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Mental Health Studies MSc

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Overview

This Programme was established in 1992, equipping students with knowledge within the field of Mental Health and with the opportunity to examine one area further through both theoretical and empirical research. We welcome applications from both mental health professionals and psychology graduates, and offer career enhancement through practitioners' CPD; preparation for a career in clinical psychology; RA and PhD positions.


Key benefits

  • Choice of 8 elective modules on offer in a number of different Mental Health sectors.-Regular contributions from practising clinicians, including world leading experts across all psychiatric specialities from the allied Maudsley Hospital, and from visiting specialist lecturers.
  • Well-established Clinical Placements voluntary scheme, offering placements within SLaM, the largest UK NHS Trust. 
  • Experience of research work, supporting service users in a variety of placements through our voluntary scheme.
  • The opportunity to join existing research projects or develop your own research ideas.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, Two years PT, October to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 100 FT expected.

Course leaders Dr Eugenia Kravariti

Course contact for further information

Programme Leader – Dr Eugenia Kravariti E – e.kravariti@kcl.ac.uk P - +44 (0)20 7188 0331

Programme Manager – Dr Katerina Koutsantoni E – katerina.koutsantoni@kcl.ac.uk P – +44 (0)20 7848 0191

Programme Administrator - Reem Barreto E - mhsp@kcl.ac.uk P – +44 (0)20 7848 019

Programme Email: mhsp@kcl.ac.uk

Course contact email mhsp@kcl.ac.uk

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychosis Studies

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Entry requirements & how to apply


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

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject or an equivalent professional qualification. 

Experience working in the mental health field is desirable but not essential.

English language requirements: see link on right to our minimum English language requirements. 

Application procedure

An application fee of £40 applies (non-refundable).
How MHSP processes applications

The MHSP programme is extremely popular and we recommend you apply as early as possible. Both courses (MSc Mental Health Studies and MSc Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology) on the programme are usually full by the end of July. The application portal is open from the start of each academic year (October).

MHSP offers a proportion of places at the beginning of each month, starting from January. The programme operates a system called 'gathered fields' which is commonly used for popular postgraduate courses because it helps ensure the best candidates receive offers, as opposed to 'first come, first served'. This means that if you just miss a gathered field (ie apply early in the month) you will hear the outcome of your application at the next one (i.e. start of the next month).

 

Personal statement and supporting information

Please detail your reasons for applying for the course and your future goals.

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.

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Course detail

Description

While the MSc Mental Health Studies offers mental health professionals a range of opportunities for continuing professional development, an equally high number of our students have not yet embarked on professional training. Some come with a relevant first degree, usually in psychology, and some already have work experience in the mental health field. Students typically aim to pursue a career in clinical psychology or research. 

Programme Information

The programme consists of five modules: compulsory modules in Basic Mental Health, Research Principles & Methods, a Research Dissertation, and two elective modules. The Basic Mental Health module provides an overview of: theoretical perspectives on mental illness; diagnosis and assessment; psychiatric disorders and treatment; approaches to management and care. The Research Methods module covers quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and provides the foundations for your own research project. Both core and optional modules are taught on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (please see details in a different section). All students, but especially those planning part time study, should note that supplementary core teaching may also occasionally occur on other days and students would need to be free to attend.

To achieve a good-standard research project, full-time students should plan to spend at least two days per week at the Institute working on their project; part-time students are expected to spend one day per week on their project in addition to the scheduled teaching time. Students registered for FT study are expected to fully commit themselves to their studies for the working week (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri throughout the year) in order to fulfil their maximum potential. Part time students are expected to commit the same time over 2 years to complete their studies to MSc level, in other words 2.5 days per week.

Research Project

To achieve a good-standard research project, full-time students should plan to spend at least two days per week at the Institute working on their project; part-time students are expected to spend one day per week on their project in addition to the scheduled teaching time. Students registered for FT study are expected to fully commit themselves to their studies for the working week (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri throughout the year) in order to fulfil their maximum potential. Part time students are expected to commit the same time over 2 years to complete their studies to MSc level, in other words 2.5 days per week.

Course purpose

The MSc Mental Health Studies aims to provide high quality and up-to-date coverage of theory, practice and research in the field of mental health and illness. Applicants may already have some experience of working in the mental health field, in positions of clinical, therapeutic or educational capacity, although this is not essential.

Course format and assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, group work, discussions, videos, case analyses. Assessment is by essays, written examinations, research project.

Extra information

Knowledge/Skills gained at completion: 
  • You will be able to pursue your interests and to develop more in-depth knowledge and understanding of particular aspects of mental health and illness in the elective modules, which currently include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychological Therapies, Women's Mental Health, Disaster Response, Pharmacotherapy, Social and Community Mental Health, Mind and Brain and Mental Health in the Workplace

Structure

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Career prospects

Graduates pursue various careers in mental health including psychology and other clinical training, research assistant positions and post doctoral study.
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Testimonials

A students perspective - Mental Health Studies

In the heart of London

Louise completed her Mental Health Studies MSc at King's and is now continuing her research career. Watch the video to learn more about her experience at King's and the Mental Health Studies programme

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,960 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£23,340 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,980 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£11,670 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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