Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
- Flexible: (2-5 years)
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
- £23,020 (FT) £11,460 (PT)
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.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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.
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 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).
- Students who take the Clinical Mental Health module will choose at least one option (15 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
- Culture in the Clinic
- Advanced Treatment and Management of Dementia (only to be taken if Current Research in Dementia has already been taken)
- 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). Note that due to timetable clashes only one Institute of Child Health module may be taken by each student. Approved options, from across UCL, include:
- Ethnicity, Migration and Health (Department of Epidemiological and Social Methods in Public Health)
- Social Determinants of Health (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health)
- Higher Functions of the Brain (Institute of Neurology)
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Child Mental Health (UCL Institute of Child Health)
- Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Psychological (UCL Institute of Child Health)
- Quality Improvements in Health (UCL CHIME)
- Neuroimaging: Introductory Science and Methods (Institute of Neurology)
- Neuroimaging: Imaging Modalities (Institute of Neurology)
- Treatment in Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Pharmacological (UCL Institute of Child Health)
- (Note that due to timetable clashes only one UCL Institute of Child Health module may be taken by each student)
All students undertake a final project. This may be a research project, to be reported as a paper of 6,000-8,000 words ready for submission to a specified journal, a blog of 1,000 words and a 20-minute talk, or a clinical project of 10,000 words reporting on a clinical topic or service evaluation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops, with considerable use of 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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
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 Division of Psychiatry 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.
Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 110 staff › 90 taught students › 40 research students
Department: Division of Psychiatry
Application and next steps
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?
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.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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