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Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry MSc



The first year of a four-year programme leading to a PhD. Gain research training at the interface between social, genetic and developmental psychiatry and within an ethos of interdisciplinary and collaborative research. Tailored to facilitate your learning objectives in relation to statistics and core research areas.

Key benefits

  • Large number of internationally-rated researchers create a highly interdisciplinary environment.

  • Opportunities to develop and pursue your own research from the beginning of the programme.

  • Modern, state-of-the-art DNA banking, extraction and genotyping facilities.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September. Upon successful completion of the MSc, students will be expected to register for MPhil/PhD, which will last another three years.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 6-10.

Course leaders Dr Helen Fisher

Course contact for further information SGDP Programmes' Administrator, Ellie Anderson. t: +44 (0)20 7848 0819

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department MRC Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre


Entry requirements & how to apply

Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in behavioural, biological or mathematical sciences; or a relevant qualification in medicine; or a relevant professional qualification. A 2:2 degree will be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit in a related subject

Application procedure

On the online application form, please select "Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry MSc (Full-time)" from the programme list. You are not required to fill in the Research Proposal box at this time. You MUST include the following in your application:

  1. Why you want to take the four-year interdisciplinary course at the SGDP

  2. Your research interests

  3. Whether you are eligible for a Research Council studentship. Please clearly state your eligibility*. More information about MRC studentships is here. MRC Studentships and the eligibility requirements are here. * International students can only be considered if they are able to obtain their own funding or meet the shortfall between the home fee and international fee. Please state this in your application.
  4. Confirm that your two academic referees are aware that you are applying for a four-year interdisciplinary course which includes a taught MSc component in the first year. For those who are not eligible for an RC studentship, we will consider applications only if you are able to obtain funding in the form of fellowships or sponsorship from other funding bodies.

Personal statement and supporting information

In the personal statement, please indicate why you have chosen to study this programme and particularly why you have chosen the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre. You can use the 'supporting information' section to answer the questions above which MUST be addressed in your application.

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 and up to 01 July 2016 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


Designed as the first year of a four-year programme leading to a PhD, the programme provides research training at the interface between social, genetic and developmental psychiatry and promotes an ethos of interdisciplinary and collaborative research. Training is tailored to your needs and designed to facilitate your individual learning objectives in relation to statistics and the core research areas. You will have tutorials from leading experts in the six key areas: quantitative genetics, molecular genetics and epigenetics, developmental psychology, social psychology, psychopathology and statistical genetics.

Course purpose

To develop knowledge and skills in interdisciplinary research methods by investigating the effects and interplay of genes, development and the environment in complex psychiatric phenomena. To develop an awareness of the practical and ethical issues related to research, and the transferable skills and knowledge needed for a career in academia or industry. To use the MSc to prepare for a PhD in the discipline.

Further literature

SGDP MSc Handbook (Please contact the Programme Administrator)For information on open events visit

Course format and assessment

Tutorials; essay writing; statistics assignment; research dissertation; oral presentation. Half of the time is spent on research in collaboration with supervisor.



Career prospects

Students are aiming for a PhD programme in Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry. This unique programme provides graduates of the 1+3 programme with training for a career in academia specialising in research into the social, genetic and developmental aspects of psychiatric illness and careers in industry.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£24,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU


Part time tuition Fees - Overseas


*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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

Most of our UK Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry 1+3 students are funded at the Research Council (RC) Studentship rate. Studentships for the programme are advertised here. The advert will specify the deadline for applications.

For those who are not eligible for a Research Council Studentship, we will consider applications only if you are able to obtain funding in the form of fellowships or sponsorship from other funding bodies.

Applicants not applying for an advertised studentship must attach the following to their application:

Confirmation of sponsorship funding for the full four years' duration of the programme*
Confirmation of support from their proposed supervisor

*As an example of the amount of funding required: UK Research Council funded students receive a studentship which includes a tax-free stipend (currently £15,863 per annum) for living expenses, payment of Home/EU fees and a Research Training Support Grant of approximately £1,300 per annum to meet the costs of conferences, associated travel and consumables required for their research. Please note that if the proposed research project includes laboratory work, the research support costs are likely to be higher. Applicants are advised to check the potential costs with their supervisor before applying for funding from a sponsor. 


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