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This exciting and developing area looks at mental disorders from a neurological perspective. At King’s College London, our clinical and academic experts will help you get up to speed with the latest thinking in the field.   

As part of the course, you’ll also have the chance to gain hands-on clinical experience. Because of our extensive links, we’re able to offer placements working in memory clinics, brain injury rehab, outpatient services and more.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • Learn from international experts who specialise in core areas like functional neurological disorders and movement disorders 
  • Hear the latest insight from guest speakers working clinically and in academia 
  • Experience neuropsychiatry services first hand with a clinical observership at one of our partner institutions – including South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, which offers the widest range of mental health services in the UK. 
  • Access state-of-the-art equipment, including VR for diagnosis and treatment, EEG/ERPs and TMS at King’s College Hospital 
  • Benefit directly from the expertise and facilities at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, MRC Social & Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre, and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre 


Throughout the course, you’ll learn from international experts across academic and clinical aspects of the subject. We have an experienced teaching team within the course, and we bring in other specialists for wider topics around the subject. 

Whether you want to hear the latest developments in cognitive science, or you’re interested in industry collaboration, there’s a good chance it will be covered in our lectures. 

As well as formal lectures, we also use seminars and other teaching formats. The course has a strong clinical element where you’ll experience the practical side of assessment and management. 


Clinical neuropsychiatry involves an exciting mix of scientific and clinical work. Because of the varied nature of the subject, it’s suitable for people from a range of backgrounds, whether you’ve just graduated from biomedical sciences or psychology, or you’re already working as a psychologist, psychiatrist, neurologist or other health professional. 

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has the country’s only inpatient neuropsychiatry unit dealing with complex patients with functional neurological disorders and brain injury. And King’s College Hospital hosts a range of specialist services, from deep brain simulation to management of motor neurone disease. 

You’ll have access to a complete range of patients through our partnerships. Examples of services where clinical observerships may be possible include inpatient and outpatient neuropsychiatry, liaison psychiatry, memory clinics, epilepsy, stroke, brain injury rehab, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, motor neurone disease and functional neurological disorders. (Note that students cannot be guaranteed their first choice of observership).  

Your dissertation is a chance to delve deeper into a subject you’re interested in. You’ll agree on a topic with your supervisor then carry out research using our state-of-the-art equipment.  

“Within the team at King’s, we have clinical academics and neurologists specialising in a range of areas including mood disorders, functional neurological disorders, cognitive disorders and more.”  

Dr Paul Shotbolt, Course Leader

Course format and assessment

Scientific Foundations of Neuropsychiatry

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (15 hours) 

Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (15 hours) 

Management of Neuropsychiatric disorders

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (15 hours) 

Research Methods & Statistics

Lectures (42 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (26 hours) 

Research Project on Affective Disorders

 Self-directed study (600 hours)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks 


All taught modules except Research Methods and Statistics (240 hours) 

Research Methods and Statistics (227 hours) 

Research project (600 hours) 


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Year 1

Examination (55%) | Coursework (30%)| Practical (15%) 

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Extra information

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Other related courses:

Clinical Neuroscience MSc

Addiction Studies MSc

Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc

Career prospects

You’ll graduate with a thorough knowledge to prepare you for a career in neuropsychiatry. But there are a wide range of other options that might suit you too. 

You might use your new skills in your current career – whether you’re a healthcare professional or working in a pharmaceutical organisation or in policy making. Some graduates also choose to progress to PhD study or go on to pursue the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. 

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