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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    October

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    15 January 2019

Course content

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Motivated to take a your next step towards clinical training, prepare for a PhD, or expand your expertise? We’ve designed this course to help you explore mental health and boost your research skills.  

Many students join us after their undergraduate degree. But it’s also a great opportunity for people with experience to move forward in their career.  

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

Key benefits 

  • Choose a voluntary clinical placement to get experience working at South London & Maudsley Hospital one day a week 
  • Learn from leading experts and join small group tutorials led by PhD students 
  • Pick from eight optional modules. These cover everything from disaster response to psychological therapies 
  • Join one of our existing reseach project teams or develop your own research ideas 

Teaching 

We have a team of academics and clinicians who lead the different modules on this course. Their diverse expertise gives you an insight into the wide spectrum of challenges in the field.  

Although this isn’t a clinical course, we make learning relevant to practice. Our teaching equips you for further training, explains how research applies to practice, and keeps you up to speed with the latest research. 

Description

From disorders and treatments, to diagnosis and assessments, we’ll help you delve into all aspects of mental health. At the same time, you’ll learn about approaches to research, systematic reviews and big data. 

We’ve designed this course with a range of modules that allow you to study a variety of topics of particular interest to you.  

You’ll apply what you’ve learnt in your own research. You’ll join an existing research team to help them with an ongoing project that’s tackling a specific challenge in the field.    

As a student at King’s, we give you the chance to apply for a diverse range of placements within the NHS. If you’re successful at an interview, you’ll spend one day a week gaining invaluable clinical experience.   

“Every year we find innovative ways to improve learning. For example, we have a subscription to the National Elf Service blog. This helps students keep up with the latest debates and developments in the field”.  - Dr Jenny Kravariti, Course Leader

Course format and assessment

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

Basic Mental Health

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) 

Psychological Therapies 

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) 

Social & Community Mental Health 

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) 

Womens Mental Health

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) 

Psychology & Neuroscience of Addictions

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) 

Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis 

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) 

Pharmacotherapies of Mental Health 

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) 

Small Group Tutorials (non credit bearing) 

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (0 hours) 

Voluntary Clinical Placements (non credit bearing) 

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (0 hours) 

Combination of modules in research methods 

Introductory Statistics 

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) 

Statistics for Mental Health Research 

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) 

Advanced Statistics 

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) 

Qualitative Research Methods 

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) 

Systematic Reviews in Mental Health 

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) 

Big Data in Mental Health Research 

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) 

Dissertation 

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (6 hours) 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. 

Assessment

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

Year 1

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

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

Other related courses:

Career prospects

After this MSc, you’ll have the skills you need to start a career in a variety of mental health areas. You’ll also be ready to apply for clinical training, research assistant positions, or PhD study.   

With a grounding in issues and debates in the field, you’ll be a great fit for roles outside the NHS and academia too. For example, you might work as a consultant helping government bodies respond to disasters. 

If you joined us with experience in the field, you’ll have boosted your career prospects. You’ll also feel confident carrying out research alongside clinical practice.  

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