatric Genetics 
  • Translational Research in Psychiatry
  • Psychopharmacology
Career Destinations
Examples of Employment and Further Study of Alumni, 6 months after Graduation from the MSc in Psychiatric Research.
These examples are based on data from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey ( Alumni were contacted 6 months after graduation and asked to complete information about employment and further study.

The examples below are taken for data combined for surveys in 2012, 2013 and 2014. A total of 61 people responded, and the data may be subject to collection bias.

The information below presents representative examples of further study and employment. For data protection purposes (so that individuals cannot be identified), further study or employment details have been unlinked from the corresponding study or employment institution. The examples are presented in alphabetical order.


6 months after graduation, 16% of respondents reported being engaged in further study at graduate level (e.g. PhD’s, further clinical training).

Example study areas:

• Clinical Psychology

• Cognitive Neuroscience

• Forensics

• Neurobiology

• Pharmaceutical Sciences

• Psychiatric Research

• Psychiatry

• Psychological Medicine

• Psychology

• Social Psychiatry

Example study institutions:

• Kings College London

• London Metropolitan University

• University of Essex



The chart below shows graduate employment sectors (data from 51 respondents). 


Example job titles: (6 months after graduation)

• Assistant Psychologist

• Assistant Research Co-Ordinator

• Research Administrator

• Business Developer

• Business Development manager

• Clinical Research Assistant

• Clinical Support Worker

• Consultant psychiatrist

• Doctor

• Health Adviser

• Healthcare Assistant

• Learning Support Assistant

• Mental Health Advocate

• Occupational Therapist

• One-to-One Tutor

• Project Manager

• Psychiatric Trainee

• Psychiatrist

• Psychological Assistant

• Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

• Pupil Support Officer

• Research Assistant

• Research Fellow

• Research Worker

• Senior Key Therapist

• Social Therapist

• Special Needs Registrar

• Support Time and Recovery Worker

• Trainee Clinical Psychologist


Example employers: (6 months after graduation)

• Axcis

• Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

• Bristol Primary Healthcare Trust (NHS)

• Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

• Charing Cross Hospital (NHS)

• East London NHS Foundation Trust

• Edgware Community Hospital (NHS)

• EPS Maison Blanche• Fulbourn Hospital (NHS)

• Goodmayes Hospital (NHS)

• IAPT Lambeth

• Jikei Medical University

• Kenexa

• Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

•Kings College Hospital (NHS)

• Kings College London

• Lambeth NHS

• Lambeth Psychological Therapies

• Mind

• North Essex Partnership University NHS

• Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich (NHS)

• Queen Mary University of London

• Royal Berkshire Hospital (NHS)

• South London NHS Trust

• Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

• Taipei City Hospital

• Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

• The Chinese University of Hong Kong

• University College London

• University of Palermo

• University of Sussex

• Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund (Vienna Hospital Association)

• West London Mental Health Trust (NHS)

Clinical Placements Volunteers Scheme
Many of our students are not only interested in focusing on our programme of study but also wish to gain some clinical experience during their time at the Institute of Psychiatry. 
We offer a volunteer clinical placements scheme where students are put in contact with clinical placement providers, usually in the South London area, where - under the supervision of clinicians - they can obtain some clinical experience. 
Please note the programme only acts as facilitator between students and placement providers and placements are not guaranteed for all. 
Please contact the Programme Administrator on at the start of the year, to express an interest in a placement opportunity. 
Information about the scheme is available on the programme's area of KEATS for students enrolled on the programme. 
Student Publications 
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.
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