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Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology MSc

Course Description

Draws on contemporary psychological, psychiatric and organisational theory and evidence to examine the causes, effects and consequences of mental ill health in the workplace. Leads to careers in HR departments or as organisational consultants. Develops consultancy skills.

Key benefits

- The programme is the only one of its kind to be offered in the UK.

- The focus is on mental health in the workplace.

- It combines psychological, psychiatric and organisational perspectives.

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

Course details

- Description -

The programme draws on psychological, psychiatric and organisational theory and evidence to examine the causes, effects and consequences of mental ill health in the workplace.

Modules include: Basic Mental Health; Mental Health in the Workplace (OPP1): an introduction to the concepts of psychological theory and organisational analysis and their applications; Strategic Interventions for Psychological Well-being in Organisations (OPP2): an in depth coverage of mental health issues in the workplace, with emphasis on the interaction between individuals, organisations and broader social, political and economic contexts of work, strategies and interventions to improve and promote mental health and the use of organisational case studies; a Research Methods module, and a Dissertation. All taught modules are delivered on Tuesdays apart from OPP2 which is taught on Wednesdays.

Students are encouraged to develop a critical awareness of contemporary issues and problems in relation to improving mental health at work at individual, interpersonal, organisational and policy levels and to apply this knowledge and understanding to their own workplace/area of interest.

- Course purpose -

This programme is one of the first of its kind in the UK and Europe and is designed for people wishing to gain up-to-date knowledge and understanding of psychology and psychiatry as applied to the workplace. Students include HR managers, organisational consultants, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, occupational health professionals and psychology graduates wishing to enter these occupations.

- Format and assessment -

Teaching methods include lectures, group work, discussions, videos, case analyses. Assessment is by essays, written examinations, research project.

Career prospects

Graduates pursue various careers in the management of mental health policy and services in the workplace, either within HR departments or as organisational consultants offering a range of services from policy development to intervention delivery.

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/study/pg/funding/sources

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

(Student Profile)

Paul Buckley

After completing a BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology, I was faced with the inevitable dilemma encountered by most psychology graduates: which branch of psychology should I do my graduate study in?
I wanted to keep my options open so I chose the MSc Mental Health Studies (Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology) to gain an up-to-date knowledge of psychology as applied in clinical, as well as organisational settings.
Studying at King's College London and the Institute of Psychiatry has been extremely fulfilling and enjoyable. I believe the comprehensive academic education I have received has put me in a prominent position to achieve my plans of undertaking doctoral training in clinical psychology and ultimately becoming a consultant.
I would advise prospective students to take advantage of the plethora of extracurricular activities offered by King's College London Students' Union (KCLSU) clubs and societies, as these will further enhance your experience at King's.


Entry Requirements

Students should hold a relevant first degree (minimum 2:1) or an equivalent professional qualification. Experience in the work place is desirable but not essential. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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