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Would you like to know how to do good research and start doing some? Do you want to find out if being a clinical academic is the career for you?  

Understanding and interpreting research is fundamental to good clinical practice but there is little formal training in practical research skills on clinical training schemes. If you are at all interested in experiencing research then starting early in your career is likely to be beneficial in providing wider opportunities to publish and obtain grants and fellowships for further study during your clinical training. 

A good way to get structured training in practical research skills with opportunities to publish is to do a research MSc. One pathway that is of particular interest to trainee doctors with an interest in psychiatry is the MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research at UCL. The MSc can be a first step in a career as a clinical academic, combining clinical work with university-based research and teaching. The UCL MSc has a good track record of students going on to obtain fellowships and further academic posts. The MSc offers a variety of options, including modules on Current Research in Psychosis, Intellectual Disability, Dementia and Depression and Anxiety, and even NHS management. The structure is flexible, allowing the 12 modules to be taken over up to 5 years with payment as modules are taken. Some further details may be found here:

There are some scholarships available for very highly qualified applicants to provide partial help with fees. You may also be eligible to apply for the UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme which opens in June this year.

To express your interest or if you'd like to hear more, please visit the website or get in touch with me at and I'd be happy to discuss.

Best regards

Naaheed Mukadam                                                                              
NIHR Research Training Fellow,

Division of Psychiatry


Sonia Johnson

Professor of Social and CommunityPsychiatry/MSc Course Director
& Consultant Psychiatrist, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Division of Psychiatry

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