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Psychology and Neuroscience of Mind-Body Interface MSc

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Evidence from clinical practice, as well as research, has revealed patients with mental health disorders often also experience physical symptoms. Stress can trigger or exacerbate mental and physical disorders, leading to depression, as well as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Equally physical symptoms and diseases can affect a person's psychological state. Patients with recurring or chronic physical symptoms are more vulnerable to develop mental health pathologies, such as depression or anxiety. Therefore, understanding how the mind and body communicate have become fundamental questions both within the scientific community, as well as among clinicians. Join us to unravel how the mind and body interact in powerful ways that affect our health. King's has been at the forefront of Mind-Body Interface research for years, and it is now offering this comprehensive programme that integrates theoretical and practical knowledge on both the psychology and neuroscience underlying brain/mind processes, and their connection with physical symptoms. The course offers clinical and research placements to provide you with practical experience to enhance your current career or to prepare you for clinical roles, academia, or industry.

Key benefits

  • This course is the first of its kind and will place you at the forefront of this cutting-edge area of research which is unlocking fundamental questions around the link between mind and body - and what this means for how we treat patients.
  • Enhance your clinical experience through placements at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM)- the largest mental health Trust in the UK, and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
  • You’ll have a wide range of research dissertation opportunities across research laboratories at the IoPPN, including within the departments of Psychological Medicine, Psychosis, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, and Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry supervised by leading researchers and clinicians at the IoPPN.
  • Become part of the community at the IoPPN, a faculty ranked 2nd in the world for psychology and psychiatry (US News, Best Global Universities), and home to one of the world's largest centres for neuroscience research.
  • Based on the same site as the Maudsley Hospital and with access to state-of-the-art equipment at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences; MRC Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre; Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre; NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.
  • Prepare for a wide range of opportunities, from further study, research, and clinical practice to roles in scientific publishing or pharmaceutical organisations.
Dr Alessandra Borsini

Overall this course will give you the opportunity to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the complexity of Mind-Body Interface, and ultimately to contribute to improving lives of patients suffering from mental health disorders with comorbid physical symptoms

Dr Alessandra Borsini, Course Leader

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Employability

If you're joining us from a clinical background, you’ll graduate with additional clinical expertise, as well as a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying clinical symptoms. If you have a biological background, you’ll boost your core science knowledge while exploring symptoms and treatment approaches.

You’ll have the chance to complete clinical placements across a variety of clinics within SLaM and KCH NHS Foundation Trust and research placements within laboratories across the whole IoPPN.

Interested in scientific writing? The editorial team of the Inspire The Mind magazine, based at the IoPPN, also offer placements. Led by a team of media-experienced clinicians, researchers and psychiatrists, the magazine focuses on the intersection between mental and physical health, science and society.

After you finish the course, you will be able to:

  • Apply your skills in your career as a clinician
  • Continue to further full-time study in an academic research environment (i.e., PhD)
  • Apply to a taught clinical course (i.e., Doctorate in Clinical Psychology)
  • Find a role within a clinical or pharmaceutical organisation
  • Work within a research funding body
  • Enter scientific publishing

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Employability

If you're joining us from a clinical background, you’ll graduate with additional clinical expertise, as well as a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying clinical symptoms. If you have a biological background, you’ll boost your core science knowledge while exploring symptoms and treatment approaches.

You’ll have the chance to complete clinical placements across a variety of clinics within SLaM and KCH NHS Foundation Trust and research placements within laboratories across the whole IoPPN.

Interested in scientific writing? The editorial team of the Inspire The Mind magazine, based at the IoPPN, also offer placements. Led by a team of media-experienced clinicians, researchers and psychiatrists, the magazine focuses on the intersection between mental and physical health, science and society.

After you finish the course, you will be able to:

  • Apply your skills in your career as a clinician
  • Continue to further full-time study in an academic research environment (i.e., PhD)
  • Apply to a taught clinical course (i.e., Doctorate in Clinical Psychology)
  • Find a role within a clinical or pharmaceutical organisation
  • Work within a research funding body
  • Enter scientific publishing

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Contact us

If you would like to ask for more details about the course please do get in touch with the Course Leader Dr Alessandra Borsini

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