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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

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

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  • Last Updated

    12 December 2017

Course content

Our Mental Health Studies MSc course will equip you with the relevant knowledge in the field of mental health and provide you with the opportunity to examine one area further through both theoretical and empirical research.

While our Mental Health Studies course, which was established in 1992, offers mental health professionals a range of opportunities for continuing professional development, an equally high number of our students have not yet embarked on professional training. Some come with a relevant first degree, usually in psychology, and already have work experience in the mental health field. 

Key benefits

  • Choice of eight elective modules on offer in a number of different mental health fields.
  • Regular contributions from practising clinicians, including world leading experts across all psychiatric specialities from the allied South London & Maudsley Hospital (SLaM), and from visiting specialist lecturers.
  • Well-established Voluntary Clinical Placements module, offering placements within SLaM, the largest UK NHS Trust.
  • Opportunity to join existing research projects or develop your own research ideas.


Our Mental Health Studies course consists of the following modules:

Basic Mental Health, a combination of modules in Research Methods, a Research Dissertation, and a choice of two 30-credit and two 15-credit optional modules.

The Basic Mental Health module provides an overview of the theoretical perspectives on mental illness, diagnosis and assessment, psychiatric disorders and treatment, approaches to management and care.

The modules in research methods cover quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and provides the foundations for your own research project.

Course format and assessment

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. 

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by:

Year 1

Examination (30%) | Coursework (50%)| Practical (20%)

Career prospects

Graduates pursue various careers in mental health, including psychology and other clinical training, research assistant positions and PhD study.

Visit the Mental Health Studies - MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!






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