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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.
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.
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 Geoff Bird; Ellie Anderson, SGDP Programmes' Administrator,
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact email Enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
Department MRC Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre
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
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:
Why you want to take the four-year interdisciplinary course at the SGDP
Your research interests
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.
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.
The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
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.
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.
Tutorials; essay writing; statistics assignment; research dissertation; oral presentation. Half of the time is spent on research in collaboration with supervisor.
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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£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
£24,750 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.
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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