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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

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

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    25 April 2018

Course Content

Course content

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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.
  • Comprehensive transferrable skills training for career planning and progression.
  • Optional voluntary clinical placement scheme.


Studying at the IoPPN, this course provides the opportunity to learn about psychiatric research from academics and clinicians working in the leading centre for mental health research in Europe.

Our optional, clinical placements provide opportunity to gain experience of working within clinical teams under expert supervision. Placements are provided through our close relationship with South London and the Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust, which provides the widest range of mental health services in the UK. Our placement opportunities cover a wide range of clients and clinical settings.

Our state-of-the-art research facilities include:

  • The Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences
  • MRC Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre
  • Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre
  • IHR Biomedical Research Centre (the only Mental Health specific centre of its kind)
  • Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility.

Teaching on the MSc is delivered by expert academics and clinicians, including highly-cited IoPPN staff working at the forefront of their field internationally.

The MSc in Psychiatric Research develops knowledge and practical skills in cutting-edge research into the biological (eg brain neurotransmission, genetics), and environmental underpinnings (eg stress, drug use) of psychiatric disorders and on how this research can be applied to develop new therapeutic interventions (eg pharmacological and psychological interventions) through translation to clinical practice.

Students will learn about a comprehensive range of research methodologies, including epidemiological and cohort studies, clinical trials, neuroimaging and genetics. Rigorous training in statistical skills and theoretical knowledge is provided which is necessary for performing, interpreting and applying research.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, practical sessions, workshops and small group tutorials. The relatively small size of this MSc facilitates student participation, interactive learning, group work and personalised support. Our assessments are designed to support learning as well as the development of transferrable skills, such as academic writing and presentation. Assessments include exams, written coursework and oral presentation. These involve data analysis and interpretation, and writing information for patients, grants proposals and scientific articles for publication in academic journals.

During the dissertation project students perform their own original research, and have opportunity to collaborate in on-going research at the IoPPN. A list of publications arising from previous MSc Psychiatric Research students’ work is available on our departmental webpage 

Due to the emphasis on developing high-calibre academic skills, the MSc in Psychiatric Research is particularly well suited for students who wish to pursue a research PhD or Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. For students with a clinical background, the course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for a clinical academic career. Students are supported in attaining graduate positions through a series of careers seminars, including PhD/DClinPsy applications, research or clinical posts, preparing CV’s and professional networking. Indeed many current IoPPN staff and PhD students are MSc Psychiatric Research graduates!

This programme is also available as a PG Cert.

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: 

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

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

Extra information

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

Career prospects

Our graduates conduct further research (e.g. PhD) or enhanced careers in mental health and social care as clinicians and policy makers. 

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