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Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry MSc


Course Description

The first year of a four-year programme leading to a PhD. Gain research training at the interface between social, genetic and developmental psychiatry and within an ethos of interdisciplinary and collaborative research. Tailored to facilitate your learning objectives in relation to statistics and core research areas.

Key benefits

- Large number of internationally-rated researchers create a highly interdisciplinary environment.

- Opportunities to develop and pursue your own research from the beginning of the programme.

- Modern, state-of-the-art DNA banking, extraction and genotyping facilities.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/social-genetic-and-developmental-psychiatry-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Designed as the first year of a four-year programme leading to a PhD, the programme provides research training at the interface between social, genetic and developmental psychiatry and promotes an ethos of interdisciplinary and collaborative research. Training is tailored to your needs and designed to facilitate your individual learning objectives in relation to statistics and the core research areas. You will have tutorials from leading experts in the six key areas: quantitative genetics, molecular genetics and epigenetics, developmental psychology, social psychology, psychopathology and statistical genetics.

- Course purpose -

To develop knowledge and skills in interdisciplinary research methods by investigating the effects and interplay of genes, development and the environment in complex psychiatric phenomena. To develop an awareness of the practical and ethical issues related to research, and the transferable skills and knowledge needed for a career in academia or industry. To use the MSc to prepare for a PhD in the discipline.

- Course format and assessment -

Tutorials; essay writing; statistics assignment; research dissertation; oral presentation. Half of the time is spent on research in collaboration with supervisor.

Required Modules:

- Developmental Psychology
- Molecular Genetics & Epigenetics
- Psychopathology
- Quantitative Genetics
- Social Development
- Statistical Genetics
- 10,000 word dissertation

Career prospects

Students are aiming for a PhD programme in Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry. This unique programme provides graduates of the 1+3 programme with training for a career in academia specialising in research into the social, genetic and developmental aspects of psychiatric illness and careers in industry.

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 Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Yannis

I joined King's College London for a four year MSc/PhD programme which integrates interdisciplinary research and training. This is an innovative programme, reflecting King's role as a pioneer in scientific research and training.
Several months after I joined the programme, the high expectations I initially had have all been surpassed. The facilities and resources are striking, but the strongest asset is the people. I found myself surrounded by excellent scientists and world leading experts, all of whom are approachable and always ready to help. Doing research in an environment where there is so much diverse expertise around, as well as opportunity for interaction, is exciting.
There are also many weekly events, talks and seminars that allow you to expand your knowledge beyond your primary area of interest. I was particularly impressed by the abundance of opportunities for research and other career development activities that were generously offered to me from the first day I joined.
It is also admirable how seriously students are treated, with every effort being made to facilitate our research and make our time here as enjoyable an experience as possible. I feel that the only limit to what I can achieve is myself!


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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 first degree in an appropriate subject or overseas equivalent; or a registerable qualification appropriate to the programme in medicine, or overseas equivalent; or a professional or other qualification obtained by an approved formal examination. Applications from biology, genetics, biochemistry and statistics graduates are particularly welcome, although other backgrounds,including psychology and interdisciplinary fields are also suitable. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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