Studying at the Division of Psychiatry


Doctoral Research Degree

PhD Degree

The Division of Psychiatry provides a broad range of postgraduate opportunities has an excellent record of winning fellowship awards for postgraduate study, with grants from the Medical Research council (MRC), National Istitute Health Research (NIHR), Wellcome Trust and Department of Health. There are currently about 45 postgraduate research degree students in the department.


Postgraduate Master of Research Course

MRes in Brain Sciences

One of the unique features of the MRes in Brain Sciences is the Contemporary Topics in Brain Science Research module which comprises a series of Master Classes delivered by experts from across the Faculty of Brain Sciences. In addition, students have the unique opportunity to undertake an extensive empirical research project in any of the six Institutes and Divisions of the Faculty. Click here to find out more about the MRes in Brain Sciences course.


Postgraduate Taught Masters Courses

Dementia (Mental Health Pathway) MSc

This new masters (MSc) offered by the UCL Division of Psychiatry tackles one of the biggest global health problems facing society today. It provides research based and cutting-edge training in the study of dementia and its scientific basis. Students learn about the prevention, detection and management of dementia from international leading researchers. This course is also being offered as a Neuroscience Pathway by the Institute of Neurology, enabling students to tailor their learning to their particular professional development needs: we welcome both clinicians and non-clinical scientists. *We are delighted to announce the Jost Leuschner MSc in Dementia Scholarship, that is available to students applying on the mental health pathway of the MSc Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research. To find out more and apply for the Jost Leuschner MSc Dementia scholarship, click here.*

Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc

The UCL Division of Psychiatry is pleased to offer this 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.

Mental Health Sciences Research MSc

This 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.


Undergraduate Courses

MBBS Course

Members of the Division of Psychiatry teach on the UCL Medical School MBBS course, covering areas such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, and Psychosis. This teaching is in lecture and small group format, and from an early stage students attend clinical sessions within the NHS Trusts allied to UCL, which include Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Barnet Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, and North East London NHS Foundation Trust. Typical clinical placements for medical students include attending a Memory Clinic, sitting in on ward rounds on an acute psychiatric ward, or accompanying a clinician on a home visit.

In addition to supervising UCL Medical School undergraduates who wish to gain a publication by conducting a systematic review or survey, we also supervise other UCL undergraduates, for example those studying Human Sciences, in dissertations relating to mental health. If you would like to conduct such an undergraduate project do feel free to contact any of us directly, having looked through the webpages describing individuals’ research interests.


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