This programme offers a stimulating and practical training in mental health research. The UCL Division of Psychiatry offers teaching and supervision from leaders in international research in fields from neuroscientific to social and epidemiological, along with a range of relevant options from other leading UCL departments. This diversity of options allows students to tailor a programme that closely fits their needs.
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 acquire current knowledge of cutting-edge research in mental health.
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).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Core Principles of Mental Health Research (double module)
- Statistical Methods in Mental Health
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
- Culture in the Clinic
- Current Research in Depression and Anxiety
- Current Research in Dementia
- Current Research in Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
- Current Research in Psychosis and Bipolar
- Current Research in Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health
- Current Research in Psychological Trauma and PTSD
- Epidemiological Research Methods in Mental Health
- Neuroscience Research in Mental Health
- Mental Health Care: Policy and Evaluation
- Mental Health in Social and Global Context
- Advanced treatment and management of dementia
Other approved modules
- 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.
All students undertake a final research project. This is reported as a research paper of up to 7,000 words ready for submission to a specified journal, a blog of 1,000 words and a 20-minute talk.
Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, with considerable use of supporting online learning. Assessment methods include unseen exams, coursework including designing questionnaires and systematic review strategies, developing protocols, analysing data, giving talks and presenting posters. There is a strong emphasis on developing practical research skills.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
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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.
Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year Part time: 2 years Flexible: up to 2-5 years
All applicants – Open: 9 November 2020 / Close: 30 July 2021
Tuition fees (2021/22)
UK: £12,500 (FT) / £6,250 (PT)
Overseas: £31,200 (FT) / £15,600 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
( https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught-degrees/mental-health-sciences-research-msc )