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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas



  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    10 October 2017

Course content

Our Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc programme is delivered by two internationally recognised centres of excellence and provides an integrated, strongly interdisciplinary, education in mental health, ethics and law. It equips graduates to become leaders in healthcare, mental health law or policy. You will have the unique opportunity to study alongside others from a wide range of academic and professional disciplines at the heart of London’s legal and psychiatric world.

Key benefits

  • In-depth and integrated clinical, philosophical and legal analysis of key issues presented in the field of mental health.
  • Supported by the UK's first centre of medical law and ethics (CMLE) and Europe’s largest centre for research and teaching in psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience (IoPPN).
  • Located in central London and maintains close links with national and international policy formers and leading legal and clinical practitioner communities.
  • Generous scholarships are available to support the brightest and best students.


We have developed a strongly interdisciplinary programme designed to investigate the interface between mental health, law and ethics at a theoretical level and to engage directly with the dilemmas and experience of illness encountered in practice. Our Mental Health, Ethics and Law course will expand your understanding both within and beyond your own disciplines, and will provide you with the skills necessary to analyse and critique current law, practice and policy in relation to mental health.

Our programme is for anyone concerned with mental health who wishes to study the clinical, ethical and legal thinking behind current law, policy and clinical practice. It has been designed for health professionals, lawyers, policy makers and all those with a relevant first degree who are keen to consider the difficult questions raised by mental health and society’s response.

Course format and assessment

You will be taught mostly through lectures and seminar-style teaching.

Full time

There will be 6-8 hours per week of lectures, seminars and feedback. Students are expected to spend 32-34 hours per week engaged in self-study.

Part time

There will be 4-6 hours per week of lectures, seminars and feedback. Students are expected to spend 14-16 hours per week engaged in self-study.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks (1 reading week per semester may apply depending on module choices), whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks.

The total notional study hours for the MSc are 1800 (typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work). Notional study hours comprise formal teaching and learning activities, such as lectures and tutorials, as well as assessments and independent research and study.


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

About half of the modules offered will be assessed by a two- or three-hour exam. The other modules are assessed through coursework. In addition to coursework and exams, a percentage of your final mark may be based on assignments (such as presentations or reaction papers) given in-class.

Regulating Body

King's College is regulated by the HIgher Education Funding Council for England.

Visit the Mental Health, Ethics & Law - MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!






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