Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc

King’s College London    The Dickson Poon School of Law

Full time & Part time September MSc One year full-time, September to September; two years part-time

About the course

Our Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc course 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.

As a student on the programme, 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.

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Entry Requirements

We expect a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. law, medicine, philosophy, psychology, theology, social science, one of the life sciences, or nursing studies).


A qualification appropriate to the programme in medicine; or a professional mental health qualification.

Alternative qualifications: Evidence of achievement of an academic level comparable to at least 2:1 standard through past studies and where previous study, work or experience has made the applicant a suitable candidate will also be considered.

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"Coming from an undergraduate law degree, it was enlightening to study mental health law alongside psychiatrists and other clinicians who, understanding the clinical realities of caring for the mentally ill, brought a very different perspective to discussions. Given the primacy we accord to equality and human rights, it was fascinating to consider the role of, and justifications for, a separate statutory scheme for the mentally disordered. With this subrogation of the rights of the ‘mentally ill’, questions of diagnosis become crucial, and studying the ethics alongside law illuminated the bases for such diagnosis, and the problems inherent in these judgements."

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