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War and Psychiatry MSc

Course Description

War & Psychiatry lets you develop skills and knowledge about the way individuals respond to psychological trauma. Drawing on multidisciplinary expertise, you compare the experiences of different nations to identify both theoretical and practical elements. Ideal for careers in military psychiatry and related NGO, emergency and anti-terrorist services.

Key benefits

- Students gain an understanding of how people prepare themselves for war, cope during conflict and adjust to peacetime life.

- To be taught by internationally-recognised researchers and clinicians.

- Students 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.

- To examine the psychology of conflict through different cultures.

- Students 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 -

Enables students to develop skills and knowledge about the way individuals, both in the armed forces and civilians, respond to psychological trauma. Drawing on multidisciplinary expertise, it compares the experiences of different nations over the last century to identify both theoretical and practical elements of the subject.

- Purpose

For students and professionals interested in the way human beings respond in situations of extreme stress. Provides an internationally recognised qualification in military psychiatry which will give students transferable skills and a higher level of theoretical understanding. Students include psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses in the armed forces, emergency service workers and students of war studies.

- 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

The course is designed to enhance your employability in a range of ways. Many of the skills developed during the year are of a transferable nature: research methodology, presenting a case to an audience using visual aids, ways of discovering information and writing to a specific word limit and deadline. Much of the course content is of a practical nature designed to inform the assessment and treatment of psychological casualties. In addition, the 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.

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 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.


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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