Mental Health and Mental Health Care

Pathway Leaders:
Vaso Totsika 

Sonia Johnson


Pathway Institution Training Route 1+3 2+3 +3 +4
Mental Health & Mental Health Care UCL Mental Health Sciences Research
Clinical Mental Health Sciences


The UCL Division of Psychiatry is a major national and international centre for the study of aetiology and management of mental health problems. It has a large postgraduate community, with strong relationships between senior staff, postgraduate students and researchers. Our multidisciplinary group supervises quantitative and qualitative; social psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology and sociology studies.

Students will be supported to develop a doctoral project in one of our areas of expertise, which include:

  • Development and testing of psychosocial interventions to improve outcomes, well-being and experiences of care among mental health service users
  • Quality of life among adults with severe mental health problems, including the roles of housing, loneliness and social support, physical illness and violent victimisation and bullying.
  • Social determinants of mental health and relationships between ethnic group, gender, sexuality and mental health.
  • Quality of life, mental health, wellbeing and care and treatment of people with dementia and their family carers; and elder abuse.
  • The clinical and social needs of people with advanced dementia and psychological treatment in advanced cancer.

Students who enter as 1+3 will study for one of our MScs []. PhD students will be supported by a supervisory panel of 3-4 academics with differing, relevant expertise, and an individual mentor.

How to apply: Please contact Vaso  at an early stage if you intend to submit an application. We would also encourage you to contact potential supervisors in your proposed area of study [].