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Psychiatric Research MSc

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We are proud to have been awarded an IoPPN Excellence Award in 2018 for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Education Survey (PTES).

Learn how research has developed our understanding of mental health. Then explore how these discoveries can be used to help prevent, diagnose or develop new treatments.  

Whether you’ve recently finished your undergraduate degree or already have a few years of experience, we’ll help you explore a range of methodologies including clinical trials, neuroimaging and genetics. 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.


Key benefits 

  • Join a course with a 100% overall student satisfaction (postgraduate experience taught survey 2017) 

  • Learn from our vast expertise and experience with small class sizes 
  • Complete a clinical placement working with young people, inpatients, people with personality disorders or other groups affected by mental health issues 

  • Develop research skills, apply them to your dissertation and join one of the IoPPN research teams 

  • Study surrounded by the expertise and facilities of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, MRC Social & Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre, and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre

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.  

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT & Two years PT

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 30 FT expected.

Course leaders

Dr Alice Egerton

Email: alice.egerton@kcl.ac.uk or psyres@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

Programme Administrator - +44 (0)20 7848 0497 E - psyres@kcl.ac.uk 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychosis Studies

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Course detail

Description

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

 

Course format and assessment

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)

Prediction Modelling  

Lectures (18 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (0 hours) | Self-Study time (15 hours)

Horizons in Psychiatric Research 

Lectures (18 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (0 hours) | Self-Study time (15 hours)

Clinical Placement 

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. The remainder of the time is spent on self-study, course-work, the dissertation project, clinical and research placements.

Assessment 

You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by:

MSc | Examination (40%) | Coursework (60%)  

PG Cert | Examination (75%) | Coursework (25%)  

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Extra information

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Other related courses:

Mental Health Studies 

Early Intervention in Psychosis 

Organsational Psychiatry & Psychology 

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

You are required to take:

 

Required modules: PGCert Psychiatric Research
Students on the PGCert Psychiatric Research are required to take: (60 credits) 

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Psychiatric Research
Minimum UK requirements 2:1 Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology, neuroscience, pharmacology, social science or health science); or a registrable qualification appropriate to the programme in medicine; or a professional mental health qualification. A 2:2 degree will be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit in a related subject.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Selection is made on the basis of application and references. Potential students are welcome to visit the department: please arrange a suitable time in advance.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Psychiatric Research checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Please detail your reasons for applying for the programme and your future goals. 
Research Proposal No A Research Proposal is not required as part of the application.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Yes Please also include a CV with details of your clinical experience.

 

NON ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

A Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a criminal records bureau check) may be required during your programme, depending on project work. 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £12,750 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £29,850 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £6,375 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £14,925 per year (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within 2 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/expenses

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

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • 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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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

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