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People who experience a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder of psychotic depression, can and do recover, but identifying and treating symptoms early is vital to long-term recovery.  

Our Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc is the only one of its kind in the world. You’ll learn how to identify and treat psychosis using a holistic and people-centred approach, and you will acquire clinical expertise that is invaluable in all areas of mental health. 

Key benefits  

  • Study the only MSc in Early Intervention in Psychosis in the world 
  • Develop expertise and experience applicable to all areas of mental health 
  • Understand psychosis from biological, psychological and social perspectives 
  • Learn from clinicians and academics who carry out pioneering work in the field 
  • Complete a clinical placement in the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust that matches your experience and ambitions. 
  • This course provides an ideal step towards clinical psychology training, with most of our students going on to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Teaching  

Our teaching team have extensive experience delivering early intervention and researching the field. They’ll provide an insight into the challenges they face and share their experiences. 

We want to help you get the most out of the course – we’ll talk to you about what you want to achieve and organise a clinical placement that matches your experience.  

Description

Early intervention is an evidence-based approach that combines psychosocial treatment with medication. Because of its success, it’s now a crucial part of mental health services worldwide.  

We’ve designed this course to help you explore psychosis from biological, psychological and social perspectives. You’ll learn to detect early symptoms and treat them, then put your skills into action on a clinical placement  in the NHS (guaranteed to all students).

As part of this course, you’ll also complete a quantitative or qualitative research project. Past students have explored genetics of early psychosis, the use of neuroimaging, and predictors of psychotic relapses.  

This MSc is geared towards students eager to boost their expertise before applying for clinical training or a PhD. But it’s also ideal for doctors, psychologists and nurses aiming to take their career to the next level.  

“We make a real effort to pair students with a clinical supervisor with a similar background to them. This enables each student to gain experience and expertise that are relevant to their career progression.”

 Prof. Andrea Mechelli, Course Leader

Assessment

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

Career prospects

You’ll develop expertise and experience relevant to all areas of mental health. After graduating, you’ll be in a strong position to pursue a career in a range of mental health areas.  

Most of our students go on to clinical psychology training (e.g. DClinPsy), other clinical training (e.g. IAPT), or a research position (e.g. PhD).  

Clinicians completing this programme will have boosted career prospects. Many also secure clinical research positions.  

Career destinations:

  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) at King's College London
  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) at University College London
  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) at Royal Holloway University
  • Assistant psychologist in the National Health Service (NHS)
  • PhD at King's College London
  • PhD at University College London
  • PhD at Birkbeck College

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