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    25 April 2018

Course Content

Course content

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Our MSc in War & Psychiatry will introduce you to ways of understanding how individuals, both members of the armed forces and civilians, prepare for and cope with psychological trauma. It is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to explore the field of human conflict. 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 course is ideal for careers in military psychiatry and related NGOs, emergency and antiterrorist 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.


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.

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.

Course format and assessment

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

Students are assessed on their coursework. Coursework can include written assignments such as essays and portfolios. Some optional modules offered by the Department of War Studies may include an examination.

Examination (0%) | Coursework (100%) | Practical (0%) 

Extra information

Regulating body

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

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 IoPPN’s Careers Consultant and individual meetings with students can be arranged to explore job opportunities.

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