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
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- Overseas Part-time: £10,800
- All applicants: 1 August 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).
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:
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.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
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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 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
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.
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.
"I was able to collaborate with a great international faculty as part of my research project. The collaborative efforts continue even to this day, for which I am eternally grateful to UCL."
Dr Suraj Rajan
Neurology PG Resident, University of Missouri, USA, 2012
Subject: Neurology, Faculty: Brain Sciences
"A particularly valuable aspect of my degree is that I am part of UCL’s vast neuroscience community. This provides great networking opportunities and gives me the chance to learn from world-leading academics and experts in my field."
Degree: Visual Neuroscience PhD
Subject: Ophthalmology, Faculty: Brain Sciences
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