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Psychiatric Research MSc



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. 


Key benefits

  • In-depth, practical and theoretical knowledge on performing, interpreting and applying psychiatric research.
  • Flexible, modular programme, allowing you to develop specific areas of interest
  • Taught by academics who perform world-leading psychiatric research
  • Transferrable skills training, for career planning and progression
  • Optional voluntary clinical placement scheme.
  • Full-time and part-time study.

Key information

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 –

Programme Administrator - +44 (0)20 7848 0497 E - 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychosis Studies


Entry requirements & how to apply

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.

Application procedure

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

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


A Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a criminal records bureau check) may be required during your programme, depending on project work. 

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September 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.


Course detail


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. 

For detailed Staff Profiles, Student Stories and further information, please also visit our Departmental webpage

Course purpose

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. 

Course format and assessment


Full-time students complete all required modules in one year.

  • TERM 1 (September-December): Research Methods, Ethics and Statistics in Mental Health
  • TERM 2 (January-March): Choice of 4 optional modules
  • TERM 3 (April-September): Introductory Modules & Research Dissertation

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.


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.  



Career prospects

Further research (PhD); enhanced careers in mental health and social care as clinicians and policy makers.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£24,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£5,250 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£12,375 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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.

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


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