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UCL Division of Psychiatry Scholarships 2019

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We are very pleased  to announce that we can offer a small number of Division of Psychiatry Scholarships to contribute towards fees for the MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research, the MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences Research or the MSc in Dementia Causes, Treatment and Research (Mental Health), beginning in 2019-20.

We aim to award these scholarships to the applicants who appear most promising as future researchers in mental health. The scholarships will be worth up to £3,000.  Part-time or flexible students entering the second year of the course are also eligible, and can apply for a further award if successful last year (amounts are likely to be smaller for part-timers). Names of award-winners will be announced on our website. To be considered for these scholarships, please apply for a Division of Psychiatry MSc if you have not done so already (the MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences is closed, so that you are required already to be an offer holder on this course), and please also send to Mrs Chris Coup, MSc Course Administrator at c.coup@ucl.ac.uk, a 500 word statement summarising:

(a) your research achievements so far;

(b) how you envisage research being part of your future career;

(c) what topic in mental health you would like to research in future, why, and how you would approach it.

Awards will be made on the basis of these statements and your application forms for the MSc.

For continuing students entering the second year and beyond, achievements so far on the MSc can also be taken into account.

Applications need to be received by  the end of 31 August 2019. Those holding offers for the MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences, offer holders or applicants for the MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research and the MSc Dementia Causes, Treatment and Research (Mental Health), and continuing students on any programme can be considered.

Further details of our MScs:

MSc Mental Health Sciences Research

MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences

MSc Dementia Causes, Treatment and Research (Mental Health)

MSc Scholarships for North London clinical staff – 2019

rejusjo14 July 2019

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Noclor Research Support Service announces scholarships of between 20% and 50% total part time fees to support clinical staff in North London Trusts to undertake the UCL MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research commencing at the end of September 2019. Awards can be used in combination with other scholarships or study leave funding. The course provides a practical and stimulating training in research skills, appropriate for mental health professionals with a strong interest in becoming researchers/academic clinicians.

These scholarships are open only to staff working within the following affiliated Noclor Trusts:

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
East London NHS Foundation Trust
Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust
West London Mental Health Trust

 

Scholarships are especially intended for clinicians, but applications from staff without clinical qualifications who have worked in the Trusts for at least two years will also be considered. Trainees who are qualified clinicians, such as junior psychiatrists on rotation, will also be considered. Service users undertaking paid roles such as peer support workers are also encouraged to apply.

To be considered, please apply for the MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research at UCL and please also send to Mrs Chris Coup, MSc Course Administrator at c.coup@ucl.ac.uk, a CV of a maximum of 2 pages summarising your relevant achievements, especially related to research, and a 500 word statement summarising:
(a) how you envisage research being part of your future career;
(b) what topic in mental health you would like to research in future, why, and how you would approach it.

Awards will be made on this basis to both new and continuing students.

Deadline: 31 August 2019

UCL MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research

Noclor Research Support Service

Open Day for the MScs in Mental Health Sciences, UCL Division of Psychiatry

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The UCL Division of Psychiatry is holding an Open Afternoon on 15th July 2015 from 1pm until 5pm for offer holders on the MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences Research and Mental Health Sciences Research. We also welcome people who are still in the application process and would like to hear some detailed presentations about the course content, and people who are thinking seriously about applying. Lunch is from 1pm to 2pm, and there will then be presentations from the course team and module leads on the course content and structure and on student experiences at UCL.

To register to attend, please contact our course administrator Chris Coup – c.coup@ucl.ac.uk

 

Further information:

The UCL MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research

The UCL MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences

Division of Psychiatry at UCL

 

Why do a research-based MSc as a trainee psychiatrist?

rejusjo23 June 2015

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Dr Farhana Mann, Clinical Training Fellow, Division of Psychiatry, UCL makes the case for undertaking a research-based MSc alongside training in psychiatry.

I recently joined UCL (though one could argue I never really left…) in the Division of Psychiatry as a Clinical Training Fellow. I studied Medicine at UCL, undertook a BSc in Immunology here and am also an ST6 in General Adult Psychiatry on the UCL psychiatry training scheme (what can I say, it’s a great part of town…). My current role means I have the privilege of spending 50% of my working week focused on developing as a junior academic. I share a shiny new office with some of the brightest and most enthusiastic trainees in psychiatry, at various stages of their academic careers. But over the years I have met equally talented trainees with a leaning towards research, who for some reason or other have found it difficult to take that interest further. One of the things that helped me, and others who have chosen academic training, was completing the MSc in Psychiatric Research at UCL (now the MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research).

MY EXPERIENCE

I did the MSc as a core trainee, alongside MRCPsych exams and full-time clinical work. Despite the challenge of managing to get things done in time, I graduated with distinction and published two papers as first author. I would encourage other trainees not to be intimidated by the prospect of taking on a project alongside busy jobs – it is definitely worth it! A vital outcome was developing links with ‘real life’ clinical academics doing work that was genuinely of interest to me, and without the MSc I probably would have assumed I didn’t have it in me.

I asked some of my colleagues, MSc students and alumni, to share some of their experiences on the MSc:

ANDREW SOMMERLAD, Clinical Training Fellow UCL & ST5 Old Age Psychiatry, interested in social networks and cognitive decline

Dr Sommerlad is in his second year of the course (2015) and has found it an ‘ideal introduction’ to research methodology. He added: ‘the wide-ranging strengths of UCL in dementia research particularly appealed as I had the opportunity to be involved in basic science, genetic, epidemiological, psychosocial and pharmacological research. I had long been interested in undertaking research during my psychiatry training but found it impossible to get projects started due to the hurdles of navigating through ethical and R&D approval, organising data collection and manipulating statistical programs…

ANDRE STRYDOM, Reader at UCL Division of Psychiatry, Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disabilities (LD)

His research concerns the epidemiology, etiology and clinical aspects of mental disorders in adults with neurodevelopmental disorders including intellectual disabilities, Autism & Asperger syndrome, and ADHD

Dr Strydom undertook the MSc as a trainee, and spoke about the course giving him direct access to ‘cutting edge’ research in LD, and his original work led on to further research avenues once he graduated. He was able to gain grounding in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and students on the course benefit from UCL’s vast information resources. Dr Strydom would encourage trainees to apply at any stage of training, but pointed out higher trainees are often well-placed to manage the commitment through use of special interest time for example.

LAURA ALLISON, Medical psychotherapist

Dr Allison finished the MSc in 2011 and published her work on the use of rapid tranquilisation in the context of the development of antipsychotics in the journal History of Psychiatry. She now has an academic assistant editor role with another journal, and said: ‘I use the skills I learned directly and indirectly in my everyday work as a psychotherapy tutor.’

AFIA ALI Senior Clinical Lecturer UCL Division of Psychiatry, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disabilities

Her research interests include exploring the impact of stigma and discrimination on the wellbeing of people with intellectual disability

Dr Ali believes undertaking the MSc as a trainee was ‘instrumental’ in furthering her career, and graduating with distinction and publishing her research helped her application for PhD Fellowships. She highlighted the fact many doctors (mistakenly) believe the only path to academic psychiatry is through being an academic clinical fellow as though it were essentially an all or nothing phenomenon. The MSc is a great way to conduct independent research without necessarily being in full academic training, but with an increased likelihood of getting into academia if one chooses to afterwards.

BERNICE KNIGHT, current MSc student and higher trainee in Psychiatry

Dr Knight is in her first year, and pointed out the new course gives students the opportunity to apply for scholarships for help with funding. She obtained a scholarship from Noclor and said: ‘The lecture timetable has fitted around my clinical commitments and although the assignments are challenging, they have all supported my learning. My experiences through the MSc have confirmed my ambitions to seek a PhD project but more importantly have aided my development as an evidence-based clinician. I would recommend it to doctors looking to further their expertise in research and/or to help them decide about whether an academic career is something they wish to pursue.’

 

STRENGTHENING ACADEMIC PSYCHIATRY

In summary, it’s a competitive process getting into research, but there is a very significant unmet need for more mental health research and more mental health researchers . A recent Academy of Medical Sciences report highlighted the need to increase recruitment into academic psychiatry and strengthen the field. So, if you are thinking about it, now’s a good time to go for it!

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Dr Farhana Mann is a Clinical Training Fellow in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL.  She has published research looking at outcomes in women and ethnic minorities with psychosis, and is also particularly interested in the area of loneliness and the impact this has on the development and progress of mental health problems.

The UCL MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research provides a highly practical training in research skills and opportunities to participate in the work of research groups at the cutting edge. A range of optional modules provide opportunities to focus on particular sub-specialties, or on epidemiological and clinical or neuroscientific approaches. Both full- time and part-time or flexible/modular approaches are available, the latter being appropriate for current trainee psychiatrists.

MSc Scholarships for North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) staff

rejusjo19 June 2015

We are delighted to announce that North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) can offer up to 3 scholarships of up to £2000 each year to students on the MSc Mental Health Sciences Research who are clinicians at NELFT during the academic year of the MSc. Promise as a researcher is the main criterion for award. The scholarships are for the September 2015 intake to the course.

Applications can be made to Fiona Horton at NELFT Research & Development Department with an application letter, curriculum vitae, copy of acceptance letter for the MSc. fiona.horton@nelft.nhs.uk.

The UCL MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research

North East London Foundation Trust

 

 

Summer Open Day – UCL Division of Psychiatry: 21st July 2014

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  • Have you applied or are you considering applying for our MSc courses in Mental Health Sciences?
  • Would you like to hear more about the new modules approved for our MScs and about the potential options for taking modules from other Faculties?
  • Would you like to meet some of the academic staff who will be teaching in the MSc courses?

We will be hosting an Open Day event for our prospective MSc taught students in Clinical Mental Health Sciences and Mental Health Sciences Research. People who have already received offers for study commencing in September 2014 are particularly encouraged to come – we’d like to meet you.

The event will be taking place between 13.30 and 17.00 on Monday 21st of July, 2014 at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies building at TAVITON STREET, LONDON, WC1H 0BW – room 347, UCL.

It’s a great opportunity to:

  • Hear more about the approach we are taking, the content of the modules that we offer and the full range of options available in our MScs, including options from other departments.
  • Find about the range of supporting seminars and journal clubs we are offering alongside the MSc, including guidance on how to plan your career.
  • Hear more about graduate student life in our Division and at UCL.
  • Ask any questions.

If you would like to come to the Open Day, please register your interest by contacting Chris Coup – c.coup@ucl.ac.uk

Browse photos of our previous Open Day here.

Newly announced – Scholarships for MSc Mental Health Sciences Research for North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) staff

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We are delighted to announce that North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) can offer up to 3 scholarships of up to £2000 each year to students on the MSc Mental Health Sciences Research who are currently working for NELFT during the academic year of the MSc. Promise as a researcher is the main criterion for award.

Applications can be made to Fiona Horton at NELFT Research & Development Department with an application letter, curriculum vitae, copy of acceptance letter for the MSc. fiona.horton@nelft.nhs.uk.

Further details regarding the MSc :

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/prospectivestudents/researchmentalhealthsciences