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The programme develops advanced skills in psychiatric & psychological research methods. NHS volunteer programme is available for students interested in gaining clinical experience (the programme acts as facilitator only and placements are not guaranteed for all). Study on the programme provides an ideal step towards a PhD or Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Provides an in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge base to guide the practice and interpretation of mental health research and an understanding of the context in which it takes place.
Core module delivers advanced training in the ethical and scientific principles common to all mental research disciplines, together with skills in advanced statistics, epidemiology and research methodology.
Flexible, modular programme, designed for you to develop specific areas of interest including Neuroimaging; Psychiatric Genetics; Psychopharmacology; Clinical Trials in Psychiatry and Brain Behaviour Interface.
Application status Open
Duration 1 year FT & 2 years PT
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake 30 FT expected.
Course leaders Dr Eugenia Kravariti
Course contact for further information Cha'Von Clarke-Joell (administrator): T: +44 (0)20 7848 0497 Dr Katerina Koutsantoni (manager): E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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, 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.
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.
The programme gives equal priority to social, epidemiological and biological research methods, emphasising the interface between these approaches, but its modular structure allows you to focus on any of the areas. The course has a practical orientation, developing skills in critical appraisal of existing research, hypothesis formulation, study design, data gathering, research management, data analysis, writing research reports and scientific publications.
The Programme consists of a core study module covering Study Design, Basic Epidemiology and Statistics, and several optional study modules, including Neuroimaging, Psychiatric Genetics, Clinical Trials in Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology and Brain Behaviour Interface. You will be learning from leading experts at the cutting edge of psychiatric research.
The aim of the MSc in Psychiatric Research is to provide advanced training in the scientific and ethical principles common to all mental health research disciplines, together with skills in statistics, epidemiology methods and both biological and social methodology. The programme is aimed at psychiatrists, psychologists, other mental health practitioners (nurses and psychotherapists), and those students with no clinical background interested in a career that involves mental health research. The rigorous training in research methods will suit both UK and international students wishing to prepare for a career in research, or combine clinical activities with research, or pursue a PhD or training in clinical psychology or further professional development.
- 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 & Dissertation preparationASSESSMENT: - January examination on Term 1 teaching- Written assessment (coursework and exams) at the end of each Term 2 module- 10,000 word research dissertation
The following modules are offered by this programme:
Clinical Trials in Psychiatry
Translational Research in Psychiatry
Further research (PhD); enhanced careers in mental health and social care as clinicians and policy makers.
'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.'
Dr Eugenia Kravariti
Programme Director - MSc Psychiatric Research
Dr Kravariti is the Programme Director for the MSc in Psychiatric Research. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychosis Studies with primary research interests in the neuropsychology of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and in e-health applications to psychosis.
Dr Jane Boydell
Dr Boydell is the programme chair for the MSc in Psychiatric Research. Dr Boydell is a clinical lecturer in the Division of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Bethlem Hospital. Her research interests include the investigation of social factors in the development of psychosis.
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