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Mental Health Studies MSc

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Our Mental Health Studies MSc course will equip you with the relevant knowledge in the field of mental health and provide you with the opportunity to examine one area further through both theoretical and empirical research.

While our Mental Health Studies course, which was established in 1992, offers mental health professionals a range of opportunities for continuing professional development, an equally high number of our students have not yet embarked on professional training. Some come with a relevant first degree, usually in psychology, and already have work experience in the mental health field.  

Key benefits

  • Choice of eight elective modules on offer in a number of different mental health sectors. Regular contributions from practising clinicians, including world leading experts across all psychiatric specialities from the allied South London & Maudsley Hospital (SLaM), and from visiting specialist lecturers.

  • Well-established Clinical Placements voluntary scheme, offering placements within SLaM, the largest UK NHS Trust.

  • Experience of research work, supporting service users in a variety of placements through our voluntary scheme.

  • Opportunity to join existing research projects or develop your own research ideas.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year FT, Two years PT, October to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 100 FT expected.

Course leaders

Programme Leader – Dr Eugenia Kravariti E –

Programme Manager – Dr Katerina Koutsantoni E – 

Programme Administrator E - 

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Further details

Course contact for further information

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

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

DepartmentDepartment of Psychosis Studies



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Course detail


Our Mental Health Studies course consists of five modules: Basic Mental Health, Introduction to Research Methodology, a Research Dissertation, and two elective modules. The Basic Mental Health module provides an overview of the theoretical perspectives on mental illness, diagnosis and assessment, psychiatric disorders and treatment, approaches to management and care. The Introduction to Research Methodology module covers quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and provides the foundations for your own research project.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

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


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

Year 1

Examination (30%) | Coursework (50%)| Practical (20%)


Year 1

Required Modules

Students on this course are required to take:

Optional Modules

In addition, students take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (30 credits)

  • Psychological Therapies (30 credits)

  • Social & Community Mental Health (30 credits)

  • Women’s Mental Health (30 credits)

  • Pharmacotherapy (30 credits)

  • Disaster Response: Mental Health, Behaviour & Communication (30 credits) 

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject or an equivalent professional qualification. 

Experience working in the mental health field is desirable but not essential.

English language requirements: see link on right to our minimum English language requirements. 

Application procedure

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

How MHSP processes applications

The MHSP programme is extremely popular and we recommend you apply as early as possible. Both courses (MSc Mental Health Studies and MSc Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology) on the programme are usually full by the end of July. The application portal is open from the start of each academic year (October).

MHSP offers a proportion of places at the beginning of each month, starting from January. The programme operates a system called 'gathered fields' which is commonly used for popular postgraduate courses because it helps ensure the best candidates receive offers, as opposed to 'first come, first served'. This means that if you just miss a gathered field (i.e. apply early in the month) you will hear the outcome of your application at the next one (i.e. start of the next month).


Personal statement and supporting information

Please detail your reasons for applying for the course and your future goals.

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. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

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: £9,960 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,340 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,980 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,670 p.a. (2017/18)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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 deposit is £500 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2017/18)

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 receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receipt of 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 the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

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

Graduates pursue various careers in mental health, including psychology and other clinical training, research assistant positions and post doctoral study.


Next steps

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