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Mental Health Service & Population Research MSc



Mental Health Service & Population Research provides rigorous training in core scientific principles and methods that are the foundation of mental health and population-based research. Offers opportunities to specialise in particular methodologies. Develops skills needed to carry out independent, high quality research. Excellent  preparation for PhD or Clinical Psychology training. Departmental scholarships available. 

Key benefits

  • Foundation modules in principles of psychiatric research and analytic methods for psychiatric epidemiology and Mental Health Service & Population Research: theory to practice, followed by the opportunity to specialise in particular disciplines, including: qualitative methods, systematic review, social psychiatry, economic evaluation, advanced statistical methods.

  • Teaching and supervision delivered by world leaders in mental health research and policy, based in the Health Service and Population Research Department, led by Professor Martin Prince.

  • Welcomes applications from clinicians, social science and psychology graduates wanting to learn how to carry out rigorous high quality research in real-world settings.

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.

Course leaders Dr Souci Frissa

Course contact for further information Vanessa Frederick, Teaching Programme Manager, +44 (0)20 7848 0493

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Health Service & Population Research Department


Entry requirements & how to apply

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

A Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). 

Alternatively we can consider students with relevant professional qualifications and relevant work experience.

Application procedure

Selection is made on the basis of application and references.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please ensure you pay careful attention to the content of your personal statement. We do not normally invite applicants for interview and so the clarity and relevance of the information you provide in your personal statement is of considerable importance to us. In particular, we would like you to describe your academic background and any relevant clinical or research interests, your reasons for applying to our particular postgraduate programme and what you hope to gain from the training we offer, and how you intend to use the knowledge and skills you acquire to further your clinical or research ambitions.

Please upload your personal statement (word limit: 1000) during online application. If your personal statement does not exceed 4000 character spaces, you may also copy and paste in the space provided for ease of reference.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


The programme allows students to tailor the content of the MSc to meet their individual interests and needs. To achieve this, students undergo core training in study design and analytic methods for epidemiological and population-based research and then select specialised study options from a range of elective modules: systematic review, qualitative methods, advanced statistical methods, economic evaluation, mental health service research: theory to practice, global mental health, measurement in mental health, social psychiatry.

Whilst studying within the Health Service & Population Research Department, students are supported to identify their own research interests and encouraged to develop dissertation projects under the supervision of the department's staff. There may be opportunities for additional voluntary research activities. The Anthony Mann Prize will be awarded to the most promising dissertation.

Course purpose

The course is ideally suited for psychology and social science graduates, clinicians interested in mental health research, and those preparing for Clinical Psychology or PhD training. Our students are often interested in working in both high and low resource settings. We aim to train future leaders in mental health. The rigorous training in research methods will suit UK, EU and international students wishing to prepare for a career in research, policy making or those wishing to combine clinical activities with research. 

Course format and assessment

A combination of lectures, group tutorials and discussions, classroom and computer-based practicals, student presentations and practical workshops. Assessment includes formative exercises, coursework assignments, unseen examinations and a dissertation project.



Career prospects

Our students come from a wide variety of health, social care and academic backgrounds, creating a diverse and stimulating learning environment. Alumni pursue careers as senior clinicians and service managers, academic researchers and policy makers. Alumni of the programme work as researchers either staying at King's College London or moving on to other renowned universities such as University College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Imperial College London, or as advisers and researchers in clinical and policy settings including leading NGOs and the World Health Organisation. Many of our students pursue Doctoral Research or Clinical Psychology training in London universities including the Institute of Psychiatry. Psychology & Neuroscience itself.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£24,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£12,375 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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


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