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Why study at the IoPPN?


The IoPPN is one of the world’s largest postgraduate centres for research and teaching in psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience.

Our mission is to increase the understanding of how the brain and the mind work and to use this understanding to improve the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders. We believe in contributing to society, by enhancing patient care, raising awareness of conditions affecting the brain and sharing knowledge and skills through education.

Each year we are joined by 800 students who join a thriving community of scholars and global leaders in their field. Here are some of the reasons that they chose the IoPPN for their postgraduate study.

Academic excellence

  • King’s is ranked 1st in Europe for Psychiatry & Psychology (US News, Best Global Universities).
  • In the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise, our research impact was 100% world-leading.  
  • We were awarded a Regius Professorship of Psychiatry by Her Majesty The Queen in 2013, the first Regius Chair to be associated with psychiatry or mental health. It was awarded as a reflection of the exceptionally high quality of teaching and research at the IoPPN.
  • World renowned for the quality of our research, we are the most cited research centre outside the US and the second most cited in the world, as ranked by Thomson ISI Essential Science Indicators.
  • Together with the South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust (SLaM), we host the only specialist Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health in the UK, working towards better treatment, earlier diagnosis and individualised healthcare.
  • We are home to five prestigious research centres, including two Medical Research Council Centres – all of which have secured a place at the forefront of international scientific research in the field.  

Clinical focus

  • We share a site with the world famous Maudsley Hospital, part of SLaM, which has the largest portfolio of mental healthcare in the UK.
  • Through our links with SLaM and King’s Health Partners, many of our taught programmes include clinical placements and our research students have access to large clinical populations.
  • Many of our staff have significant clinical expertise, meaning the content of our programmes is clinically relevant and our research findings are translated into clinical practice, spanning from bench to bedside. 
  • Our students are exposed to a diverse clinical population.

A like-minded community

  • Our students are encouraged to attend and contribute to symposia, debates, workshops and lectures covering a wide range mental health related disciplines.
  • All students are pursuing courses relating to mental health, creating a lively environment for the exchange of ideas and knowledge, as well as an insight into related areas.
  • Close contact between staff and students and relatively small groups enables our students to rub shoulders with experts in the field and become part of the dialogue of their chosen discipline.
  • Interdisciplinarity is key to what we do. As well as close working across IoPPN departments, we have close links with clinical and other academic departments across King’s, e.g. King’s College Hospital’s division of Neurosciences and the Department of War Studies. 
  • We welcome more than 8,500 international students from more than 140 countries at King's - many of those study at the IoPPN. This diversity is also reflected in our truly international academic community resulting in exciting international collaborations and cutting edge work with strategic partners.

Leaders in the field

Our students are taught by and have the opportunity to network with leaders in the field of mental health, many of whom hold significant positions in key organisations and have received prestigious awards.

What IoPPN students think

Find out what current IoPPN students and graduates say about their time here.

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