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Flagship MSc Psychiatric Research re-launched for 2014-15

Following two years of redevelopment, the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London is re-launching its flagship MSc Psychiatric Research for the academic year 2014-15 with a new structure and new modules. 

The MSc Psychiatric Research is the most comprehensive MSc course in psychiatric research methods, ethics and statistics worldwide. It is one of only 2 MScs in Psychiatric Research in the UK, and the only such programme to provide both full-time and part-time study options.

The MSc Psychiatric Research provides in-depth training in the conduct of psychiatric research from inception to completion to critical appraisal and to application. It provides an unparalleled route to a PhD within the mental health disciplines, as well as opportunities for clinical placements in the NHS for those interested in applying for a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. 

Dr Eugenia Kravariti, Programme Director for the MSc Psychiatric Research at the IoP at King’s, says: “We have substantially updated our world-class programme to ensure that the course not only reflects the latest developments in psychiatric research, but also provides strong student support.”

Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Dean for Education at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s commented: “Mental health research is at the forefront of policy developments and effective clinical practice. Our MSc Psychiatric Research is uniquely placed for fostering the development of the next generation of pioneers in psychiatric research and clinical practice.”

The redevelopment of the course involved extensive consultation with students, academics and employers, as well as extensive restructuring and updating of the academic programme itself. The new features of the course include: 

  • Comprehensive training in the ethical and scientific principles common to all mental health disciplines, together with skills in statistics and epidemiology, offered as part of the core module ‘Research Methods, Ethics and Statistics in Mental Health’.
  • New modules reflecting the latest developments in psychiatric research, including ‘Clinical Trials in Psychiatry’, ‘Translational Research in Psychiatry’, ‘Psychopharmacology’, ‘Advanced Statistics’ and ‘Designing, Funding and Publishing a Study’, and updates to popular modules including ‘Brain-Behaviour Interface’, ‘Psychiatric Genetics’ and ‘Neuroimaging’. 
  • Individually-tailored programme based on the student’s own interests and a balanced approach to the development of theoretical and practical research skills.  
  • New approaches to student academic support, including the electronic ‘Question and Answer Helpdesk’, the small group tutorial scheme and the programme’s participation in the ‘effective assessment and feedback’ scheme. 

For further information about the course please visit the prospectus or contact Dr Eugenia Kravariti or (+44) 020 7848 0331