Masters | Postgraduate Course - Psychiatric Research MSc, PG Cert Course Details within King's College London

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
Course Fees
Full time Home/EU fees: MSc - £12,300 per year (2019/20); PG Cert - £2,050 per year (2019/20)<br /> Full time overseas fees: MSc - £28,500 per year (2019/20); PG Cert - £4,750 per year (2019/20)<br /> Part time Home/EU fees: MSc - £6,150 per year (2019/20); PG Cert - £2,050 per year (2019/20)<br /> Part time overseas fees: MSc - £14,250 per year (2019/20); PG Cert - £4,750 per year (2019/20)
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Psychiatric Research MSc, PG Cert

Study Details

MSc/PGCert One year FT & Two years PT

We are proud to have been awarded an IoPPN Excellence Award in 2018 for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Education Survey (PTES).

Learn how research has developed our understanding of mental health. Then explore how these discoveries can be used to help prevent, diagnose or develop new treatments.  

Whether you’ve recently finished your undergraduate degree or already have a few years of experience, we’ll help you explore a range of methodologies including clinical trials, neuroimaging and genetics. 

Key benefits 

  • Join a course with a 100% overall student satisfaction (postgraduate experience taught survey 2017) 
  • Learn from our vast expertise and experience with small class sizes 
  • Complete a clinical placement working with young people, inpatients, people with personality disorders or other groups affected by mental health issues 
  • Develop research skills, apply them to your dissertation and join one of the IoPNN research teams 
  • Study surrounded by the expertise and facilities of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, MRC Social & Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre, and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre


To help you get the most out of this course, we make your learning interactive. Not only will you join us at lectures, you’ll explore ideas and discuss research at seminars, tutorials and computer lab sessions too.  

Our small class sizes might seem intimidating at first. But with a friendly community around you, you’ll quickly realise that everyone is open to hearing different opinions and learning from others' experiences.  

We’re confident this style of teaching works because our students consistently rate the course highly.  

Find out more by joining us at one of our Postgraduate Open Evenings

Module details

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. 
You are required to take:

  • Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health (60 credits)
  • Biological Psychiatry (30 credits)
  • Therapeutic Research in Psychiatry (30 credits)
  • Prediction Modelling (0 credits)
  • Horizons in Psychiatric Research (0 credits)
  • Research Dissertation (60 credits)

Required modules: PGCert Psychiatric Research

Students on the PGCert Psychiatric Research are required to take: (60 credits) 

  • Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health (60 credits)

Optional Modules

  • There are no optional modules 

Entry Requirements

2:1 Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology, neuroscience, pharmacology, 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.

Student Destinations

Some graduates work in clinical care or secure psychologist posts, while others work in academic research. In fact, a number of current IoPPN staff and PhD students are graduates from this MSc.

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from King’s graduates and PhD students to find out what career path they decided to take and what their day-to-day responsibilities involve.

Whatever you decide to do next, we’re here to give you the support you need – whether that’s help writing your CV or guidance completing a PhD/DClinPsy applications.