Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc


The UCL Division of Psychiatry is pleased to offer this new programme focused on clinical practice in mental health and its evidence base. The Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc caters both for psychology graduates and for clinicians wishing to undertake a broad-based and highly flexible higher degree with options to enhance clinical practice, management skills and research knowledge.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years
  • Flexible (2-5 years)

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,800

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of current evidence regarding mental health problems and the interventions provided to address them, as well as enhancing their research skills. A wide range of options from across the School of Life and Medical Sciences at UCL allows students to tailor a programme that fully fits their needs.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a cluster of international experts in mental health, including in genetics, epidemiology, and applied clinical research, and most are also clinicians. We are able to offer a broad programme encompassing both cutting-edge research and a clinical perspective.

The programme is strongly focused on student participation, with much use of small-group learning, and the environment in the Division of Psychiatry is stimulating, friendly and supportive.

A wide range of options at UCL allows programmes to be tailored to students’ needs and interests in clinical, research and management domains.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of 1–2 core double modules (30–60 credits), 4–6 optional modules (60–90 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Core Principles of Mental Health Research (double module)
  • Clinical Mental Health (double module – compulsory only for those who do not have at least six months’ full-time experience, or the equivalent, of working in mental health settings).

Options

  • Students who take the Clinical Mental Health module will select at least two modules (30 credits) from the following:
  • Current Research in Depression and Anxiety
  • Current Research in Dementia
  • Current Research in Learning Disability
  • Current Research in Psychosis
  • Mental Health Services – Policy, Design and Evaluation
  • Please note: Students who do not take the Clinical Mental Health module will select at least three modules (45 credits) from the above list.
  • Any UCL modules approved by the Programme Director can be selected to make up the remaining credit(s). Already approved are:
  • Clinical Quality and Decision Making (UCL CHIME)
  • Epidemiology and Social Methods in Mental Health (double module)
  • Ethnicity, Migration and Health (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health)
  • Health Inequalities across the Lifecourse (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health)
  • Higher Functions of the Brain (Institute of Neurology)
  • Introduction to Biological Research in Mental Health
  • Leadership and Professional Development (UCL CHIME)
  • Neuroimaging: Introductory Science and Methods (Institute of Neurology)
  • Neuroimaging: Imaging Modalities (Institute of Neurology)
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare (UCL CHIME)
  • Social Determinants of Global Health (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health)
  • Statistical Methods in Mental Health

Research project/report

All students undertake an independent research project, review or evaluation which culminates in a report of up to 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars and practical workshops, with some supporting online learning. Assessment methods include one unseen examination, coursework including designing questionnaires and protocols and analysing data, giving talks and presenting posters, and a final report in the format of a journal paper or brief for clinicians or service planners.

Further details available on subject website:


Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

An upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related scientific or social science discipline, or a professional health qualification (medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Candidates who do not have at least six months’ full-time work experience (or the equivalent) in a mental health service setting or in clinical mental health research are required to take the Clinical Mental Health double module.

Candidates must also meet UCL’s standard English language proficiency requirements.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level:

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed both for graduates in psychology and other related subjects who wish to develop their clinically relevant knowledge and skills in the area of mental health, and for mental health practitioners, including trainees, who wish to enhance their advanced knowledge and skills.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Clinical Mental Health Sciences at graduate level
  • why you want to study Clinical Mental Health Sciences at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging 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.


Career

For non-clinicians, the programme will be an excellent grounding for clinical training, such as in clinical psychology, or for research worker posts. For clinicians, this is a great opportunity to gain a higher qualification through a programme based in a leading university department which can be closely tailored to your interests across clinical, research and management fields.

Employability

Students will be taught by leading experts in their fields, will gain a strong clinical understanding of mental health, and will be able to develop their skills in research, service design and evaluation, and writing and presenting. Previous Mental Health Sciences’ Master’s graduates have been enthusiastic about their career enhancement, both through their programme and the connections they have made through it. We look forward to supporting the careers of a wider range of students on this new programme.


Next steps

Contact

Dr Vasiliki Orgeta

T: +44 (0)20 7679 9294

W: Division of Psychiatry

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