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Contact details

Mrs Christine Coup

Email: c.coup@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 9039

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (Pro-rata)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (Pro-rata)

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Mental Health Sciences

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

70% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Psychiatric Research MSc

The Psychiatric Research MSc offers a quality, stimulating training in the research skills relevant to psychiatry. Taught by currently active senior researchers, the majority clinical academics at UCL, the programme consist of a taught programme and research project, and equips students with the skills needed to begin doctoral level research.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides a comprehensive grounding in research methodology in psychiatry, including systematic reviews, principles of research design, clinical trials, epidemiology, mental health services research, qualitative methodologies, biological approaches and statistics. It will prepare students to undertake research at doctoral level or to be research-active practitioners in their field.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Mental Health Sciences Unit is a unique interdisciplinary grouping of international experts in biological, epidemiological, and health service research who work in close co-operation with the UCL Institute of Neurology. Our strong collaborative links with five North Thames NHS trusts which operate with diverse, multi-cultural populations means that we have unrivalled access to clinical and community samples in which to conduct cutting-edge translational research.

Leading international and national figures both from UCL and other UK universities contribute to the programme. This means that seminars can offer critical insights into the latest developments in research and theoretical knowledge.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Part-time 2 years (flexible up to 5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), a literature review (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Critical Appraisal and Research Principles in Psychiatry
  • Measurement in Mental Health Research
  • Epidemiological Methods in Mental Health
  • Treatment Evaluation and Biological Methods in Mental Health
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychiatry
  • Statistics


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students complete and submit a literature review of approximately 6,000 words, and undertake an independent research project which culminates in the final dissertation, a paper ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal (and for prospective international publication).

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of workshops, seminars, tutorials, student-led presentations and online supplementary reading and materials via Moodle. Assessment is through systematic literature review, design of a research instrument and subsequent psychometric testing, research protocols, analysis of qualitative and statistical data, unseen written examination and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

We require a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (medicine, psychology, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, etc.) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The closing date for applications is 2 September 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This MSc is intended for medically qualified doctors working in psychiatry, prospective clinical psychologists or psychology graduates wishing to pursue a career in mental health, or nurses, social workers or occupational therapists with substantial experience working in mental health.
The programme is suitable for those who wish to acquire the skills needed to develop as an independent researcher. Graduates will be prepared to undertake research at doctoral level, to apply for posts or research fellowships in academic psychology, psychiatry or allied disciplines, or to be research-active clinical practitioners.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Psychiatric Research at graduate level
  • why you want to study Psychiatric Research at UCL
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:

  • Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney: Honorary Clinical Lecturer
  • UCL: Clinical Senior Lecturer
  • General Adult Psychiatry: Consultant
  • MRC: Research Fellow

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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