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Psychiatric Research MSc


Course Description

The aim of the MSc in Psychiatric Research is to provide advanced training in the scientific and ethical principles common to all mental health research disciplines, together with skills in statistics, epidemiology methods and both biological and social methodology. The course is aimed at psychiatrists, psychologists, other mental health practitioners (nurses and psychotherapists), and those students with no clinical background interested in a career that involves mental health research. The rigorous training in research methods will suit both UK and international students wishing to prepare for a career in research, or combine clinical activities with research, or pursue a PhD or training in clinical psychology or further professional development.

Key benefits

- In-depth, practical and theoretical knowledge on performing, interpreting and applying psychiatric research.
- Flexible, modular programme, allowing you to develop specific areas of interest
- Taught by academics who perform world-leading psychiatric research
- Transferrable skills training, for career planning and progression
- Optional voluntary clinical placement scheme.
- Full-time and part-time study.

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

Course detail

- Description -

The programme gives equal priority to social, epidemiological and biological research methods, emphasising the interface between these approaches, but its modular structure allows you to focus on any of the areas. The course has a practical orientation, developing skills in critical appraisal of existing research, hypothesis formulation, study design, data gathering, research management, data analysis, writing research reports and scientific publications. The programme consists of a core study module covering Study Design, Basic Epidemiology and Statistics, and several optional study units, including Social Psychiatry, Neuroimaging, Psychiatric Genetics, Advanced Statistical Methods and Brain Behaviour Interface. You will be learning from leading experts at the cutting edge of psychiatric research.

- Course purpose -

The MSc in Psychiatric Research provides advanced training in scientific research across the mental health disorders. In the first term, the course focuses on development of core skills in biological, epidemiological and social research methods, statistics and ethics. Students then develop their own areas of interest, through elective modules including neuroimaging, clinical trials, translational psychiatry, psychopharmacology, psychiatric genetics and brain-behaviour interface. These skills are applied and further developed through research dissertation projects, supervised by expert staff. Students are supported in developing their transferrable skills in preparation for the next stages in their careers.

- Course format and assessment -

Full-time students complete all required modules in one year.

- TERM 1 (September-December): Research Methods, Ethics and Statistics in Mental Health
- TERM 2 (January-March): Choice of 4 optional modules
- TERM 3 (April-September): Introductory Modules & Research Dissertation

Part-time students normally complete Research Methods, Ethics and two Optional Modules in Year 1; and Statistics, two Optional Modules, their Research Dissertation and the Introductory Modules in Year 2.

Teaching methods include lectures, computer-based practicals, workshops and tutorials.

Assessment is by computer-based or written examinations, written course-work, research project and poster presentation.

Career prospects

Further research (PhD); enhanced careers in mental health and social care as clinicians and policy makers.

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 Psychiatric Research MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mishael Soemekun

The MSc in Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry was one of the best courses I have ever taken. Lectures were given by many of the best scientists in the field and I found this incredibly inspirational. I had initially taken the course to acquire knowledge about current research in the field and also to gain an understanding of research techniques that would help me develop the necessary skills required for training in Clinical Psychology. The course did however exceed my expectations by providing me with valuable experiences and opportunities which increased my confidence to carry out research. As a consequence, I am now in my first year of doctoral training as a Clinical Psychologist and looking back I can see that the MSc in Psychiatric Research was the best preparation I could have given myself for this.

(Student Profile)

Jotheeswaran Amuthavalli Thiyagarajan

955.jpg Returning to India after completing the MSc in Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, I had 18 months funding from the Wellcome Trust to follow-up those with dementia and cognitive impairment and I also surveyed mortality across the whole Chennai elderly cohort, using the WHO verbal autopsy interview

I am currently writing papers on cause and cause-specific mortality. The MSc in Psychiatric Research has enabled me to function as an independent researcher in India and I can now confidently design research projects, perform statistical analysis, and write research papers for scientific journals.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in an appropriate subject (eg psychology, social science or health science); or a registrable 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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