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Psychiatric Research MSc

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The MSc in Psychiatric Research provides in-depth training in how to perform and evaluate research across the psychiatric disorders. Emphasis is placed on building excellent academic skills, independent thinking and an evidence-based scientific approach to mental health research. During the MSc, students develop a deep understanding of what is currently known about psychiatric disorders and their treatment and how well performed research can enhance knowledge and ultimately improve clinical outcomes.

Key benefits

  • In-depth, practical and theoretical knowledge on performing, interpreting and applying psychiatric research in mental health.
  • Development of statistical, critical, creative and academic writing skills.
  • Taught by academics who perform world- leading psychiatric research.
  • Optional voluntary clinical placement scheme

Research into mental health disorders combines expertise from a vast number of areas, so students join us from psychology, neuroscience, pharmacology, medicine and more. At King’s College London, our experts will give you a unique insight into the complex world of mental health. Many of the teaching team are active researchers uncovering the causes of disorders and finding treatments, others work in clinical settings with patients. At the same time, you’ll have the chance to apply your skills in the real world. Partnering with South London and the Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust, we’re able to organise a range of placements. The Trust is the largest in the UK and provides a full range of mental health services for people of all ages. You’ll also join an IoPPN team to carry out your own original research project. This gives you the chance to put your statistical skills into action and delve into an area that interests you. You can find a list of publications from previous students’ work on our department webpage. “The programme is hosted by the Department of Psychosis Studies so many module leaders are working within the area of schizophrenia. But members of the team also focus on biological causes of illness, treatment for disorders and prevention in young people” Dr Alice Egerton, Course Leader

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, the clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Format

Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health

Lectures (66 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (66 hours) | Self-Study time (468 hours)

Biological Psychiatry

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (20 hours) | Self-Study time (240 hours)

Therapeutic Research in Psychiatry

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (20 hours) | Self-Study time (240 hours)

Research Dissertation

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (10 hours) | Self-Study time (590 hours)

Clinical Placement in Psychiatric Research

Variable hours

Contact time is based on 28 academic weeks. Full-time students (completing the course in one year) receive lectures two days per week for 23 weeks. The remainder of the time is spent on self-study, course-work, the dissertation project, and optional clinical placement.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

 

Teaching

To help you get the most out of this course, we make your learning interactive. Not only will you join us at lectures, you’ll explore ideas and discuss research at seminars, tutorials and computer lab sessions too.

Our small class sizes might seem intimidating at first. But with a friendly community around you, you’ll quickly realise that everyone is open to hearing different opinions and learning from others' experiences.

We’re confident this style of teaching works because our students consistently rate the course highly.

Assessment

    The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations and coursework. The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take:

    Full time Year 1 – Required Modules

    Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health (60 credits)
    Biological Psychiatry (30 credits)
    Therapeutic Research in Psychiatry (30 credits)
    Research Dissertation (60 credits)*

    Part-Time Year 1 – Required Modules

    Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health (60 credits)
    Biological Psychiatry (30 credits)
    Research Dissertation (60 credits)*

    Part Time Year 2 – Required Modules

    Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health (60 credits)
    Therapeutic Research in Psychiatry (30 credits)
    Research Dissertation (60 credits)*

    *For part-time students these modules are spread over a two year period. Optional Modules

    Optional modules

    In addition, you have a range of optional modules with no credit rating that may typically include:

    Clinical Placements in Psychiatric Research (O Credits)
    Big Data in Mental Health Research (0 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Some graduates work in clinical care or secure psychologist posts, while others work in academic research. In fact, a number of current IoPPN staff and PhD students are graduates from this MSc.  

    Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from King’s graduates and PhD students to find out what career path they decided to take and what their day-to-day responsibilities involve.  

    Whatever you decide to do next, we’re here to give you the support you need – whether that’s help writing your CV or guidance completing a PhD/DClinPsy applications.

    Career destinations

    • MRC-funded PhD studentship at King’s College London

    • ESRC-funded PhD studentship at King’s College London

    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology student

    • Research worker position at King’s College London

    • Research worker position at University College London

    • Assistant psychologist within South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: MSc £14,070 per year (2022/23); PG Cert £2,345 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: MSc £7,035 per year (2022/23); PG Cert £2,345 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: MSc £32,940 per year (2022/23); PG Cert £5,490 (2022/23)

    Part time: MSc £16,470 per year (2022/23); PG Cert £5,490 (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    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 UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • Library fees and fines
    • Personal photocopies
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees
    • Stationery
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    Research into mental health disorders combines expertise from a vast number of areas, so students join us from psychology, neuroscience, pharmacology, medicine and more. At King’s College London, our experts will give you a unique insight into the complex world of mental health. Many of the teaching team are active researchers uncovering the causes of disorders and finding treatments, others work in clinical settings with patients. At the same time, you’ll have the chance to apply your skills in the real world. Partnering with South London and the Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust, we’re able to organise a range of placements. The Trust is the largest in the UK and provides a full range of mental health services for people of all ages. You’ll also join an IoPPN team to carry out your own original research project. This gives you the chance to put your statistical skills into action and delve into an area that interests you. You can find a list of publications from previous students’ work on our department webpage. “The programme is hosted by the Department of Psychosis Studies so many module leaders are working within the area of schizophrenia. But members of the team also focus on biological causes of illness, treatment for disorders and prevention in young people” Dr Alice Egerton, Course Leader

    Base campus

    NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
    Denmark Hill Campus

    Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, the clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

    Format

    Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health

    Lectures (66 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (66 hours) | Self-Study time (468 hours)

    Biological Psychiatry

    Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (20 hours) | Self-Study time (240 hours)

    Therapeutic Research in Psychiatry

    Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (20 hours) | Self-Study time (240 hours)

    Research Dissertation

    Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (10 hours) | Self-Study time (590 hours)

    Clinical Placement in Psychiatric Research

    Variable hours

    Contact time is based on 28 academic weeks. Full-time students (completing the course in one year) receive lectures two days per week for 23 weeks. The remainder of the time is spent on self-study, course-work, the dissertation project, and optional clinical placement.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

     

    Teaching

    To help you get the most out of this course, we make your learning interactive. Not only will you join us at lectures, you’ll explore ideas and discuss research at seminars, tutorials and computer lab sessions too.

    Our small class sizes might seem intimidating at first. But with a friendly community around you, you’ll quickly realise that everyone is open to hearing different opinions and learning from others' experiences.

    We’re confident this style of teaching works because our students consistently rate the course highly.

    Assessment

      The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations and coursework. The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take:

      Full time Year 1 – Required Modules

      Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health (60 credits)
      Biological Psychiatry (30 credits)
      Therapeutic Research in Psychiatry (30 credits)
      Research Dissertation (60 credits)*

      Part-Time Year 1 – Required Modules

      Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health (60 credits)
      Biological Psychiatry (30 credits)
      Research Dissertation (60 credits)*

      Part Time Year 2 – Required Modules

      Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health (60 credits)
      Therapeutic Research in Psychiatry (30 credits)
      Research Dissertation (60 credits)*

      *For part-time students these modules are spread over a two year period. Optional Modules

      Optional modules

      In addition, you have a range of optional modules with no credit rating that may typically include:

      Clinical Placements in Psychiatric Research (O Credits)
      Big Data in Mental Health Research (0 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Some graduates work in clinical care or secure psychologist posts, while others work in academic research. In fact, a number of current IoPPN staff and PhD students are graduates from this MSc.  

      Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from King’s graduates and PhD students to find out what career path they decided to take and what their day-to-day responsibilities involve.  

      Whatever you decide to do next, we’re here to give you the support you need – whether that’s help writing your CV or guidance completing a PhD/DClinPsy applications.

      Career destinations

      • MRC-funded PhD studentship at King’s College London

      • ESRC-funded PhD studentship at King’s College London

      • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology student

      • Research worker position at King’s College London

      • Research worker position at University College London

      • Assistant psychologist within South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: MSc £14,070 per year (2022/23); PG Cert £2,345 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: MSc £7,035 per year (2022/23); PG Cert £2,345 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: MSc £32,940 per year (2022/23); PG Cert £5,490 (2022/23)

      Part time: MSc £16,470 per year (2022/23); PG Cert £5,490 (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      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 UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • Library fees and fines
      • Personal photocopies
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees
      • Stationery
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • Graduation costs

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