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War & Psychiatry MSc



The MSc War & Psychiatry allows successful applicants to develop skills and knowledge about the way individuals respond to psychological trauma. Drawing on multidisciplinary expertise, students can compare the experiences of different nations to identify both theoretical and practical elements. The programme is ideal for careers in military psychiatry and related NGO, emergency and anti-terrorist services.

Key benefits

  • Students understand the major principles and issues of military psychiatry.

  • 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.

  • Students develop knowledge and skills not necessarily provided by clinical training.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 25

Course leaders Professor Edgar Jones and Dr Ian Robbins

Course contact for further information Mr Gerry Kandler (Programme Administrator): +44 (0)20 7848 0682 Mrs Jacqueline Szczerbinski (Programme Coordinator)

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychological Medicine


Entry requirements & how to apply

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

General entry advice

Applicants should hold 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.

Application procedure

Selection is made on the basis of the application and references.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please detail your reasons for applying to the programme and your future goals.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


The programme 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.

Course purpose

The programme is designed for students and professionals interested in the way human beings respond in situations of extreme stress. It provides an internationally recognised qualification in military psychiatry which equips students with transferable skills and a higher level of theoretical understanding. Students include psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and other healthcare professionals in the armed forces, emergency service workers and students of war studies.

Course format and assessment

The MSc has four elements. All students take two core modules: an introductory series of 20 seminars held at the Strand Campus and an advanced module of 10 seminars in various aspects of military psychiatry, held at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and mostly delivered by external speakers. Students choose a third element, either that provided by the programme itself at the IoPPN or one chosen 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

Relevant for a career in military psychiatry and related NGO, emergency and anti-terrorist services.



War & Psychiatry - The Video

In the heart of London

How both soldiers and civilians prepare themselves, cope during times of conflict, and adjust to peacetime life are core issues of the MSc War & Psychiatry. Find out more from Professor Edgar Jones; Programme Leader of this ground-breaking programme at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,960 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£23,340 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,980 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£11,670 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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


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