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War & Psychiatry MSc

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Overview

Our War & Psychiatry MSc course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge about the way individuals, both in the armed forces and civilians, respond to psychological trauma. Drawing on multidisciplinary expertise, you will have the opportunity to compare the experiences of different nations to explore both theoretical and practical aspects of the subject. The programme is ideal for careers in military psychiatry and related NGOs, emergency and anti-terrorist services. 


Key benefits

  • You will gain an understanding of how people prepare themselves for war, cope during conflict and adjust to peacetime life.
  • You will be taught by internationally-recognised researchers and clinicians.
  • You will 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.
  • You will examine the psychology of conflict through different cultures.
  • You will 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

Louise Braithwaite - Programme Administrator, louise.braithwaite@kcl.ac.uk

Jacqueline Szczerbinski - Programme Coordinator jacqueline.szczerbinski@kcl.ac.uk

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychological Medicine

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Entry requirements & how to apply


Applicants should have either:

  • A first degree or equivalent in medicine or psychology
  • A 2:2 first degree in any subject
  • Other qualifications and experience which demonstrate an ability to undertake the programme

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

Application procedure

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

Applications are normally processed within two weeks of receiving references. All applicants are welcome to visit the department by arrangement, and students from unusual, i.e. non-biological, backgrounds are normally interviewed.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please detail your reasons for applying to the programme and your future goals. Please try and limit your personal statement to 500 words. 

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. 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.

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Course detail

Description

This course  will give you a critical understanding of the complex methodological, ethical, historical, medical, cultural and empirical aspects of military psychiatry. You will also develop an ability to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the history, development and practice of military psychiatry.

Our course  will enable you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding and skills in the following areas:

  • The nature, significance and complexities of the history, development and practice of military psychiatry.
  • Systematic and reflexive investigation of the literature and the conceptual, therapeutic, operational, historical and ethical issues surrounding the relationship between war and psychiatry.
  • Advanced understanding of a comprehensive range of concepts, theories and methods relevant to military psychiatry.

The course, which can be taken either in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time), places military psychiatry in its appropriate cultural, historical and social context and leads to an internationally recognised qualification.

Intellectual skills:

  • To engage critically with a wide body of literature and to demonstrate the ability to deal with complex concepts and problems to an advanced level.
  • To exercise informed and independent critical judgment across a range of source material involving structured and reasoned argument sustained through both essays and a dissertation.
  • To identify, formulate and articulate solutions to intellectual problems at the forefront of military psychiatry using initiative, originality, creativity and independence.

Practical skills:

  • To gather, organise, evaluate and interpret information from a variety of sources, including, where appropriate, primary materials.
  • To apply concepts, theories and methods in an appropriate, systematic and reflexive manner.
  • To investigate critically, develop and present arguments about, and offer solutions to, complex or narrowly specialised problems at an appropriately advanced level.
  • To make use of constructive feedback to achieve progression in knowledge, understanding, methods and judgment.
  • To organise and maintain individual learning strategies.

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 psychologists, nurses, psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals in the armed forces, emergency service workers and graduates of war studies.

Course format and assessment

Course format

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

Full time: 

War and Psychiatry

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (120 hours) 

Advanced concepts of military psychiatry

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (10 hours) | Self-study time (120 hours) 

Civilians and Extreme Trauma: The impact of warfare, disasters and political repression

Lectures (50 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (60 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (120 hours) 

Dissertation

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (100 hours) | Self-study time (120 hours) 

The above is based on 24 academic weeks 

Part time: 

War and Psychiatry

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (48 hours) 

Advanced concepts of military psychiatry

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (10 hours) | Self-study time (48 hours) 

Civilians and Extreme Trauma: The impact of warfare, disasters and political repression

Lectures (50 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (60 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (48 hours) 

Dissertation

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (100 hours) | Self-study time (48 hours) 

Assessment 

You will be assessed through coursework, though some optional modules offered by the Department of War Studies may include an examination.

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

Extra information

Regulating body

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

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Career prospects

Much of the course content is of a practical nature designed to inform the assessment and treatment of psychological casualties. In addition, our course has invited speakers from the armed forces, military charities and the emergency services. Presentations are given by the IoOPPN’s Careers Consultant and individual meetings with students can be arranged to explore job opportunities.

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. 

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Testimonials

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

£10,400 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£25,950 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£5,200 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£12,975 p.a. (2017/18)*

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

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. 

Deposit

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.

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

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