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MSc Mental Health Studies

Staff Profiles
  • Dr Eugenia Kravariti, Programme Leader.
  • Kouyu, Programme Coordinator.
  • Darren Chatfield, Programme Administrator.
Recent Awards


Livia Bridge, Anna Cartwright and Joan Bowen were awarded the Nick Bouras, Jim Watson and Bill Mitchell prizes respectively for academic excellence from the 2015/6 cohort.


Dr Derek Tracy and Dr James Rubin were both awarded prizes for teaching excellence in 2015.

Dr Katerina Koutsantoni was awarded the 2015 King's Award in the 'Outstanding Contribution to Professional Services' category.

Partnership Information

Voluntary Clinical Placements module

Opportunities for clinical placements within the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust are available through the Mental Health Studies Programme. All placements are different and finding placements can be a complicated process, but we are here to help! Previous placements have included work with people suffering from schizophrenia, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and also opportunities to volunteer in IAPT services.

Feedback has been very positive from students and clinicians involved previously, so you are encouraged to become actively involved in the scheme this year. Placements do not count towards any assessment in your Master's course.

What must I do to get a placement?

Obtain DBS and OH clearance

During the Admissions process, you will receive an Occupational Health form for completion and you will receive information about how to go about obtaining and Disclosure and Barring Service clearance. It is important to return all forms as soon as possible as both OH checks and DBS checks are compulsory for placements. The more you can chase up these clearances the faster you will get them. 

Attend the Clinical Placement Briefing

Once your Dissertation Research Project has been organised you will be invited to attend a Clinical Placement Briefing at which the process will be explained.

You may be able to find a placement without our assistance using your own contacts. If you do this please let us know for our records.

What are the placements usually like?

Placements usually commence before the start of the second term (January) and last for 3-6 months. You will be invited to select a suitable placement using our Placement Portal, to which you will be introduced during the Clinical Placement Briefing. The placement may then wish to interview you. All placements are voluntary without reimbursement. The amount of supervision offered is usually determined by those offering the placement. The course cannot offer individual clinical supervision.

How likely is it I will get a placement?

The Mental Health Studies Programme only acts as a facilitator for placements and we cannot guarantee anyone a placement, although we will do our best to help you find one. The scheme is relatively new and is expanding to cater for as many students as possible. The more flexible you are about what placement you do, where and when, the more likely it is you will get one.

Who do I speak to about this?

The scheme is coordinated by Dr Stefania Tognin and Dr Antonella Trotta.



Mental Health Studies Programme
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
Addictions Sciences Building (ASB)
Room B3.05 (3rd floor)
4 Windsor Walk Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AFUK

Tel: 020 7848 0193
Fax: 020 7848 0126 

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