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Psychiatric Research MSc



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

Key benefits

  • 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.

Key information

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:

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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, 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.

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 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. 

Course purpose

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.

Course format and assessment

- 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 preparation

- January examination on Term 1 teaching
- Written assessment (coursework and exams) at the end of each Term 2 module
- 10,000 word research dissertation



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.

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


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