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Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc

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Overview

Our unique Early Intervention in Psychosis course provides world-class specialised training in the early identification and clinical treatment of psychosis, focusing on the detection and management of early symptoms. This approach is highly effective in reducing the long-term impact of psychotic illness. You will learn the relevant skills in early intervention and other areas of mental health. You will also acquire transferable skills training, including career planning and progression, personal statement and CV writing, interviewing, public speaking and presenting scientific data to a lay or non-specialist audience.


Key benefits

  • The only MSc in Early Intervention in Psychosis worldwide.
  • Taught by clinical academics who have carried out pioneering work in this area.
  • Clinical placement in a world-class early intervention service.
  • Flexible programme which can be taken over a period of one to four years.
  • Useful skills in early intervention and other areas of mental health.
  • Transferable skills training focused on career planning and progression.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT; two years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 15 FT (or PT equivalent)

Course leaders

Dr. Andrea Mechelli (Programme Director) 

Email: a.mechelli@kcl.ac.uk  

earlyintervention@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

DepartmentDepartment of Psychosis Studies

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Course detail

Description

Early intervention in psychosis is becoming an important and integral aspect of mental health services in the UK and worldwide. Yet, specialist training in this area remains sparse and it can be difficult for mental health services to recruit clinicians with the required expertise. Our unique course – the only one of its kind in the world – combines classroom teaching from world-experts in the field with a clinical placement in an early intervention service for psychosis within the NHS. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach by capitalising on the most recent findings from a range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines that include psychiatry, psychology, genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology and biostatistics. Upon completion, you will acquire specialised theoretical and practical expertise to carry out clinical work and cutting-edge research in early intervention in psychosis.

You will be taught by mental health professionals with extensive experience in early intervention in psychosis (e.g. Dr. Eduardo Iacoponi, Dr. Majella Byrne, Dr. Sunil Nandha) and clinical academics who have published extensively on the topic (e.g. Prof. Robin Murray, Prof. Philip McGuire, Prof. Shitij Kapur, Dr. Paola Dazzan, Dr. Lucia Valmaggia, Dr. Paolo Fusar-Poli, Dr. Andrea Mechelli).

Our course is designed for students who want to develop their academic skills and enhance their clinical experience before applying for clinical psychology training, clinicians (e.g. psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, nurses) aiming to enhance their career in mental health and students who would like to conduct further research in the area of psychosis at PhD level.

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Course format and assessment

Format

Early Intervention Service Implementation

Lectures (24 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (64 hours) | Self-study time (204 hours)

Pharmacological Early Intervention in Psychosis

Lectures (24 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (64 hours) | Self-study time (204 hours)

Psychosocial Early Intervention in Psychosis

Lectures (24 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (64 hours) | Self-study time (204 hours)

Research Methods in early Intervention in Psychosis

Lectures (24 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (64 hours) | Self-study time (204 hours)

Research Project in Early Intervention in Psychosis

Lectures (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (184 hours) | Self-study time (408 hours)

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Year 1

Examination (72.5%) | Coursework (22.5%)| Practical (5%)

Extra information

Other related courses:

  • Clinical Neuroscience MSc
  • Applied Mental Health Research MSc
  • Affective Disorders MSc

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Degree in medicine, psychology, nursing, professions allied to medicine (eg radiography) or a scientific degree such as biomedical science, neuroscience or computer science. A minimum 2:1 degree is required. Ability to speak/understand oral and written English as specified by standard College requirements.

 

Application procedure

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please detail your reasons for applying for the course and your future goals. Please also include a CV with details of any clinical experience.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £10,950 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,950 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £5,475 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £12,975 p.a. (2017/18)*

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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Career prospects

Upon completion of the course, you will gain specialised theoretical and practical expertise to carry out clinical work and cutting-edge research in early intervention in psychosis. You may go on to enhanced careers in mental health as clinicians and/or policy makers or conduct further study in an academic research environment (e.g. PhD) or clinical psychology training (eg DClinPsy).

Career destinations

Upon completion of the course, you will gain specialised theoretical and practical expertise to carry out clinical work and cutting-edge research in early intervention in psychosis. You may go on to enhanced careers in mental health as clinicians and/or policy makers or conduct further study in an academic research environment (e.g. PhD) or clinical psychology training (eg DClinPsy).

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