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Applied Mental Health Research MSc


Course Description

The MSc in Applied Mental Health Research provides rigorous training in core scientific principles and methods that are the foundation of mental health service and population-based research. The programme offers opportunities for continuing professional development, to specialise in particular methodologies and develops skills needed to carry out independent, high quality research. The MSc is excellent preparation for a career in research and PhD training. We welcome applications from health professionals, social science and psychology graduates and intercalating medical students wanting to learn how to carry out rigorous high quality research in real-world settings

Key benefits

- Foundation modules in principles of psychiatric research and psychiatric epidemiology, analytic methods for psychiatric research, mental health services research: theory to practice and systematic reviews in mental health followed by the opportunity to specialise in particular disciplines, including: measurement in mental health, mental health economic evaluation, qualitative research methods, social psychiatry, applied statistical methods, research on stigma and discrimination and women's mental health research.

- Teaching and supervision delivered by world leaders in mental health research and policy, based in the Health Service and Population Research Department

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/applied-mental-health-research-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The programme allows students to tailor the content of the MSc to meet their individual interests and needs. To achieve this, students undergo core training in study design and analytic methods for psychiatric research and psychiatric epidemiology, systematic reviews, mental health service research: theory to practice and then select specialised study options from a range of elective modules: qualitative research methods, applied statistical methods, mental health economic evaluation, measurement in mental health, social psychiatry, research on stigma and discrimination and women's mental health research.


Whilst studying within the Health Service & Population Research Department, students are supported to identify their own research interests and encouraged to develop dissertation projects under the supervision of the department's staff. There may be an opportunity for optional voluntary research placement in the department. The Anthony Mann Prize will be awarded to the student with the highest overall grade.

- Course purpose -

The course is ideally suited for psychology and social science graduates and health professionals interested in mental health research, and those preparing for PhD. Our students are often interested in working in both high and low resource settings. The rigorous training in research methods will suit UK, EU and international students wishing to prepare for a career in research or those wishing to combine clinical activities with research.

- Course format and assessment -

A combination of lectures, group tutorials and discussions, classroom and computer-based practicals, student presentations and practical workshops. Assessment includes formative exercises, coursework assignments, unseen examinations and a dissertation project.

Bursaries

Four Bursaries are available for home and EU nationals (Both Full and Part Time students) offering a 50% reduction on the programme fee: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/depts/hspr/study/Bursary.aspx

Career Prospects

Our students come from a wide variety of health, social care and academic backgrounds, creating a diverse and stimulating learning environment. Alumni pursue careers as senior clinicians and service managers, academic researchers and policy makers. Alumni of the programme work as researchers either staying at King's College London or moving on to other renowned universities such as University College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Imperial College London, or as advisers and researchers in clinical and policy settings including leading NGOs and the World Health Organisation. Many of our students pursue Doctoral Research or Clinical Psychology training in London universities including the Institute of Psychiatry. Psychology & Neuroscience itself.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

Visit the Applied Mental Health Research MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Carmen Tsang

The benefits of studying at one of the world's leading research centres for psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience were evident from the first day of term. Being taught directly by some of the world's experts in their fields, who are actively conducting research, was inspiring. The facilities and opportunities at the Institute, from the impressive library, series of seminars, presentations and workshops reflect the attention to detail given by the Institute in creating a thriving working and learning environment.

(Student Profile)

Carmen

"The facilities and opportunities at the Institute, from the impressive library, series of seminars, presentations and workshops reflect the attention to detail given by the Institute in creating a thriving working and learning environment."

(Student Profile)

Naomi

"I love the fact that first-authors are brought in to teach certain topics. Hearing first hand about the workings of a project gives you a much better understanding of what goes into large scale research projects."


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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in an appropriate subject (psychology, social science or health science); or a registerable qualification appropriate to the programme in medicine or overseas equivalent; or a professional mental health qualification. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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