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This course provides advanced skills training in the scientific, practical and ethical principles relevant to research across the psychiatric disorders. A modular structure allows students to focus on their specific areas of interest and an optional NHS clinical placement scheme is available for students interested in gaining clinical experience. Study on the programme provides an ideal step towards a PhD or Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and will suit students wishing to prepare for a career in research, combine clinical activities with research, or for further professional development.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT & Two years PT
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake 30 FT expected.
Course leaders Dr Alice Egerton
Course contact for further information Programmes Manager - Katerina Koutsantoni, P – +44 (0)20 7848 0191, E – firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme Administrator - Cha'Von Clarke-Joell, P – +44 (0)20 7848 049 E - email@example.com
Programmes Manager - Katerina Koutsantoni, P – +44 (0)20 7848 0191, E – firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme Administrator - Cha'Von Clarke-Joell, P – +44 (0)20 7848 049 E - email@example.com
Course contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
Department Department of Psychosis Studies
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
General entry advice
Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology, neuroscience, pharmacology, social science or health science); or a registrable qualification appropriate to the programme in medicine; or a professional mental health qualification. A 2:2 degree will be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit in a related subject.
Selection is made on the basis of application and references. Potential students are welcome to visit the department: please arrange a suitable time in advance.
Please detail your reasons for applying for the programme and your future goals. Please also include a CV with details of your clinical experience.
English language requirements
For EU/international students (where eligible) there is additional country-specific information within our international students section
NON ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
A Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a criminal records bureau check) may be required during your programme, depending on project work.
The deadline for applications is 01 July 2016 for 2016 entry. 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.
The programme provides in-depth training in a comprehensive range of approaches and methods in psychiatric research (for example, epidemiological, social, cohort and case-control studies, clinical trials, neuroimaging and genetics), together with the statistical, ethical and theoretical knowledge necessary for performing, interpreting and applying research. This core foundation is complemented by a modular structure, which allows students to focus on their specific areas of interest.
The course has a practical orientation, developing 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 clinical settings.
This course is for students who want to develop their academic research skills to prepare for a career in research, a career combining clinical work and research, for applying for a PhD or clinical psychology training, or for further professional development when working in mental health or social care. Students usually have a background in psychology, neuroscience, pharmacology, psychiatry, nursing or related disciplines. The course includes support for developing transferrable skills for the next career stages, for example preparing CVs, job applications and interview techniques and career planning.
The MSc in Psychiatric Research provides advanced training in scientific research across the mental health disorders. In the first term, the course focuses on development of core skills in biological, epidemiological and social research methods, statistics and ethics. Students then develop their own areas of interest, through elective modules including neuroimaging, clinical trials, translational psychiatry, psychopharmacology, psychiatric genetics and brain-behaviour interface. These skills are applied and further developed through research dissertation projects, supervised by expert staff. Students are supported in developing their transferrable skills in preparation for the next stages in their careers.
YEAR OF STUDY
Full-time students complete all required modules in one year.
Part-time students normally complete Research Methods, Ethics and two Optional Modules in Year 1; and Statistics, two Optional Modules, their Research Dissertation and the Introductory Modules in Year 2.
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Teaching methods include lectures, computer-based practicals, workshops and tutorials.
Assessment is by computer-based or written examinations, written course-work, research project and poster presentation.
Students must complete four of the following specialist modules:
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.
Further research (PhD); enhanced careers in mental health and social care as clinicians and policy makers.
Dr Alice Egerton
Programme Director - MSc Psychiatric Research
Dr Alice Egerton is the Programme Director for the MSc in Psychiatric Research. She is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Psychosis Studies with primary research interests in neuroimaging and clinical trials in psychosis.
Dr Matthew Kempton
Module Leader, Research Methods
Dr Matthew Kempton is Module Leader for the core module, Research Methods, Ethics and Statistics in Mental Health on the MSc in Psychiatric Research. He is a Senior Lecturer and MRC Career Development Fellow within the Departments of Psychosis Studies and of Neuroimaging. His primary research interests include brain structure in psychosis and mood disorders, meta-analysis and multicentre neuroimaging.
One of the most valuable parts of studying this course is the access to experts within the IoPPN. 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.
Professor Philip McGuire
hair of the MSc in Psychiatric Research
Professor Philip McGuire is the Chair of the MSc in Psychiatric Research. He is Head of Department for Psychosis Studies and Academic Lead of the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group (CAG), which integrates the department’s research on psychosis with the clinical services for psychosis in the South London And Maudsley NHS Trust. Prof. McGuire was ranked among the world’s leading scientific minds in the field of Psychiatry and Psychology, according to the 2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list.
Aaron McCall Craddolph
The programme is brilliantly run by engaging staff that strive for your success. The entire experience at King’s is world class.
'It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life as I had the chance to learn from global leaders in mental health. The knowledge and skills I learnt from the MSc in Psychiatric Research are helping me immensely to conduct sound research.'
'This MSc programme has enabled me to function as an independent researcher in India and I can now confidently design research projects, perform statistical analysis, and write research papers for scientific journals.'
'The modules and lectures for this programme provided essential knowledge which contained diverse aspects of major research areas that I really needed. Overall, I feel that my master's course was a very successful experience for both my career and future life.'
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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 deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)
If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.
If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.
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