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Our MSc in War & Psychiatry will introduce you to ways of understanding how individuals, both members of the armed forces and civilians, prepare for and cope with psychological trauma. It is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to explore the field of human conflict. Drawing on multidisciplinary expertise, you will have the opportunity to compare the experiences of different nations to explore both theoretical and practical aspects of the subject. The course is ideal for careers in military psychiatry and related NGOs, emergency and antiterrorist services. 

Key benefits

  • You will gain an understanding of how people prepare themselves for war, cope during conflict and adjust to peacetime life.
  • You will be taught by internationally recognised researchers and clinicians.
  • You will learn not only about the psychological effects on soldiers fighting on the front line but also how civilians cope when subjected to the trauma of war or acts of terrorism.
  • You will examine the psychology of conflict through different cultures.
  • You will develop knowledge and skills not necessarily provided by clinical training.

Description

This course will give you a critical understanding of the complex methodological, ethical, historical, medical, cultural and empirical aspects of military psychiatry. You will also develop an ability to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the history, development and practice of military psychiatry.

  • Our course will enable you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding and skills in the following areas:
  • The nature, significance and complexities of the history, development and practice of military psychiatry.
  • Systematic and reflexive investigation of the literature and the conceptual, therapeutic, operational, historical and ethical issues surrounding the relationship between war and psychiatry.
  • Advanced understanding of a comprehensive range of concepts, theories and methods relevant to military psychiatry.
  • The course, which can be taken either in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time), places military psychiatry in its appropriate cultural, historical and social context and leads to an internationally recognised qualification.

The course, which can be taken either in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time), places military psychiatry in its appropriate cultural, historical and social context and leads to an internationally recognised qualification.

Course format and assessment

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

Students are assessed on their coursework. Coursework can include written assignments such as essays and portfolios. Some optional modules offered by the Department of War Studies may include an examination.

Examination (0%) | Coursework (100%) | Practical (0%) 

Extra information

Regulating body

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

Career prospects

Much of the course content is of a practical nature designed to inform the assessment and treatment of psychological casualties. In addition, our course has invited speakers from the armed forces, military charities and the emergency services. Presentations are given by the IoPPN’s Careers Consultant and individual meetings with students can be arranged to explore job opportunities.

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Geared both to philosophy graduates, as a pathway into research in Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry, and medical (and other) graduates, to introduce them to key concepts, arguments, texts and techniques in the Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry. Read more

Geared both to philosophy graduates, as a pathway into research in Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry, and medical (and other) graduates, to introduce them to key concepts, arguments, texts and techniques in the Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry.

The course provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry. They will also have the opportunity to study other areas of Philosophy, selected from a broad range of modules, covering all areas of the subject. 

Key benefits

  • Offers a pathway into the Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry, particularly well suited to students whose undergraduate background is in medicine.
  • Offers a wide selection of optional topics, both current and historical, covering the entire philosophical spectrum from aesthetics to logic and everything in between.
  • Located in the heart of London. 

Description

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry. They will also have the opportunity to study other areas of Philosophy, selected from a broad range of modules, covering all areas of the subject. If you are converting from other subjects at undergraduate level, you will be strongly encouraged to take our 'General Philosophy' module as one of your options which will introduce you to key theories and arguments, concepts and terminology, and classic texts from right across the philosophical spectrum. Whether you are a philosophy graduate or studying the subject with us for the first time, our course will provide a firm foundation for subsequent doctoral research. 

Over the course you will be required to study modules on the Philosophy of Medicine and The Concept of Mental Disorder, each worth 20 credits.

You will also write a dissertation of around 10,000 - 12,000 words, on a topic in the philosophy of medicine, worth 60 credits.

Aside from this you are free to choose around four modules from the Department of Philosophy's master's courses. One of these modules can be chosen from outside the department with permission. 

Course purpose

The programme is geared equally to students who already have some training in Philosophy, Medicine, or Psychiatry and to those who wish to convert into the field of Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry after pursuing another subject at undergraduate level (which may be, but need not be, Medicine). It will enable the former students to consolidate their existing knowledge and to augment it with a close focus on issues in the Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry. The latter students will normally be expected (though not strictly required) to take a special ‘General Philosophy’ module, which will introduce them to key theories and arguments, concepts and terminology, and classic texts from right across the philosophical spectrum. For students of both kinds, the programme will provide a firm foundation for subsequent doctoral research.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We will teach you through lectures and seminars. Typically, each optional module will take 2-4hours a week.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of examination and coursework, as well as a dissertation.

Career prospects

Our graduates usually continue to further research, but many have also entered into the fields of teaching, management and the financial or the public sectors.

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Our Genes, Environment & Development in Psychology & Psychiatry MSc course provides interdisciplinary training in a range of behavioural genetics topics and research methods relevant to psychology and psychiatry. You will study three required modules and undertake a research project on one of the broad range of subject areas that are considered fundamental to an understanding of behavioural genetics.

Key benefits

  • Offers specialised interdisciplinary graduate training in several subject areas and research methods.
  • Taught by the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre, a department recognised as a world-leader in the field of interdisciplinary studies in psychology, psychiatry and behaviour.
  • Opportunity to attend the weekly SGDP Centre research seminars led by renowned researchers, such as Professor Francesca Happé, Professor Robert Plomin, Professor Terrie Moffitt and Professor Sir Michael Rutter.
  • Extensive collaborations within King’s as well as with other universities.
  • Study with students from from diverse and rich backgrounds.
  • Access to large sets of data for populations who have been studied and followed up over many years.
  • Located in a beautiful modern building designed to foster interaction.
  • Our state-of-the-art molecular genetics laboratory provides a complete suite of resources for research.

Description

The MSc Genes, Environment & Development in Psychology and Psychiatry (GED PP) programme takes a highly interdisciplinary approach to the study of how genetics and the environment ('nature and nurture') combine during human development to produce behaviour, diseases and psychiatric disorders. Students are taught by world leading experts and receive training across multiple research fields: molecular & behavioural genetics, twin modelling, statistical genetics, epigenetics, bioinformatics, social and cognitive psychology and developmental psychiatry. Topics are taught from an introductory to advance level through both theoretical and hands-on practical sessions (wet and computer labs), followed by a supervised research project in an area of the student's interest. Students come from a range of academic backgrounds (e.g. genetics, psychology, maths, computing, medicine) and on completion of the course will be exceptionally well equipped to pursue a PhD or work for a pharmaceutical or healthcare organisation. More than half of the students secure PhD studentships while completing the MSc

In addition to disorder characterisation and presentation of the genetic, social and otherenvironmental risk factors, our course also covers the molecular mechanisms and the specialised analysis methods relevant to interdisciplinary research in this field. By focusing on current research in this area, our course will enhance your understanding of research methods and enable you to critically appraise the relevant scientific literature.

Course format and assessment

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

Year 1

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Examination (15%) | Coursework (70%) | Practical (15%)

Extra information

Regulating body

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

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to further full-time study in an academic research environment or in a taught clinical programme, gain employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation. Some students may enter scientific publishing.

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Psychiatry is a fascinating and important area of medicine. Read more
Psychiatry is a fascinating and important area of medicine.  Due to the nature of psychiatric illness (which may often be present/co-morbid with other conditions and/or affect the way people behave in a variety of situations), improved knowledge of Psychiatry would benefit professionals working in fields supplementary to Psychiatry and/or likely to come into contact with psychiatric illness on a regular basis.  The programme will be of benefit to such professionals and also to medical doctors training to be Psychiatrists or Psychiatric Specialists. 

The programme aims to provide students with:

• An in-depth knowledge of the basic science, characteristics and presentation of psychiatric illness. 
• An understanding of how psychiatric illness is managed and the appropriateness of specific management plans. 
• The ability to critically appraise, synthesise and evaluate research relating to psychiatric illness. 
• A developing critical independence and intellectual integrity with specific reference to Psychiatry. 

Structure

The course can be completed in one year with full-time distance learning or in three years by part-time distance learning.

During the course you will take Modules to the value of 180 credits.

The classification of your degree is based on the grades you achieve in the Modules that you take but the weighting of the modules with regard to your final classification is 50% for the six taught modules combined and 50% for the dissertation module.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/psychiatry

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/psychiatry-e-learning

Career Prospects

Both medically qualified and non-medically qualified students enhance their professional standing and employment prospects by gaining a university qualification. It is expected that medically qualified students will continue to work in their local health services while taking any opportunity to carryout research.

All graduates will be well placed to carryout research or undertake further research training.

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The Department of Psychiatry is an internationally leading centre for research and teaching in psychiatry, with particular focus on the determinants of mental health conditions, their treatments and the promotion of mental health through innovative translational research. Read more
The Department of Psychiatry is an internationally leading centre for research and teaching in psychiatry, with particular focus on the determinants of mental health conditions, their treatments and the promotion of mental health through innovative translational research. The Department’s senior staff support several research groups, covering various aspects of mental health and disorder throughout the life course.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/cvpcmpmsc

Course detail

The MPhil degree offered by the Department of Psychiatry is a 12 month full time programme and involves minimal formal teaching; students are integrated into the research culture of the Department and the Institute in which they are based.

Each student conducts their MPhil project under the direction of their Principal Supervisor, with additional teaching and guidance provided by an Advisor, to increase access to staff members and accommodate a diversity of viewpoints.

The subject of the research project is determined during the application process and is influenced by the research interests of the student’s supervisor, i.e. students should apply to study with a group leader whose area of research most appeals to them.

To broaden their knowledge of their chosen field, students are strongly encouraged to attend relevant seminars, lectures and training courses. We also require our students to attend their research group’s research-in-progress/laboratory meetings, at which they are expected to regularly present their ongoing work.

Format

The MPhil course is a full time research course. The supervisor and details of the proposed research project are determined during the application process.

Most research training is provided within the structure of the student’s research group and is overseen by their Principal Supervisor. The student should expect to receive one to one supervision at least weekly in term time.

The structure of the MPhil course enables the students to significantly develop their analytical and research skills, and is intended as preparation for further research.

The MPhil programme provides:

- a period of sustained in-depth study of a specific topic;
- an environment that encourages the student’s originality and creativity in their research;
- skills to enable the student to critically examine the background literature relevant to their specific research area;
the opportunity to develop skills in making and testing hypotheses, in developing new theories, and in planning and conducting experiments;
- the opportunity to expand the student’s knowledge of their research area, including its theoretical foundations and the specific techniques used to study it;
- the opportunity to gain knowledge of the broader field of research in psychiatry;
- an environment in which to develop skills in written work, oral presentation and publishing the results of their research in high-profile scientific journals, through constructive feedback of written work and oral presentations.

At the end of the course, examination for the MPhil degree involves submission of a written dissertation, followed by an oral examination based on both the dissertation and a broader knowledge of the chosen area of research.

Continuing

The MPhil in Medical Science (Psychiatry) degree is a one-year degree, i.e. it is not intended to be a probationary year for a three-year PhD degree.

However, it is possible to continue from the MPhil to the PhD in Psychiatry course via the following options:

1. Complete the MPhil then continue to the three year PhD course:

If the student would like to continue with their research and has secured funding for a further THREE years, after completion of their MPhil they may apply to be admitted to the PhD course as a continuing student. The student would be formally examined for the MPhil and if successful, they would then continue onto the three year PhD course as a probationary PhD student, i.e. the MPhil is not counted as the first year of the PhD degree; or

2. Transfer from the MPhil to the PhD course:

If the student has time and funding for only TWO more years, they can apply for permission to change their registration from the MPhil to probationary PhD; note, transfer must be approved before completion of the MPhil.

If granted permission to change registration, the student will undergo a formal probationary PhD assessment (submission of a written report and an oral examination) towards the end of their first year and if successful, will then be registered for the PhD, i.e. the first year would count as the first year of the PhD degree.

Please note that continuation from the MPhil to the PhD, or changing registration is not automatic; all cases are judged on their own merits based on a number of factors including: evidence of progress and research potential; a sound research proposal; the availability of a suitable supervisor and of resources required for the research; acceptance by the Head of Department and Degree Committee.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

Pinsent Darwin Fund (managed by the Graduate School of Life Sciences)

Sims Fund (administered by Fees & Graduate Funding, Student Registry)

Other funding opportunities (e.g. through research grants) might become available depending on funds

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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The MSc Psychiatry course is run in collaboration with Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The first year of this course follows the Royal College of Psychiatrists core knowledge curriculum, with an opportunity to exit with a PGcert. Read more

The MSc Psychiatry course is run in collaboration with Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

The first year of this course follows the Royal College of Psychiatrists core knowledge curriculum, with an opportunity to exit with a PGcert. The second year incorporates development of wider clinical professional skills in leadership and teaching. The third year provides a structured research opportunity within the mental health field, working towards completion of a dissertation. 

Key areas of study

  • Core principles of psychiatry
  • Psychopathology
  • Behavioural science
  • Psychotherapy
  • Biological sciences in psychiatry
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care

Course structure

PGCert

  • Principles of Psychiatry (20 credits)
  • Behavioural science and psychotherapy (20 credits)
  • Biological Sciences in Psychiatry (20 credits)

PGDip

MSc

Career opportunities

The first year prepares students for Paper A of the Royal College of Psychiatrists membership examination.

A higher academic qualification enhances evidence of experience for competitive interviews and offers entry to an academic career. 



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This multidisciplinary Masters course in Biological Psychiatry explores the relationship between basic principles, biological factors and clinical features in mental health disorders, allowing students to translate scientific understanding into effective clinical practice. Read more
This multidisciplinary Masters course in Biological Psychiatry explores the relationship between basic principles, biological factors and clinical features in mental health disorders, allowing students to translate scientific understanding into effective clinical practice. It is aimed primarily at graduates with a background in psychiatry (or related health care disciplines), psychology, biological or social sciences, who wish to develop their research skills and broaden their research interests. The course will aid in equipping participants with the skills to progress into a career in psychiatry and psychiatric research or to embark on a doctoral programme.

The following six modules (10 ECTS each) are mandatory, and make up the taught component of the course (60 ECTS): Statistics and Research Methodology; Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Genomics; Neuroimaging and Biomarkers; Molecular Neuroscience; Neuropsychiatric Genetics; Molecular Psychiatry. In addition, in their second year students will be required to submit a dissertation (30 ECTS) based on an empirical research project conducted in one of the many research groups located within the Dept of Psychiatry.

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Our Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology course is unique in the UK and Europe. It draws on contemporary psychological, psychiatric and organisational theory to examine the causes, effects and consequences of mental ill health in the workplace and considers strategies and interventions to improve organisational and individual mental health. It leads to careers in HR, wellbeing, inclusion and diversity, health and safety and consultancy.

Key benefits

  • Only course of its kind to be offered in the UK.
  • Focus is on mental health in the workplace.
  • Combines psychological, psychiatric and organisational perspectives. 

Description

Our Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology course is one of the first of its kind in the UK and Europe and is designed for people who wish to gain up-to-date knowledge and understanding of psychology and psychiatry as applied to the workplace. Students include HR managers, organisational consultants, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, occupational health professionals and psychology graduates wishing to enter these occupations.

Our course has achieved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) approval from the British Psychological Society (BPS). It has also achieved accreditation from the Association for Business Psychology (ABP). It draws on psychological, psychiatric and organisational theory and evidence to examine the causes, effects and consequences of mental ill health in the workplace.

Course format and assessment

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

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

Year 1 | Examination (30%) | Coursework (50%) | Practical (20%) 

Year 2 |Examination (30%) | Coursework (50%) | Practical (20%) 

Extra information

Regulating body

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

Career prospects

Our graduates pursue various careers in the management of mental health policy and services in the workplace, either within HR departments or as organisational consultants offering a range of services from policy development to intervention delivery.

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Research profile. Our Division of Psychiatry is internationally recognised as a world-class clinical research and teaching centre. Read more

Research profile

Our Division of Psychiatry is internationally recognised as a world-class clinical research and teaching centre.

We focus on the mechanisms underlying the development of major psychiatric disorders, including autism, bipolar disorder, depression, dementia and schizophrenia.

Expertise and studies

We have a particular expertise in longitudinal, clinical and biological studies of large cohorts of people at high risk of psychotic disorders drawn from across Scotland. Our studies include:

  • the Edinburgh High Risk Study, which examines 200 young people at high genetic risk of schizophrenia over a period of ten years
  • the Edinburgh Study of Co-Morbidity, which examines teenagers at high cognitive risk for schizophrenia
  • the Bipolar Family Study, which examines over 200 young people at familial risk of bipolar disorder and controls

In psychiatric genetics, we take part in international genome wide association studies and focus on analyses of candidate genes including DISC-1, NDE-1 and DLG-2.

We also have a major focus on the functional genetics of psychiatric illness and have investigated the effects of variation in genes, such as DISC-1, on brain structure and function, as well as their programming during development in stem cell models.

We have demonstrated, for the first time, that structural and functional MRI changes precede the onset of psychosis and could be used as a diagnostic aid.

We have also demonstrated that imaging can be used to separate autism from learning disability in people of matched IQ.

We have made substantial progress in the discovery of genes, including DISC-1, associated with psychosis and have played a leading role in understanding how genetic variation alters brain structure and function and risk for mental illness.

Research methods

The principal methods used are state-of-the-art structural and functional imaging techniques and genetic studies. We are also involved in a number of clinical trials of novel therapeutic interventions.

Major conditions of interest

Our major interests (that straddle the disciplines of Neurology and Psychiatry) include:

  • Autism and learning disability (Andrew Stanfield)
  • Dementia prevention (Craig Ritchie)
  • Bipolar disorder and depression (Andrew McIntosh)
  • Schizophrenia (Stephen Lawrie, Mandy Johnstone)
  • Cognition and Behaviour (collaborations with the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology
  • Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology

We are also closely involved in two philanthropically funded Specialist Centres of Excellence:

Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

The Division of Psychiatry is a part of the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (CCBS) in the Edinburgh Medical School. CCBS integrates laboratory and clinical research to study the causes, consequences and treatment of major brain disorders.

Training and support

Postgraduate students are mentored and supported by at least two supervisors and receive long-term guidance from their thesis committee.

We offer a transferable skills programme and project-specific courses, including opportunities to become involved in science communication and public engagement. In addition, the Division provides clinical case demonstrations and specialist seminars.

Facilities

We offer well-characterised cohorts of patients and expertise in a wide variety of techniques to study biological aspects of psychiatric disorders.



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The UCL Division of Psychiatry is pleased to offer this programme focused on clinical practice in mental health and its evidence base. Read more

The UCL Division of Psychiatry is pleased to offer this programme focused on clinical practice in mental health and its evidence base. The Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc integrates biological, psychological and social perspectives on mental health and caters both for psychology graduates and for clinicians wishing to undertake a broad-based, rigorous and flexible higher degree.

About this degree

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of current evidence regarding mental health problems and the interventions provided to address them, as well as enhancing their research skills. A wide range of options from across the School of Life and Medical Sciences at UCL allows students to tailor a programme that fully fits their needs.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of 1–2 core double modules (30–60 credits), 4–6 optional modules (60–90 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A diploma may be awarded to students who complete the equivalent of 8 taught single modules, amounting to 120 credits.

A certificate may be awarded to students who complete the equivalent of 4 taught single modules, amounting to 60 credits.

Core modules

  • Core Principles of Mental Health Research (double module)
  • Clinical Mental Health (double module – compulsory only for those who do not have at least six months’ full-time experience, or the equivalent, of working in mental health settings).

Students who are unsure whether they should take Clinical Mental Health should discuss it with the course team. It is in general unsuitable for those who are already qualified clinicians. 

Optional modules

Students who take the Clinical Mental Health module will take four optional modules, including at least one from the Division of Psychiatry. Students who do not take this module will take six optional modules, including at least three from the Division of Psychiatry.

  • Students who take the Clinical Mental Health module will choose at least one option (15 credits) from the following:
  • Current Research in Depression and Anxiety
  • Current Research in Dementia
  • Current Research in Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Current Research in Psychosis and Bipolar
  • Mental Health Care: Policy and Evaluation
  • Culture in the Clinic
  • Advanced treatment and management of Dementia (appropriateness to be discussed with Module Lead if Current Research in Dementia not also taken
  • Please note: Students who do not take the Clinical Mental Health module will select at least three modules (45 credits) from the above list
  • Any UCL modules approved by the Programme Director and not resulting in timetable clashes can be added to make up the remaining credits. Module with approval in the Division of Psychiatry are Mental Health in Social and Global Context, Epidemiological Research Methods in Mental Health, Statistical M
  • Ethnicity, Migration and Health (Department of Epidemiological and Social Methods in Public Health)
  • Social Determinants of Health (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health)
  • Higher Functions of the Brain (Institute of Neurology)
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Child Mental Health (UCL Institute of Child Health)
  • Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Psychological (UCL Institute of Child Health)
  • Quality Improvements in Health (UCL CHIME)
  • Neuroimaging: Introductory Science and Methods (Institute of Neurology)
  • Neuroimaging: Imaging Modalities (Institute of Neurology)
  • Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Pharmacological (UCL Institute of Child Health)

NB: due to timetable clashes only one UCL Institute of Child Health module may be taken by each student.

Research project/report

All students undertake a final project. This may be a research project, to be reported as a paper of up to 7,000 words ready for submission to a specified journal, a blog of 1,000 words and a 20-minute talk, or a clinical project of 10,000 words reporting on a clinical topic or service evaluation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops, with considerable use of supporting online learning. Assessment methods include one unseen examination, coursework including designing questionnaires and protocols and analysing data, giving talks and presenting posters, and a final report in the format of a journal paper or brief for clinicians or service planners.

Placement

The programme team support students in obtaining volunteer placements in relevant mental health care and research settings, but this is not a formal part of the course and is entirely optional.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc

Careers

For non-clinicians, the programme will be an excellent grounding for clinical training, such as in clinical psychology, or for embarking on a research career in mental health. Many graduates go on to research assistant, clinical support worker or assistant psychologist posts as a first destination. The programme is also intended to prepare students for PhD studies, also a major onward route. For clinicians, this is a great opportunity to gain a higher qualification through a programme based in a leading university department which can be closely tailored to your interests across clinical, research and management fields.

Employability

Students will be taught by leading experts in their fields, will gain a strong clinical understanding of mental health, and will be able to develop their skills in research, service design and evaluation, and writing and presenting. Previous Division of Psychiatry Master’s graduates have been enthusiastic about their career enhancement, both through their programme and the connections they have made through it. We offer to find all students a placement (if they wish) for one day a week in which relevant clinical and/or research experience is obtained. A large proportion of our first cohort of graduates have gone on to paid employment in relevant areas of mental health, especially research assistant, clinical support worker, psychological wellbeing practitioner and assistant psychologist posts. Others have embarked on PhD studies. 



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This programme offers a stimulating and practical training in mental health research. Read more

This programme offers a stimulating and practical training in mental health research. The UCL Division of Psychiatry offers teaching and supervision from leaders in international research in fields from neuroscientific to social and epidemiological, along with a range of relevant options from other leading UCL departments. This diversity of options allows students to tailor a programme that closely fits their needs.

About this degree

This programme will equip students with the research skills needed to undertake doctoral-level research and/or to collaborate in major research projects. They will produce a piece of original research ready to submit for publication, and will acquire current knowledge of cutting-edge research in mental health.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Core Principles of Mental Health Research (double module)
  • Statistical Methods in Mental Health

Optional modules

Students will select at least 60 credits from the following modules of which at least 30 credits must be from the Division of Psychiatry’s own modules:

Division of Psychiatry modules

  • Culture in the Clinic
  • Current Research in Depression and Anxiety
  • Current Research in Dementia
  • Current Research in Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Current Research in Psychosis and Bipolar
  • Epidemiological Research Methods in Mental Health
  • Introduction to Biological Research in Mental Health
  • Mental Health Care: Policy and Evaluation
  • Mental Health in Social and Global Context
  • Advanced treatment and management of dementia

Other approved modules

  • Health Inequalities across the Lifecourse (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health)
  • Higher Functions of the Brain (Institute of Neurology)
  • Neuroimaging: Introductory Science and Methods (Institute of Neurology)
  • Neuroimaging: Imaging Modalities (Institute of Neurology)
  • Social Determinants of Global Health (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health)
  • Or any other module approved by the Programme Director as having a large research component relevant to mental health.

The final 15 credits may be obtained from any available module at UCL, subject to the Programme Director approving the overall selection for each student.

Final report

All students undertake a final research project. This is reported as a research paper of up to 7,000 words ready for submission to a specified journal, a blog of 1,000 words and a 20-minute talk.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, with considerable use of supporting online learning. Assessment methods include unseen exams, coursework including designing questionnaires and systematic review strategies, developing protocols, analysing data, giving talks and presenting posters. There is a strong emphasis on developing practical research skills.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Mental Health Sciences Research MSc

Careers

This new programme will equip graduates with strong practical research skills and understanding of the current status and direction of mental health research in their area of interest, preparing them to pursue doctoral studies, including through applications for nationally funded fellowships. Clinicians will be equipped to participate fully in collaborative studies and to begin to function as independent investigators. For those without clinical qualifications, the programme is likely to assist students in embarking on a career in mental health research by obtaining research posts and opportunities for PhD places.

Employability

Students will be taught by and carry out projects with leading researchers at the cutting-edge of their fields, learning about research directly from experts rather than from textbooks. Previous Division of Psychiatry MSc graduates have had a strong track record of publishing papers based on their research projects in peer-reviewed journals, and of going on to further academic posts and to doctoral studies. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a cluster of international research leaders in mental health in fields including genetics, epidemiology, and applied clinical research. Optional modules provide an entrance to other renowned departments at UCL e.g. in neuroscience and epidemiology.

The programme is strongly focused on student participation and acquisition of the practical skills needed to embark on a career in research. The wide range of research interests within our division allows us to offer a programme that integrates biological and psychosocial approaches.

We offer opportunities to get involved in the work of internationally significant research groups in a stimulating, friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychiatry

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Because of its very nature, mental health care raises as many conceptual questions as empirical ones. The philosophy of mental health is a rapidly developing field developed by philosophers, clinicians, eg psychiatrists and mental health nurses and mental health service users. Read more

Because of its very nature, mental health care raises as many conceptual questions as empirical ones. The philosophy of mental health is a rapidly developing field developed by philosophers, clinicians, eg psychiatrists and mental health nurses and mental health service users. Based on the Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry co-authored by the course leader, the MA Philosophy and Mental Health course aims to develop a better understanding of psychiatry, and mental health care more broadly, through an analysis of some of its fundamental concepts.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The teaching materials are provided by the newly published Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, co-authored by the course leader. This textbook is aimed at developing analytic and argumentative skills through exercises and guided readings. Tutorial supervision will be provided in guided discussion over the web using UCLan’s e-learning resources. Access to a computer connected to the web is thus a necessary requirement.

Most modules are assessed by a 5,000 word essay. The Introduction to Postgraduate Philosophically-Based Research module is assessed by three shorter assessments and the Dissertation is 10,000 words. Formative assessment is provided for a first short 2,000 word practice essay which can then be developed into the first longer essay.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

SUBJECTS INCLUDE:

  • The concepts of illness, disease and disorder in mental health;
  • The history of psychopathology;
  • Empathy;
  • Validity of psychiatry diagnosis;
  • The codification of diagnosis and tacit knowledge;
  • The conceptual underpinnings of evidence based medicine;
  • Values based practice;
  • Psychiatric ethics;
  • Brain imaging and the mind body problem;
  • Reasons and causes;
  • Meaning in cognitivist psychiatry;
  • Meaning and social constructionism in discursive psychology;
  • Free will;
  • Autism and the problem of other minds.

YEAR 1

  • Core concepts in philosophy and mental health
  • A philosophical history of psychopathology
  • The philosophy of science and mental health

YEAR 2

  • Ethics, values and mental health
  • The philosophy of mind and mental health
  • Introduction to Postgraduate Philosophically-Based Research

FURTHER INFORMATION

The programme in Philosophy and Mental Health is part of a newly developing interdisciplinary field looking at conceptual and evaluative aspects of mental health care. More so than any other area of healthcare, mental health raises conceptual as well as empirical difficulties.

The role of values in diagnosis, the validity or objectivity of taxonomy, the central relationship of mind and brain are all key issues underpinning healthcare calling for conceptual as well as empirical clarification. The programme critically examines the assumptions that drive the agenda in mental health care. It aims to foster analytic and argumentative skills in its students in order for them to have a better understanding of practice and, in some cases, to carry out further and original research in this newly developing field. Students will be drawn from all areas of mental health care including service users as well as from a philosophy or psychology background. Based on the Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, co-authored by the course leader, teaching will be by distance learning in a structure designed to fit with the busy working lives of those working in the field.



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The new Dementia MSc is offered jointly by the UCL Division of Psychiatry and Institute of Neurology and tackles one of the biggest global health problems facing society today. Read more

The new Dementia MSc is offered jointly by the UCL Division of Psychiatry and Institute of Neurology and tackles one of the biggest global health problems facing society today. It provides research-oriented and cutting-edge training in the study of dementia and its scientific basis, led by international leaders in the science and practice of dementia. Two specialised pathways, in mental health and in neuroscience, are offered.

About this degree

The mental health pathway focuses on equipping students with advanced knowledge of the prevention, detection and management of the dementias using epidemiological, psychosocial and clinical trial approaches, and is aimed at graduates wishing to explore or begin a research career in dementia. More information about the neuroscience pathway is also available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists five or six core modules (90 or 120 credits), one or two optional modules (if only five core modules are taken) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Current Research in Dementia (15 credits)
  • Advanced Treatment and Management of Dementia (15 credits)
  • Core Principles of Mental Health Research (30 credits)
  • Statistical Methods in Mental Health (15 credits)
  • Clinical Neuroscience of Neurodegenerative Diseases (15 credits)
  • Clinical Mental Health (30 credits - core for students who do not have either research or clinical experience in the field of dementia)

Optional modules

  • Students who take five core modules will select 30 further credits of optional modules. Students who take six core modules will select 15 further credits of an optional module. Optional modules have either a neuroscience, research methods, or quality improvement in health care component and are the following:
  • Practical Neuroscience of Dementia (15 credits, Institute of Neurology)
  • Higher Functions of the Brain (15 credits, Institute of Neurology)
  • Epidemiological and Social Methods in Mental Health (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Biological Research in Mental Health (15 credits)
  • Quality Improvement in Health Care (15 credits, UCL Medical School)
  • Other optional modules may be selected from any available in the UCL Division of Psychiatry or elsewhere at UCL, with permission from the Programme Director

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of up to 8,000 words, presented as a paper ready to submit to a medical, psychiatric or dementia-specialist journal.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered though a combination of lecture/seminar series and practical interactive workshops, with supportive online learning material. Assessment methods include two unseen examinations, coursework including designing questionnaires and protocols and analysing data in dementia research, writing a critical literature review, giving talks and presentations, and a final report in the format of a journal paper.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Mental Health) MSc

Careers

This is a new programme and no information on graduate destinations is therefore available. Previous MSc-level graduates of the Division have had a strong track record of publishing papers based on their dementia research projects in peer reviewed journals, and have moved on to academic posts and PhD studies. For clinicians, the course will allow them to participate fully in collaborative studies and begin their research career as independent investigators in dementia research.

Employability

This unique and exciting programme will equip graduates with advanced knowledge of the prevention and treatment of dementia, and strong practical research skills in order to undertake doctoral research in the field. They will acquire in-depth understanding of the current status and direction of research for the treatment and care of people with dementia and their families, providing them with a strong foundation for doctoral studies, and applications for nationally funded fellowships. They will complete original research in their specific field of interest, learning about dementia research directly from experts working in clinical and research areas in dementia.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has exceptional research strength in dementia, from laboratory to the community, including genetics, neuroscience of neurodegeneration, prevention and treatment. Students will be taught by leading international dementia researchers at the cutting-edge of their fields; more details are available at UCL Dementia Strategy. Optional modules give students access to other renowned departments at UCL e.g. the UCL Institute of Neurology, and the UCL Medical School.

The programme is strongly focused on active student participation, encouraging learning through participating in research and enquiry and developing the practical skills needed to embark on a research career in dementia. The wide range of research interests within our division and the UCL Institute of Neurology allows us to offer a programme that integrates biological and psychological approaches of dementia.

Students will be offered opportunities to get involved in the work of internationally significant research groups in dementia in a stimulating, friendly and supportive environment.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychiatry

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in psychiatric practice. Read more

About the course

This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in psychiatric practice. You can expect to gain significant opportunities in continuing professional development by choosing to study modules relevant to the field you work in which can also be taken as short courses. You will also end the course in preparation of Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych).

Along with lectures and expert led clinics, you will also have regular small group seminars and tutorials, with the additional support of a personal tutor. This programme has a practical emphasis and also provides opportunities for additional attendance to short courses and conferences offered by the Department. You’ll have a choice of modules, excellent networking and peer support, and consistently positive feedback.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/psychiatric-practicemental-health-practice-msc,-pgdip,-pgcert

Course Structure

The MSc in Psychiatric Practice comprises of 6 taught modules (30 credits each) of approximately 12 weeks duration. Successful completion of the programme leads to an award of MSc in Psychiatric Practice

- Post Graduate Certificate:
Core modules: Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice; Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neurosciences

In Year 1 trainees will receive: Semester A: 2 themes days (1/2 day assessment); Semester B: 2 theme days

- Postgraduate Diploma:
Core modules: Developing Skills and Competence in Psychiatric Practice; Approaches and Organisation of Specialist Mental Health Service Delivery

In Year 2 trainees will receive: Semester A: 2 themes days (1/2 day assessment); Semester B: 2 theme days

- MSc:
Core modules: Service Improvement Project

Modules of Common Interest: Modules of common interest from Postgraduate Faculty Framework

Clinical lectures focus on the principles of Psychiatric Practice. The programme has an emphasis on the following key areas: Diagnostic theory and classification; Psychopharmacology and medication compliance; Neurological and cognitive examination; Human growth and development; Organic psychiatry; Neuroscience and genetics; Transcultural psychiatry; and Epidemiology.

Examples of clinical skills included during the programme are: Consultation skills: history taking / conducting a good psychiatric history; Bio-psychosocial assessment; Neurological and cognitive examination; Clinical case management and many more.

Why choose this course?

The MSc in Psychiatric Practice is a taught, masters programme for clinicians, wishing to develop or extend practical skills, knowledge and experience in psychiatric practice.

It has an emphasis on developing practical competencies; good diagnostic skills, appropriate and timely management of long term psychiatric disorders to reflect current trends in psychiatry.

This programme is supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills demonstrations, clinical placements and conference presentations by academic staff and invited expert clinicians.

Careers

This programme offers excellent opportunities for continuing professional development for practicing health, social and primary care professionals. It is an MSc programme, but UK clinicians can choose to study specific modules relevant to their professional practice or select from short courses.

This programme fulfils the interprofessional learning agenda and reflects the varied roles and functions adopted by professionals destined for psychiatry and other clinicians with a special interest.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including: interactive and ‘key-note’ lectures, seminars and workshops incorporating for example case studies, role play, scenario based learning and discussion groups covering a wide variety of topics. Individual and group based tutorials. Skills based demonstrations / workshops and the use of technologies for example video, podcasts, and other e-packages designed to enhance learning and teaching. These resources are supported by a well stocked learning resource centre and via a virtual learning environment called StudyNet which enables you to access learning resources on line 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

Work Placement

Full Time, overseas students do not require GMC registration as this programme does not require direct patient contact and management.

Professional Accreditations

The programme prepares specialist trainees for Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRC Psych).

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/psychiatric-practicemental-health-practice-msc,-pgdip,-pgcert#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

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Our PGCert in Approved Mental Health Professional Practice is the only certificate that allows students to gain Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) status and be approved by local authorities. Read more

Our PGCert in Approved Mental Health Professional Practice is the only certificate that allows students to gain Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) status and be approved by local authorities.

The course combines academic study with practice in mental health, with a focus on AMHP training.

AMHP training covers the integration of mental health issues, psychiatry and mental health law in multidisciplinary teams from a social perspective.

Our lecturers reflect this multidisciplinary approach and include psychiatrists, lawyers, psychologists, nurses and social workers, as well as service users and carers.

Students undertaking AMHP training must be supported by their employers and seconded to the training. Employers must agree to provide a Practice Educator and an appropriate Practice Learning Placement.

To meet the requirements for AMHP, you must successfully complete the five mandatory course units and a competent Practice Portfolio.

Students who successfully complete the PGCert will be able to progress to our PGDip in Applied Mental Health, which includes a literature review. You can then progress to our MSc in Applied Mental Health.

Aims

Our PGCert has been designed for those wishing to seek authorisation under the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007, to discharge the duties of an Approved Mental Health Professional.

The outcome is to produce knowledgeable and skilled professionals who will be able to discharge statutory responsibilities under this legislation, and who will also have the ability to stay abreast of cutting-edge research and development within contemporary mental health services, as well as having the capacity to translate research insights into practice.

The course aims to produce students who:

  • have a systematic and integrated knowledge and understanding of mental disorders, the different models of causation, presentation, assessment and management, the different models of treatment and intervention and their outcomes;
  • have sufficient knowledge and practical skills to critically apply theoretical models to practice situations, both at the level of individual case planning and case management and also at the level of policy and service development;
  • can work comfortably within multidisciplinary mental health settings;
  • can access and negotiate service frameworks involving a variety of statutory and non-statutory agencies;
  • can successfully achieve consensus in representing their own professional view as one among several, perhaps competing, views or approaches to mental health problems;
  • are able to work in partnership with service users and their carers, and to have the ability to appreciate the perspectives of users and carers.

Special features

Multidisciplinary teaching

Learn from psychiatrists, lawyers, psychologists, nurses and social workers, as well as service users and carers.

Flexible learning

You can learn when it suits you by choosing to take this course over either one or two years part-time.

Teaching and learning

Our lecturers include psychiatrists, lawyers, psychologists, nurses and social workers, as well as service users and carers.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is continuous throughout the programme. Students are required to complete assessed essays, an 'open book' mental health law examination and practice-focused assessments.

Course unit details

This course comprises five compulsory units and a Practice Portfolio (zero credit rated unit). The units are:

  • Mental Health Issues
  • The Role of the AMHP
  • Applied Psychiatry
  • Applied Law and Risk
  • Applied Law and Capacity

Each of the 5 units are worth 15 postgraduate credits and the Practice Portfolio is a zero credit rated unit.

The pass mark for each unit is 50%. The Practice Portfolio is assessed as either competent or not yet competent.

On successful completion of all five units plus being deemed 'competent' in the Practice Portfolio, you will be eligible to be approved as an AMHP by your local authority.

Year 1

24-month route

Compulsory units:

  • Applied Psychiatry: This unit will examine pharmacological, psychological and social intervention strategies and the research evidence for their impact on the outcomes of mental disorder.
  • Mental Health Issues: Students will be given academic input on social perspectives in mental health which are informed by a social science knowledge base and social research. Child protection, protecting vulnerable adults and the MCA are essential components of this unit.

12-month route

Compulsory units:

  • Applied Psychiatry: This unit will examine pharmacological, psychological and social intervention strategies and the research evidence for their impact on the outcomes of mental disorder.
  • Role of the AMHP: Students will be provided with knowledge about the AMHP role within the legislation and the range of functions that the AMHP is required to undertake.
  • Applied Law and Risk: This unit has a focus on the concept of risk, risk thresholds as they operate within the Mental Health Act and the skills of risk assessment in mental health crisis work.
  • Applied Law and Capacity: This unit focuses on the interface between the Mental Health Act 1983 as amended in 2007, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Students will be provided with an analysis of how the current capacity legislation operates in a range of contexts.
  • Mental Health Issues: Students will be given academic input on social perspectives in mental health which are informed by a social science knowledge base and social research. Child protection, protecting vulnerable adults and the MCA are essential components of this unit.
  • Practice Portfolio (zero credit rated unit)

Year 2

24-month route

Compulsory units:

  • Role of the AMHP: Students will be provided with knowledge about the AMHP role within the legislation and the range of functions that the AMHP is required to undertake.
  • Applied Law and Risk: This unit has a focus on the concept of risk, risk thresholds as they operate within the Mental Health Act and the skills of risk assessment in mental health crisis work.
  • Applied Law and Capacity: This unit focuses on the interface between the Mental Health Act 1983 as amended in 2007, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Students will be provided with an analysis of how the current capacity legislation operates in a range of contexts.
  • Practice Portfolio (zero credit rated unit)


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