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From its earliest years, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has been fundamentally changing and shaping how we understand, prevent and treat mental illness and other conditions that affect the brain.  The legacy, ethos and drive of the IoPPN has ensured its position at the forefront of mental health care, redefining mental illness, its treatment and its place in society.

At the IoPPN, our staff and students work to transform care for people who are affected by mental health and neurological conditions, through world-class research, education and training, and to serve our communities locally and globally. We are at the forefront of global mental health research and through our partnerships foster research and training in policy, prevention, treatment and care around the world. 

The IoPPN is a leading centre for mental health and neuroscience research in Europe. It produces more highly cited outputs (top 1% citations) on psychiatry and mental health than any other centre (SciVal 2023), and on this metric has risen from 16th (2014) to 4th (2023) in the world for highly cited neuroscience outputs.

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, 90% of research at the IoPPN was deemed ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. World-leading research from the IoPPN has made, and continues to make, an impact on how we understand, prevent and treat mental illness, neurological conditions and other conditions that affect the brain.  

Located at both the Denmark Hill and Guy's campuses, we have a rich history of pioneering research, enhancing patient care, influencing policy change, raising awareness of conditions affecting the brain or sharing knowledge through education. 

Study of the mind and human brain is one of the most exciting and important areas of advancing medical science, and  making a difference is at the heart of what we do.

Key Facts

We have been training & cultivating the finest scientific minds in the field since our foundation in 1948

Our exceptional staff includes 30 of the most highly cited researchers in their field

We have three world class Schools: Mental Health & Psychological Sciences, Academic Psychiatry, and Neuroscience

Our Students

Each year, we welcome almost 800 of some of the very best students from over 70 countries

We have 27 well-established and evolving postgraduate taught courses which fit into our three Schools

Our postgraduate research students benefit from our world-class facilities, fantastic support networks and training opportunities

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Our Schools

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