The MSc Mental Health Research is suitable for graduates, trainees and professionals looking to acquire specialist knowledge in psychology and mental health, and develop advanced research methods skills, with a view to enhancing career progression.
Applications will be considered from graduates with at least a 2.1 in Psychology, Medicine or a related discipline.
On our MSc Mental Health Research you will:
- develop knowledge and understanding of all the main areas of mental health
- learn how to design, conduct and write up a research project for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
- be taught by international experts from across all the main disciplines of 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
Frequently asked questions
1. Are there any scholarships available?
2. Is the course accredited by the BPS?
The course is not currently accredited by the BPS. In fact, at the moment, the BPS does not accredit MSc courses that fall within the area of clinical psychology. They are planning to introduce accreditation of these courses in the near future and we will apply for accreditation when this happens. We have designed the course to provide the skills and knowledge needed by students who are intending to pursue a career in clinical psychology or other areas of mental health.
3. How is the course structured for part-time students?
We talk to each part time applicant to decide how to structure the timetable to best suit their other commitments. We recommend that part time students complete all the research methods modules in year 1 as this provides very useful preparation for the research project which is completed in year 2.
4. Can I apply if I have my undergraduate degree is not in Psychology?
You are welcome to apply to the MSc MHR if your degree is in a subject other than Psychology. Your application will be sent to the Course Director for consideration. The Course Director will review the modules that you completed in your degree and any relevant work experience and will then decide whether this is the right MSc course for you. If you are unsure whether or not to apply and would like to talk to someone first, please contact the course team directly and we will be happy to advise.
5. What is the closing date for applications?
We are able to accept new applications until 4pm Friday 2nd September 2016. If this date has passed and you want to submit an application, please contact the course team directly.
6. What research projects do you offer?
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.
7. I have been out of education for a few years. What support do you provide to students returning to education?
We offer a wide range of support including a personal tutor who will review your progress each term and discuss effective study skills strategies with you to help you reach your potential. We also provide all students with a chance to practice and review their essay writing skills during the first few weeks of term by completing a piece of work that is not formally assessed, but is marked by a member of staff who provides detailed feedback outlining the strengths and weaknesses. Our students find this very valuable, particularly those who are returning to education. Finally, you will be able to access the support services offered by the University; these include support with study skills development and academic writing.
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.
The University of Nottingham offers advice on funding opportunities that are available to UK/EU and international students, to support fee payment and living costs while you study.
Find out more.
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
The MSc Mental Health Research will provide excellent training and an internationally recognised qualification for those wishing to further their career in mental health.
Former postgraduate students in the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology have gone on to complete research degrees (PhD), secure Clinical Academic Fellowships and clinical lectureship positions. One former student was recently awarded one of the prestigious and highly competitive Wellcome Trust clinical fellowships to conduct further research following on from his MSc project.
What our students say
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 98% of postgraduates in the School of Medicine who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,261 with the highest being £75,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.