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MSc War and Psychiatry

MSc War and Psychiatry


 The MSc War and Psychiatry at King’s College London is a cutting-edge course with an international reputation. Established in 2005, it is a research-led programme based, in part, on work undertaken by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR).

Designed to tackle pressing contemporary issues, the latest findings are incorporated within the core elements of the course, whilst the option and advanced courses, together with the dissertation, allow students to study topics of their own interest.

The programme team have won awards for teaching excellence and the course scores consistently highly on the Post-graduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES). A particular strength of the MSc is its multi-disciplinary and multi-national qualities, attracting students from a range of subjects (notably psychology, nursing, war studies, international relations, psychiatry and history) and from many different cultures.  


Scan0055The unique feature of the MSc in War and Psychiatry is the accumulated expertise that underpins the core programme. The Maudsley Hospital treated shell-shocked soldiers during World War One and ran some of the first training courses on the psychological effects of combat. Its staff treated civilians traumatised by air-raids in World War Two and recent research programmes have addressed rates of post-traumatic stress disorder in UK armed forces deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and the issue of violence in military families. The programme also calls on external speakers from the armed forces, emergency services and military charities.

War and conflict are two of the constants of modern life. They have played a major part in recent history and continue to dominate much of the international agenda. Hence, it is important to explore the psychological impact of wars on both soldiers and civilians. Where there are physical wounds, psychiatric casualties will follow and they require equal attention and understanding.

This course is designed to explain how people protect themselves against extreme or prolonged stress, to analyse their consequences and to discuss what can be done to mitigate or resolve psychological disorders experienced in conflict.



The majority of the seminars take place at theStrand Campus in Central London , whilst others are delivered at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neursoscience at the Denmark Hill Campus in Camberwell, South London . 

The course can be taken either in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time), and provides a qualification that seeks to place military psychiatry in its appropriate cultural, historical and social context. The qualification, like the teaching team, holds international recognition.




A copy of the 2015/2016 Prospectus for the MSc War and Psychiatry is now available (in PDF). 


Applications for 2015 / 2016

Applications are now being considered for 2015/16. For more information on courses, please see the King's College Admissions Page . Alternatively, you can make an online application now by registering here and following the onscreen instructions.

For those who have applied and are waiting to hear from the Admissions Team, you will receive an email to confirm receipt of your application, which also contains your application number. Please use the application portal to correspond with the Admissions Team.

Alternatively, please contact Katherine Reid ( ), who is the admissions officer for this Programme.

Katherine Reid

Admissions Office
King's College London
Guy’s Campus
Capital House
42 Weston St


Deadline for Applications for 2015/16

31st August 2015

Fees and Military Discount 2015 / 2016 
Part Time  Home: £4,980 (2015)

Part Time Overseas: £11,670 (2015)

Full Time Home: £9,960 (2015)

Full Time Overseas: £23,340 (2015)

Military Discount

There was a discount available for serving members of HM Armed Forces for the 2014/15 academic year and it is hoped to make this available again for 2015/16.  Please contact the Programme Administrator for further details.

Contact Us
Programme Leader

 Professor Edgar Jones

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Ian Robbins

War and Psychiatry Programme Administrator

Gerry Kandler


Programmes Co-Ordinator

Mrs Jacqueline Szczerbinski

 Programme Office Address

Room B1.08.01


4 Windsor Walk

Denmark Hill



020 7848 0682

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