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Affective Disorders MSc

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Our Affective Disorders course has been created for a broad spectrum of students and mental health professionals who are interested in specialist training from world-class experts. You will study all aspects of affective disorders, ranging from their characterisation and assessment to the challenges of treating these debilitating conditions. 

Key benefits

  • Specialist careers for those interested in studying or researching the affective disorders.
  • Valuable insight from those working in the field and those involved in internationally-acclaimed research on the causes and treatment of affective disorders.
  • A clinical observership in key mental health service that treats patients with affective disorders.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year FT, September-September

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 15+ FT/PT students

Course leaders

Dr Rachel Mitchell, Programme Leader 

Prof. Allan Young, Director of Centre for Affective Disorders


Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Programme Administrator E:

Programme email:

Programme phone number:  

+44 (0)20 7848 0150

Programmes Manager – Katerina Koutsantoni, +44 (0)20 7848 0191,

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Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

DepartmentDepartment of Psychological Medicine



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Affective Disorders is a brand new and unique MSc programme taught at the world renowned Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Watch Course Director Professor Allan Young and other world class experts in the field of Affective Disorders, to find out how this programme will provide a solid understanding of the concepts, theories and practicalities relevant to the Affective Disorders.

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Course detail


Affective disorders are also known as mood disorders and the main types include depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder. It is predicted that they will become the second leading contributor to global burden of disease by 2020 and specialist training in this area is currently sparse. The purpose of our course is to meet the growing need for a graduate training programme that focuses exclusively on affective disorders.

Our Affective Disorders course is accessible to a wide audience, but would be of particular interest to psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, related medical professionals and pharmaceutical scientists. It is especially suitable for health professionals who wish to refocus their career and specialise in Affective Disorders. It is equally suitable for health professionals who already work in a relevant field and wish to gain recognition for their expertise. Graduates who wish to pursue clinical psychology training, or research on the affective disorders may also be interested.

This course will adopt a multidisciplinary approach by capitalising on the most recent findings from a range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines, such as psychiatry, psychology, genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology and biostatistics. Upon completion, you will be able to integrate knowledge from different disciplines and relate it to the behaviours and symptoms present in affective disorders. You will be trained in the key scientific and methodological aspects of affective disorders, their care and related research. You will also gain transferable skills through a variety of tutorials and exercises. Interested applicants should note that there are significant biological elements to this course, including the study and assessment of neurobiology and psychopharmacology. The primary perspective is that of psychiatry. If you are unsure whether this is the right course for you, please contact the Programme Leader Dr Rachel Mitchell.

You will benefit from the teaching of world-renowned experts in the field, conduct a research project and have the possibility to do a clinical observership at one of the affective disorders services within the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. You will be taught by The Centre for Affective Disorders, which represents a centre of excellence for understanding the science related to mood and anxiety disorders and using this knowledge to develop new treatments, including both psychological and pharmacological treatments. The clinical observership will enable you to witness various presentations, treatments and outcomes first-hand.

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Course format and assessment


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

Causes and Correlates of Affective Disorders

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (15 hours) | Self-study time (240 hours)

Challenges in Treating Affective Disorders

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (15 hours) | Self-study time (240 hours)

Research Methods and Statistics for Studying Affective Disorders

Lectures (56 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (17 hours) | Self-study time (227 hours)

Understanding Affective Disorders

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (15 hours) | Self-study time (240 hours)

Research Project on Affective Disorders

Self-study time (600 hours)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks.

Course Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Year 1

Examination (55%) | Coursework (30%) | Practical (15%)

Extra information

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

Other related courses:

Clinical Neuroscience Msc

Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc

Entry requirements & how to apply

Degree in medicine, psychology, nursing, pharmacy, professions allied to medicine (e.g. radiography), or a scientific degree such as biomedical science, or neuroscience. A minimum 2:1 degree classification will be required.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Applications are normally processed within two weeks of the receipt of the applicant’s completed references. However, during February and March, applicants may take longer to process due to the volume we receive at this time.

All applicants are welcome to visit the department by arrangement. Please call or email us to arrange this.

After review of the initial application, the admissions tutor may invite selected candidates to interview. It will be possible for overseas applicants to make arrangements to be interviewed via Skype or phone.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please outline your relevant experience in the field, your reasons for applying for the course, and your future goals. In particular, please detail any previous training in, and experience of working with people with affective disorders, and how you intend to use the knowledge and skills you acquire to further your clinical or research ambitions. This information is particularly important for applicants coming from a non-scientific background. This section should also be used to draw attention to any special circumstances that should be taken into account when the application is considered.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £10,950 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,950 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

·         Books if you choose to buy your own copies 

·         DBS checks

·         Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 

·         Library fees and fines 

·         Personal photocopies 

·         Printing course handouts 

·         Society membership fees 

·         Stationery 

·         Travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and to your optional clinical placement

·         Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Upon completion, you will have a solid understanding of the concepts, theories and practicalities, which are relevant to affective disorders. You may go on to enhanced careers in mental health as clinicians and/or policy makers, conduct further full-time study in an academic research environment (e.g. PhD) or in a taught clinical programme (e.g. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology), gain employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation. You may also enter scientific publishing.


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