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War and Psychiatry MSc

Course Description

The War & Psychiatry MSc course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge about the way individuals, both in the armed forces and civilians, respond to psychological trauma. Drawing on multidisciplinary expertise, you will have the opportunity to compare the experiences of different nations to explore both theoretical and practical aspects of the subject. The programme is ideal for careers in military psychiatry and related NGOs, emergency and anti-terrorist services.

Key benefits

- You will gain an understanding of how people prepare themselves for war, cope during conflict and adjust to peacetime life.
- You will be taught by internationally-recognised researchers and clinicians.
- You will learn not only about the psychological effects on soldiers fighting on the front line but also how civilians cope when subjected to the trauma of war or acts of terrorism.
- You will examine the psychology of conflict through different cultures.
- You will develop knowledge and skills not necessarily provided by clinical training.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/war-and-psychiatry-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

This course will give you a critical understanding of the complex methodological, ethical, historical, medical, cultural and empirical aspects of military psychiatry. You will also develop an ability to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the history, development and practice of military psychiatry.

Our course will enable you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding and skills in the following areas:

- The nature, significance and complexities of the history, development and practice of military psychiatry.
- Systematic and reflexive investigation of the literature and the conceptual, therapeutic, operational, historical and ethical issues surrounding the relationship between war and psychiatry.
- Advanced understanding of a comprehensive range of concepts, theories and methods relevant to military psychiatry.
- The course, which can be taken either in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time), places military psychiatry in its appropriate cultural, historical and social context and leads to an internationally recognised qualification.

- Format and assessment -

The MSc has four elements. All students take two core modules: an introductory series of 20 seminars held in the Department of War Studies and an advanced module of 10 seminars in various aspects of military psychiatry mostly delivered by external speakers. Students choose a third option module from a range of subjects offered by the Department of War Studies. The fourth element is a dissertation on a subject of the student's choice.

Career prospects

Much of the course content is of a practical nature designed to inform the assessment and treatment of psychological casualties. In addition, our course has invited speakers from the armed forces, military charities and the emergency services. Presentations are given by the IoOPPN’s Careers Consultant and individual meetings with students can be arranged to explore job opportunities.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

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.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/Masters-Scholarships.aspx

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the War and Psychiatry MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Rob Densmore

I have been a frontline journalist covering the war in Afghanistan since 2006. I have been a veteran of that war for even longer. There are pressing psychiatric and psychosocial issues that the public and the media have only recently found words to express. Even still, there is a tremendous gulf between what we read in our newspapers and what troops are experiencing on the front lines. I travelled half way around the world because King’s College London offered me a chance to understand what is happening to the psychiatric health of our military. There simply were no alternatives in the US, or anywhere else as far as I am concerned. My stories always begin and end with the human element. With the ’War and Psychiatry’ MSc I now have the scientific background to give full breadth to those stories.


The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) Masters Scholarships and bursaries - 20+ Awards

Masters ScholarshipsThe Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is offering a number of bursaries and scholarships to support students with the financial commitments of postgraduate study.The IoPPN is ranked 2nd in the world for psychiatry and Psychology (US News, Best Global Universities), and we are the largest centre in Europe for research in this area, offering a broad range of masters courses, taught by world-leading academics and clinicians, and housed in world-class facilities.At the IoPPN, we offer a truly interdisciplinary environment, with a history of excellence in research and education in the field spanning over 70 years. Our students benefit from outstanding clinical placements and superb networking, mentoring and career development opportunities. We welcome a diverse and vibrant community of students from all over the world, and we invite you to join us.

Value of Scholarship(s)

From £1000 - £25,000


We have awards available for UK/EU and International applicants applying for one of our full-time MSc programmes in the IoPPN at King’s College London, due to commence tin September 2017:
Go to the website for more information http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/Masters-Scholarships.aspx

Application Procedure

Go to the website for more information on eligibility and how to apply http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/Masters-Scholarships.aspx

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first degree or equivalent in medicine or psychology; or a 2:1 first degree in any subject; or other qualifications and experience which demonstrate an ability to undertake the programme. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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