Mental Health Sciences Research MSc (2023)

London, Bloomsbury

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.

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UK tuition fees (2023/24)



Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)



Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.


1 calendar year

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2 calendar years

5 calendar years

Applications accepted

All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications close at 5pm UK time

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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.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This programme will equip you with the research skills needed to undertake doctoral-level research and/or to collaborate in major research projects. You will produce a piece of original research ready to submit for publication, and will acquire current knowledge of cutting-edge research in mental health.

You will undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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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.

Compulsory modules

  • PSBS0002 Core Principles of Mental Health Research (double module) - 30 credits
  • PSBS0008 Practical Statistics for Mental Health Research - 15 credits

Optional modules

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

  • PSBS0003 Current Research in Dementia - 15 credits
  • PSBS0004 Current Research in Depression and Anxiety -
  • PSBS0005 Current Research in Psychosis and Bipolar -
  • PSBS0006 Neuroscience of Mental Health -
  • PSBS0007 Mental Health Care: Policy and Evaluation -
  • PSBS0009 Current Research in Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities -
  • PSBS0010 Culture in the Clinic -
  • PSBS0011 Advanced treatment and management of Dementia -
  • PSBS0012 Mental Health in Social and Global Context -
  • PSBS0013 Epidemiological Research Methods in Mental Health -
  • PSBS0020 Current Research in Psychological Trauma and PTSD -
  • PSBS0021 Current Research in Children's and Young People's Mental Health -

Other approved modules

  • Health Inequalities across the Life course (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)
  • Orany 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.

Final report

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.

Student publications based on Research Projects and Research Placements

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Who this course is for

The programme is designed for academically inclined mental health professionals, including trainees, and for graduates with excellent degrees in psychology and other relevant disciplines who have already obtained some post-graduation experience in mental health. A high-level of interest in the principles and practicalities of carrying out research is needed.

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What this course will give you

UCL has a cluster of international research leaders in mental health in fields including genetics, epidemiology, and applied clinical research. Optional modules provide an entrance to other renowned departments at UCL e.g. in neuroscience and epidemiology.

The programme is strongly focused on student participation and acquisition of the practical skills needed to embark on a career in research. The wide range of research interests within our division allows us to offer a programme that integrates biological and psychosocial approaches.

We offer opportunities to get involved in the work of internationally significant research groups in a stimulating, friendly and supportive atmosphere.

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The foundation of your career


As a graduate of this programme you will be equipped with strong practical research skills and understanding of the current status and direction of mental health research in your area of interest, preparing you to pursue doctoral studies, including through applications for nationally funded fellowships.

Clinicians will be equipped to participate fully in collaborative studies and to begin to function as independent investigators. For those without clinical qualifications, the programme is likely to assist you in embarking on a career in mental health research by obtaining research posts and opportunities for PhD places.

You will be taught by and carry out projects with leading researchers at the cutting-edge of their fields, learning about research directly from experts rather than from textbooks. Previous Division of Psychiatry MSc graduates have had a strong track record of publishing papers based on their research projects in peer-reviewed journals, and of going on to further academic posts and to doctoral studies.

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.


Compulsory modules

Core Principles of Mental Health Research

Final Project (Research Project)

Practical Statistics for Mental Health 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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research.


We do not have formal assessed placements as part of the course, but many students spend a day a week volunteering in NHS or clinical research settings for all or part of the course, and we are happy to help people find suitable settings in which to undertake this voluntary experience.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students

Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £14,100 £7,050
Tuition fees (2023/24) £35,000 £17,500

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Division of Psychiatry bursaries and small scholarships are available each year. NOCLOR (North Central London Research Consortium) also funds awards for staff of trusts in North London and Camden. Islington NHS Foundation Trust also provides scholarships for its staff. Please see this link for more info: course can be included in a 1+3 application to the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London ESRC Doctoral School.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

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Next steps

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Mental Health Sciences Research at graduate level
  • why you want to study Mental Health Sciences Research 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found on this Selecting your references page.

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