This is the first MSc Mental Health Research in the UK to cover a broad range of topics within the mental health field combined with a focus on developing research skills in this field.

The course can be completed on a full-time basis over one year or a part-time basis over two years.

The course consists of 120 credits of taught modules and a further 60 credits are devoted to a research project.

Students can opt to complete the diploma (120 credits of taught modules) or certificate (60 credits of taught modules) instead of the MSc.

Clinical and research career progression

The course has been designed to suit students pursuing two main career paths within mental health:

  1. A clinical or clinical-academic route or,
  2. A research-focused academic route

The course can also further the professional development of those who are working in a mental health setting in the UK or overseas.

Wide range of research projects

We offer a wide range of research projects in diverse areas of mental health reflecting the breadth of research expertise in the Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology. The topics include adult mental health (mood disorder, psychosis, PTSD and trauma), forensic mental health, child and adolescent mental health (particularly neurodevelopmental disorders and psychological development), ageing and dementia.

Students can also choose from projects offering a range of research methods, including neuroimaging, neuropsychology, qualitative and mixed methods and clinical interviews. Students work closely with their project supervisor to learn the relevant research methods and enhance their scientific knowledge of the topic area. Often, students are attached to ongoing large-scale clinical studies.

We also offer opportunities for students to develop their own project idea with a supervisor. We are also willing to support overseas students carrying out a project in their home country when it is feasible to do so.

International expert faculty

You will be taught by experts from across all the main disciplines of mental health who are also linked with the Institute of Mental Health, one of the leading mental health institutes in the UK, offering leadership and innovation backed by world-class expertise. The IMH is a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare and the University of Nottingham.

What you will learn

On the MSc Mental Health Research you will:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of all the main areas of mental health
  • develop knowledge of the assessment and treatment of mental health conditions, that can be transferred to other settings, including mental health systems in other countries
  • learn how to design, conduct and write up a research project for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • conduct a piece of research that addresses a core research question in mental health
  • learn to critically appraise current research in the field of mental health
  • learn how to work with others from different disciplines, including science, healthcare and education

Who can apply?

Applications will be considered from graduates with at least a 2.1 degree (or international equivalent) in Psychology, Medicine or a related discipline.

Careers and Professional Development

The MSc Mental Health Research will provide excellent training and an internationally recognised qualification for those wishing to further their career in mental health.

Graduates from the MSc Mental Health Research have secured Assistant Psychologist and Well-being Practitioner positions in NHS Trusts around the UK and others have successfully secured funded PhD studentships.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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Last updated February 5, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
21,375 GBP
International - UK/EU: £7,290
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