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Mental Health Studies MSc

Course Description

This Programme was established in 1992, equipping students with knowledge within the field of Mental Health and with the opportunity to examine one area further through both theoretical and empirical research. We welcome applications from both mental health professionals and psychology graduates, and offer career enhancement through practitioners' CPD; preparation for a career in clinical psychology; RA and PhD positions.

Key benefits

- Choice of 8 elective modules on offer in a number of different Mental Health sectors.

- Regular contributions from practising clinicians, including world leading experts across all psychiatric specialities from the allied Maudsley Hospital, and from visiting specialist lecturers.

- Well-established Clinical Placements voluntary scheme, offering placements within SLaM, the largest UK NHS Trust.

- Experience of research work, supporting service users in a variety of placements through our voluntary scheme.

- The opportunity to join existing research projects or develop your own research ideas.

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

Course detail

- Description -

While the MSc Mental Health Studies offers mental health professionals a range of opportunities for continuing professional development, an equally high number of our students have not yet embarked on professional training. Some come with a relevant first degree, usually in psychology, and some already have work experience in the mental health field. Students typically aim to pursue a career in clinical psychology or research.

The Basic Mental Health module provides an overview of: theoretical perspectives on mental illness; diagnosis and assessment; psychiatric disorders and treatment; approaches to management and care. The Research Methods module covers quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and provides the foundations for your own research project.

- Course purpose -

The MSc Mental Health Studies aims to provide high quality and up-to-date coverage of theory, practice and research in the field of mental health and illness. Applicants may already have some experience of working in the mental health field, in positions of clinical, therapeutic or educational capacity, although this is not essential.

- Course format and assessment -

Teaching methods include lectures, group work, discussions, videos, case analyses. Assessment is by essays, written examinations, research project.

Career prospects

Graduates pursue various careers in mental health including psychology and other clinical training, research assistant positions and post doctoral study.

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

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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

(Student Profile)

Fiona Scott

I learnt a great deal from my own module choices, as well as from having the opportunity to undertake a research project within the area of neuroimaging. This project taught me many new research skills and has given me the opportunity to publish my work. The MSc staff were helpful in offering students the opportunity to gain voluntary work experience at the National Psychosis Unit during our studies.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone wishing to further their knowledge of mental health and develop skills in innovative research. Whilst undertaking the MSc I was accepted onto the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and I feel that the course was influential in this result, and will no doubt prove useful to me as I progress within my career.


Entry Requirements

Students should hold a relevant first degree (minimum 2:1) OR an equivalent professional qualification. Experience working in the mental health field is desirable but not essential. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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