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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

    MSc, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    15 January 2019

Course content

Find out more and join us at our Postgraduate Open Evening on 6th March 2019. Book your place now.

We are proud to have been awarded an IoPPN Excellence Award in 2018 for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Education Survey (PTES).

Learn how research has developed our understanding of mental health. Then explore how these discoveries can be used to help prevent, diagnose or develop new treatments.  

Whether you’ve recently finished your undergraduate degree or already have a few years of experience, we’ll help you explore a range of methodologies including clinical trials, neuroimaging and genetics. 

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

Key benefits 

  • Join a course with a 100% overall student satisfaction (postgraduate experience taught survey 2017) 
  • Learn from our vast expertise and experience with small class sizes 
  • Complete a clinical placement working with young people, inpatients, people with personality disorders or other groups affected by mental health issues 
  • Develop research skills, apply them to your dissertation and join one of the IoPPN research teams 
  • Study surrounded by the expertise and facilities of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, MRC Social & Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre, and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre


To help you get the most out of this course, we make your learning interactive. Not only will you join us at lectures, you’ll explore ideas and discuss research at seminars, tutorials and computer lab sessions too.  

Our small class sizes might seem intimidating at first. But with a friendly community around you, you’ll quickly realise that everyone is open to hearing different opinions and learning from others' experiences.  

We’re confident this style of teaching works because our students consistently rate the course highly.  


Research into mental health disorders combines expertise from a vast number of areas, so students join us from psychology, neuroscience, pharmacology, medicine and more.  

At King’s College London, our experts will give you a unique insight into the complex world of mental health. Many of the teaching team are active researchers uncovering the causes of disorders and finding treatments, others work in clinical settings with patients.  

At the same time, you’ll have the chance to apply your skills in the real world. Partnering with South London and the Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust, we’re able to organise a range of placements. The Trust is the largest in the UK and provides a full range of mental health services for people of all ages.  

You’ll also join an IoPPN team to carry out your own original research project. This gives you the chance to put your statistical skills into action and delve into an area that interests you. You can find a list of publications from previous students’ work on our department webpage.  

“The programme is hosted by the Department of Psychosis Studies so many module leaders are working within the area of schizophrenia. But members of the team also focus on biological causes of illness, treatment for disorders and prevention in young people”  - Dr Alice Egerton, Course Leader


Course format and assessment

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


Research Methods, Ethics & Statistics in Mental Health 

Lectures (66 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (66 hours) | Self-Study time (468 hours) 

Biological Psychiatry 

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (20 hours) | Self-Study time (240 hours)

Therapeutic Research in Psychiatry 

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (20 hours) | Self-Study time (240 hours)

Research Dissertation

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (10 hours) | Self-Study time (590 hours)

Prediction Modelling 

Lectures (18 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (0 hours) | Self-Study time (15 hours)

Horizons in Psychiatric Research 

Lectures (18 hours) | Seminars/Tutorials (0 hours) | Self-Study time (15 hours)

Clinical Placement 

Variable hours 

Contact time is based on 28 academic weeks. Full-time students (completing the course in one year) receive lectures two days per week. The remainder of the time is spent on self-study, course-work, the dissertation project, clinical and research placements.


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

MSc | Examination (40%) | Coursework (60%) 

PG Cert | Examination (75%) | Coursework (25%) 

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

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

Other related courses:

Mental Health Studies 

Early Intervention in Psychosis 

Organsational Psychiatry & Psychology 

Career prospects

Some graduates work in clinical care or secure psychologist posts, while others work in academic research. In fact, a number of current IoPPN staff and PhD students are graduates from this MSc.  

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from King’s graduates and PhD students to find out what career path they decided to take and what their day-to-day responsibilities involve.  

Whatever you decide to do next, we’re here to give you the support you need – whether that’s help writing your CV or guidance completing a PhD/DClinPsy applications.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue:

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