Taught course

Psychiatric Research

King's College London · Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. Psychology, social science or health science); or a registrable qualification appropriate to the programme in medicine ; or a professional mental health qualification. A 2:2 degree will be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit in a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of the MSc in Psychiatric Research is to provide advanced training in the scientific and ethical principles common to all mental health research disciplines, together with skills in statistics, epidemiology methods and both biological and social methodology. The Programme is aimed at psychiatrists, psychologists, other mental health practitioners (nurses and psychotherapists), and those students with no clinical background interested in a career that involves mental health research. The rigorous training in research methods will suit both UK and international students wishing to prepare for a career in research, or combine clinical activities with research, or pursue a PhD or training in clinical psychology or further professional development.

The Programme gives equal priority to social, epidemiological and biological research methods, emphasising the interface between these approaches, but its modular structure allows you to focus on any of the areas. The course has a practical orientation, developing skills in critical appraisal of existing research, hypothesis formulation, study design, data gathering, research management, data analysis, writing research reports and scientific publications.

The Programme consists of a core study module covering Study Design, Basic Epidemiology and Statistics, and several optional study modules, including Neuroimaging, Psychiatric Genetics, Clinical Trials in Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology and Brain Behaviour Interface. You will be learning from leading experts at the cutting edge of psychiatric research.

Information for international students

For students whose first language is not English please visit our website for further information: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/pg/apply/langreq.html

Fees and funding

Self-funded or funded by employer. If you are looking for additional sources of funding, please visit the student funding database.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Katerina Koutsantoni
+44 (0)207 848 0497