July Open Day (2014) - UCL Division of Psychiatry

  • Are you interested in studying in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL?
  • Have you been offered a place on or do you plan to apply for the new MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research or MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences?
  • Would you like to meet some of the course staff on our new MScs?
  • Would you like to hear some more details about the modules on our new MScs?

The event will be taking place on 21st July between 13.30 and 17.00. 

We will be holding this event at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies building at 16 TAVITON STREET, LONDON, WC1H 0BW – room 347


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.

Degree Summary

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.

Degree Structure

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).


  • 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.

Degree Faculty

Modules on the course are organised by the senior academic staff in the Division of Psychiatry: almost all are jointly responsible for a module. Many of the academics in the Division are internationally recognised leaders in their research fields, and research in the Division encompasses a broad range of perspectives on mental health. Particular strengths are in genetics, epidemiology, and applied clinical research. The health problems on which research in the Division focuses include dementia, psychosis, learning disability and depression and anxiety.

Thus our course, to which we plan to recruit relatively small numbers of students, will provide a great deal of opportunity for contact with senior researchers who are also immersed in clinical work. For projects, there will be opportunities to be involved in the work of research groups led by our academics. We can also help students arrange placements in clinical or research settings.

The core of our teaching will be delivered by our own staff, but other leading experts are being invited to give specific lectures. Mental health service users, carers and clinicians will also be teaching on the course, especially in the Clinical Mental Health module. Optional modules provide opportunities to be taught by a variety of other UCL research leaders, especially in neuroscience and in epidemiology.

The Programme Director is Professor Sonia Johnson, who leads a research programme investigating what interventions are effective for serious mental health problems like psychosis and who has a great deal of experience in post-graduate teaching and supervision. Dr Vasiliki Orgeta, a senior researcher in our Division, is course coordinator, and Mrs Chris Coup is the full-time Course Administrator.


Optional modules from other Faculties and Departments

Subject to timetable constraints and availability, students are free to select any post-graduate level modules at UCL that is in any way relevant to the course: approval for Modules other than those below will be given by the Course Director or Deputy Course Director.

The following optional modules have already been approved for inclusion in the course and their compatibility with the course timetable has provisionally been established:

Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Institute of Neurology

UCL Medical School Modules


Division of Psychiatry Scholarships:

We aim to award these scholarships to the applicants who appear most promising as future researchers in mental health. The scholarships will be worth £2,000 for students registering full time and £1,000 for those registering on flexible or part time pathways. Names of award-winners will be announced on our website. To be considered for these scholarships, please apply for the MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research or the MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences and please also send to Mrs Chris Coup, MSc Course Administrator at, a 1,000 word statement summarising:

(a) your research achievements so far;

(b) how you envisage research being part of your future career;

(c) what topic in mental health you would like to research in future, why, and how you would approach it. Awards will be made on the basis of these statements and your application forms for the MSc.

Applications need to be received by 1 August, and candidates need also to have applied for the MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research or Clinical Mental Health Sciences.

Mode of Study

Mode of study

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

Your 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.


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.


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: 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 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.


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Can students outside the UK or European Union apply?

Yes, the course is open to international students. See the course’s Entry Requirements

How do I apply?

Click through from the graduate prospectus to this screen

Use the following search terms to see this course

  • Keyword(s): "Mental"
  • Department: "Division of Psychiatry"

Where can I receive information about help with fees?

Useful information about funding for postgraduate students can be found here:

Unfortunately we are not able to offer any specific funding linked to the course.

What is the difference between the Clinical Mental Health Sciences and the Mental Health Sciences Research course?

The two courses are relatively similar with many shared modules, but slightly different in emphasis. The Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc has a stronger focus on developing clinical knowledge. For those who do not yet have a great deal of clinical experience, we are currently designing a very engaging and practical double clinical module which is compulsory for people who do not yet have the equivalent of six months full time experience in a clinical setting. This should very much enrich your understanding of mental health problems, how people experience them and how they are treated. We can also help to arrange clinical and research internships in our Division and its allied Trusts.

For experienced clinicians, including psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists, the broad range of options within and outside our Division allows selection of an advanced training programme that is tailored to individual interests.

The MSc Mental Health Sciences Research requires students already to have substantial clinical experience, and all students take statistics and at least 4 other modules in research methods, with final projects always taking the form of a research project.

There is some flexibility to change between the two courses for students meeting the requirements for both.

Will applicants be interviewed before being selected?

Some applicants will be asked to attend an interview.

Do I need to identify a research project and a Supervisor prior to applying for the course?

No you don’t. We’d like to hear a bit about your main interests and it’s never too early to think of potential areas of interest. However we do not need you to have a specific project or supervisor. Indeed for this course a range of options is offered for the final project: it does not necessarily have to be a piece of research but could also be a highly quality service evaluation or discussion of a clinical topic.

Will I receive help with my application?

You are free to contact us so we can provide you with advice on your application and questions on entry requirements.

I am currently in the final year of my undergraduate studies? Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, we encourage students to apply, offers will be conditional on a good final performance in their degrees..

Will my final project be in an area that I am interested in?

Your final project may be a research project, but could also take another form such as a review, a service evaluation or a briefing on a clinical topic. We try to match students’ research interests with those of available.

We try to match students’ interests with those of available supervisors.

Will I have the opportunity to publish my research project?

We have a strong tradition and an excellent record of previous Masters students publishing their research. Details can be found below in "Published MSc Studies".

Published MSc Studies

Selected papers based on MSc dissertations from our Division:

Afia Ali

Ali, A., Strydom, A., Hassiotis, A., Williams, R., & King, M. (2008). A measure of perceived stigma in people with intellectual disability. Br J Psychiatry, 193(5), 410-415 Link

Laura Allison

Allison, L. & Moncrieff, J. (in press). ‘Rapid tranquilisation’: an historical perspective on its emergence in the context of the development of the development of antipsychotic medications. History of Psychiatry.

Diana Andrea-Barron

Andrea-Barron, D., Strydom, A., & Hassiotis, A. (2008). What to tell and how to tell: a qualitative study of information sharing in research for adults with intellectual disability. J Med Ethics,34(6), 501-506 Link

Jose Carbonell

J, Allen R, Kalsi G, McQuillin A, Livingston G, Katona C, Walker Z, Katz A, Rands G, Stevens T, Crossan I, Curtis D, Gurling H (2003). Variation in the DCP1 gene,encoding the angiotensin converting enzyme ACE, is not associated with increased susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease. Psychiatric Genetics 13 47-50 Link

Giuseppe Carrà

Carrà G and Johnson S (2009) Variations in rates and patterns of comorbid substance misuse between mental health settings and geographical areas in the UK. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 44: 429-447 Link

Carra, G, Johnson S, Bebbington P et al. (2012) The lifetime and past-year prevalence of dual diagnosis in people with schizophrenia across Europe: findings from the European Schizophrenia Cohort (EuroSC) Epub ahead of print European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience.

Diana Chan

Diana ChanChan, D and Livingston, G and Jones, L and Sampson, EL (2012) Grief reactions in dementia carers: A systematic review. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2012 Mar 8. doi: 10.1002/gps.3795.;jsessionid=79906E09D9234D117203DFFB72D92A03.d01t04

Claudia Cooper

Cooper C, Robertson MMR, Livingston G (2003) Psychological Morbidity and Caregiver *Burden* in Parents of Children with Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome compared with Parents of Children with Asthma Journal of the American academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 42 (11) 1370-5 Link

Mary-Anne Cotton

Cotton MA, Johnson S, Bindman J., Sandor A, White IR, Thornicroft G, Nolan F, Pilling S, Hoult J, McKenzie N and Bebbington P (2007) An investigation of factors associated with hospital admission despite the presence of crisis resolution teams. BMC Psychiatry Link

Nadia Dabbagh

Dabbagh N, Johnson S, Blizard R and King M (2011) Muslim adolescent mental health in the UK: an exploratory cross-sectional school survey. International Journal and Mental Health Epub ahead of print.

Kalpana Dein

Dein K, Livingston G, Bench C (2007) Why did I become a psychiatrist? Psychiatric Bulletin 31 227-230 Link

Angeles Diaz Caneja

Diaz Caneja A and Johnson S (2006) The views and experiences of severely mentally ill mothers. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 39: 472-482 Link

Dominic Dougall

Watson S, Gallagher P, Dougall D, Porter R, Moncrieff J, Ferrier IN, Young AH. (2013) Childhood trauma in bipolar disorder. Aust NZJ Psychiatry, epub ahead of print, Dec 16th 2013 Link

Yogesh Ganeshilingham

Ganeshelingham Y, Cooper C, Livingston G (2008) Variation in referral patterns and acetylcholinesterase inhibitor prescribing for patients with cognitive impairment from 1999-2007: the relationship with NICE guidelines. Psychiatric Bulletin 32: 265 - 267 Link

Ratna Ghosh

Ghosh R and Killaspy H (2010) A national survey of assertive community treatment services. Journal of Mental Health Early

Nicola Higgins

Higgins N, Livingston G and Katona C (2004) Concordance therapy: An intervention to help older people take antidepressants Journal of Affective Disorders 81(3):287-91  Link

Kiziya Iwatu

Insight and other predictors of physical examination refusal in psychotic illness. Journal of Mental Helath August 2011, Vol. 20, No. 4 , Pages 319-327

Sarah Jonas

Jonas, S, Bebbington, P., McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Jenkins, R., Kuipers, E., Cooper, C., King, M. and Brugha, T. (2010) Sexual abuse in England: results from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. E(Pub) ahead of publication Psychological Medicine Link

Katherine Kasiakogia-Worlley

Kasiakogia-Worlley K, McQuillin A, Lydall GJ, Patel S, Kottalgi G, Gunwardena P, Cherian R, Rao H, Hillman A, Gobikrishnan N, Douglas E, Qureshi SY, Jauhar S, Ball D, Okane A, Owens L, Dedman A, Sharp SI, Kandaswamy R, Guerrini I, Thomson AD, Smith I, Dar K, Morgan MY, Gurling HM. (2011). Lack of allelic association between markers at the DRD2 and ANKK1 gene loci with the alcohol-dependence syndrome and criminal activity. Psychiatr Genet. 323-4 Link

Barnaby Major

Major B, Hinton M, Flint A, Chalmers-Brown A, McLoughlin K and Johnson S. (2010) Evidence of the effectiveness of a specialist vocational intervention following first episode psychosis: a naturalistic prospective cohort study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 45: 1-8 Link

Steven Marwaha

Marwaha S and Livingston G (2002) Stigma, racism or choice. Why do ethnic elders avoid psychiatrists? Journal of Affective Disorders 72-73 257-265 Link

Kate Maxmin

Maxmin K, Cooper C, Potter L, Livingston G (2009) Mental capacity to consent to treatment and admission decisions in older adult psychiatric inpatients. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 24: 1367-1375 Link

Naaheed Mukadam

Mukadam, N and Cooper, C and Basit, B and Livingston, G (2011) Why do ethnic elders present later to UK dementia services? A qualitative study. International Psychogeriatrics , 23 (7) 1070 - 1077. 10.1017/S1041610211000214.

Mukadam, N and Cooper, C and Livingston, G (2011) A systematic review of ethnicity and pathways to care in dementia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry , 26 (1) 12 - 20. 10.1002/gps.2484.

Sara Minot

Bebbington, P.E., Cooper, C., Minot, S., Brugha, T.S., Jenkins R., Meltzer, H. & Dennis, M. Suicide attempts, gender and sexual abuse: Data from the British psychiatric morbidity survey 2000. American Journal of Psychiatry, 166: 1135-114 Link

Tanya Nelson

Nelson T, Johnson S and Bebbington P (2009) Satisfaction an burnout among staff of crisis resolution, assertive outreach and community mental health teams. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 46: 541-549Matthew ParadiseParadise M, Walker Z, Cooper C, Regan C, Blizard R, Katona C, Livingston G (2009) Prediction of survival in Alzheimer’s disease– The LASER-AD longitudinal study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 24 (7): 739-47 Link

Matthew Paradise

Paradise M, Cooper C, Livingston G (2009) Systematic Review of the effect of eduction on survival in  Alzheimer’s disease International Psychogeriatrics 21:1; 25-32 Link

Tor Pettit

Pettit T, Livingston G, Manela M, Kitchen G, Bowling A, Katona C, (2001) Validation and norms in health status instruments in older people: The Islington study. International J of Geriatric Psychiatry 16, 11, 1061-1070 Link

Ciaran Regan

Regan C, Katona C, Walker Z and Livingston G (2005). Exercise and depression in Alzheimer’s disease. The LASER-AD study. Int Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 20 261-268 Link

Barbora Richardson

Richardson B, Kitchen G and Livingston G (2002) The effect of education on knowledge and practice in suspected abuse of older people: a randomized controlled trial. Age and Ageing 31: 335-341 Link

Barbora Richardson

Richardson B, Kitchen G, Livingston G (2003) Developing the KAMA Knowledge and management of abuse) Instrument. Age and Ageing 32 286-291 Link

Andre Strydom

Strydom A, Hassiotis and Livingston G (2005) Mental Health and social care needs of older people with LD-early findings. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability18 229-235 Link

Martin Schmidt

Schmidt MM, Sharma A, Schifano F and Feinmann C (2010) Legal highs on the net - evaluation of UK-based products, websites and product information. Forensic Science

Sharif Ghali

Ghali, S., Fisher, H. L., Joyce, J., Major, B., Hobbs, L., Soni, S., ... & Johnson, S. (2013). Ethnic variations in pathways into early intervention services for psychosis. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 202(4), 277-283. Link


Tuition fees

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

Next steps


Dr Vasiliki Orgeta

T: +44 (0)20 7679 9294


Division of Psychiatry

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