Mental Health Sciences Research MSc


This new programme offers a stimulating and practical training in mental health research. The UCL Division of Psychiatry delivers teaching by leaders in the field of international research, working across the spectrum of mental health – from the biological to the social and epidemiological. This diversity is reflected in the wide range of options available, allowing students to tailor a programme that fully fits their needs.


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 September 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

This programme will equip students with the research skills needed to undertake doctoral-level research and/or to collaborate in major research projects. They will produce a piece of original research ready to submit for publication, and will possess current knowledge of cutting-edge research in mental health.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a cluster of international research leaders in mental health in fields including genetics, epidemiology, and applied clinical research. Optional modules provide an entrance to other renowned departments at UCL e.g. in neuroscience and epidemiology.

The programme is strongly focused on student participation and acquisition of the practical skills needed to embark on a career in research. The wide range of research interests within our division allows us to offer a programme that integrates biological and psychosocial approaches.

We offer opportunities to get involved in the work of internationally significant research groups in a stimulating, friendly and supportive atmosphere.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Core Principles of Mental Health Research (double module)
  • Statistical Methods in Mental Health

Options

  • Students will select at least 60 credits from the following modules of which at least 30 credits must be from the Division of Psychiatry’s own modules:
  • Division of Psychiatry modules
  • Current Research in Depression and Anxiety
  • Current Research in Dementia
  • Current Research in Learning Disability
  • Current Research in Psychosis
  • Epidemiological and Social Methods in Mental Health (double module)
  • Introduction to Biological Research in Mental Health
  • Mental Health Services – Policy, Design and Evaluation
  • Other approved modules
  • Cellular and Molecular Modules of Disease (Institute of Neurology)
  • Ethnicity, Migration and Health (Department of Epidemiology & Public Health)
  • Health Inequalities across the Lifecourse (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health)
  • Higher Functions of the Brain (Institute of Neurology)
  • Neuroimaging: Introductory Science and Methods (Institute of Neurology)
  • Neuroimaging: Imaging Modalities (Institute of Neurology)
  • Social Determinants of Global Health (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health)
  • Or any other module approved by the Programme Director as having a large research component relevant to mental health.
  • The final 15 credits may be obtained from any available module at UCL, subject to the Programme Director approving the overall selection for each student.

Final report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of up to 10,000 words, presented as a paper ready to submit to a journal.

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 exam, 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.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

Two bursaries of £1,000 available awarded on basis of academic excellence.

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.

Additionally at least six months’ full-time work experience (or the equivalent) in a mental health service setting or in clinical mental health research is required.

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

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

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 September 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for academically able mental health professionals, including trainees, and for graduates with excellent degrees in psychology and other relevant disciplines who have already obtained some post-graduation experience in mental health. A high level of interest in the principles and practicalities of carrying out research is needed.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Mental Health Sciences Research at graduate level
  • why you want to study Mental Health Sciences Research 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

This new programme will equip graduates with strong practical research skills and understanding of the current status and direction of mental health research in their area of interest, preparing them to pursue doctoral studies, including through applications for nationally funded fellowships. Clinicians will be equipped to participate fully in collaborative studies and to begin to function as independent investigators. For those without clinical qualifications, the programme is likely to assist students in obtaining research posts in major centres, and when applying for training posts with a focus on research.

Employability

Students will be taught by and carry out projects with leading researchers at the cutting-edge of their fields, learning about research directly from experts rather than from textbooks. Previous Mental Health Sciences’ Master’s graduates have had a strong track record of publishing papers based on their research projects in peer-reviewed journals, and of going on to further academic posts and to doctoral studies. 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

Department

Division of Psychiatry

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