The 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.
- Choice of eight elective modules on offer in a number of different mental health sectors. 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 Clinical Placements voluntary scheme, offering placements within SLaM, the largest UK NHS Trust. - Experience of research work, supporting service users in a variety of placements through our voluntary scheme. - Opportunity to join existing research projects or develop your own research ideas.
The Mental Health Studies course consists of five modules: Basic Mental Health, Research Principles & Methods, a Research Dissertation, and two elective 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 Research Methods module covers quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and provides the foundations for your own research project.
The MSc Mental Health Studies aims to provide high quality and up-to-date coverage of theory, practice and research in the field of mental health and illness. Applicants may already have some experience of working in the mental health field, in positions of clinical, therapeutic or educational capacity, although this is not essential.
- Course format and assessment -
Teaching methods include lectures, group work, discussions, videos, case analyses. Assessment is by essays, written examinations, research project.
Graduates pursue various careers in mental health including psychology and other clinical training, research assistant positions and post doctoral study.
To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.