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The Department of Psychology: at the forefront of research into clinical practice for over 60 years

Since the Department of Psychology was founded in 1950, it has carried on a distinguished programme of research, teaching and clinical practice, with a long-standing link with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. In 2004, the psychology sections of Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine merged with the Department, creating one of the world’s largest groupings of clinical and health psychologists. Today, Psychology is one of the largest departments in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. 

The department offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. These include our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (the UK’s oldest training programme which helped to establish the scientist/practitioner model that is now almost universal in the field), our MSc in Health Psychology, and BSc programmes (BSc Psychology, BSc Neuroscience with Psychology, and Intercalated BSc in Psychology). In addition, we are internationally renowned for our wide range of clinical training programmes for mental health professionals including diplomas and certificates in CBT Psychosis, Family & Early Intervention, high intensity Adult IAPT training, CYP IAPT (Children & Young People) training and IAPT for Long Term Conditions/Medically Unexplained Symptoms. These courses are made possible by the expertise of the staff within the department and elsewhere within the IoPPN and our close ties with our NHS partners, the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation TrustGuy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and King’s College London NHS Foundation Trust. Many members of academic staff are qualified Clinical and Health Psychologists providing expert psychological services to our NHS partners are part of their work.

The Department’s research interests span a wide range of mental health disorders and physical health problems, including anxiety disorders, trauma, somatoform disorders, pain, psychosis, depression, antisocial personality, disorders in childhood and adolescence, emotion and personality, and neurodegeneration. In physical health, we work at the interface between physical health and mental health and wellbeing, focusing on the development and evaluation of new psychological treatments and on understanding the mechanisms that maintain psychological distress. Much of our past work has informed UK national treatment guidelines in mental and physical health. The breadth of research expertise has broadened considerably with the recruitment of ‘basic’ cognitive and social psychologists whose interests intersect with and extend our existing profile in translational and applied research.

Undergraduate degrees

UCAS Code C800, C801 (with year abroad), C802 (with professional placement year) Duration Three years. Students may apply to a four year pathway with a professional placement or year abroad. Studying Psychology at King's means joining Europe's largest centre for research and education in this field.Our Psychology BSc will help you to apply psychological science to a variety of contemporary social challenges. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Read our Psychology BSc student-authored papers.

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UCAS Code C845, C846 (with year abroad), C847 (with professional placement year) Duration Three years. Students may apply to a four year pathway with a professional placement or year abroad. King's College London is a world-leader in the field of neuroscience research, and is ranked 2nd in the world for psychology and psychiatry (US News Global Universities). You will be learning from leaders in the field, in state-of-the-art facilities, in the heart of London.

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Duration One year
Psychology Intercalated BSc online prospectus

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Postgraduate degree courses

Duration 3 years FT, September to September.

The three year full-time Health Care Professions Council approved and BPS accredited DClinPsy programme trains clinical psychologists who embody the scientist-practitioner ideal and will go on to become leaders in the NHS.

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Duration One year FT, September to September

Our BPS-accredited Health Psychology MSc is specifically designed for graduate psychologists who wish to obtain BPS recognition as a charted health psychologist. The programme combines classroom teaching, individual study, and practical work in statistics, supervised research project and a 100-hour health-based clinical placement.

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Duration Usually 3 years full-time/ 6 years part-time (some funding modes permit slightly longer periods of study)

Psychological Academic Research postgraduate study

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See if you're eligible for a Master's Scholarship for 2021 entry.

Professional training courses

Duration: 1-2 years part-time

The programme offers training pathways in evidence-based cognitive behavioural interventions for people with psychosis and bipolar and their families/caregivers, designed for people working in frontline mental health settings, at both practitioner and supervisor levels.

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The IAPT LTC training provides top up training for therapists and trained step 3 clinicians working in IAPT services, funded by Health Education England. It consists of 10 training day workshops featuring leading experienced experts in their respective fields.

  • PGDip CYP IAPT Therapy
    Duration 1 year, usually a January start The 1 year full time Therapies programme trains a new workforce in evidence-based therapies for children and young people
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  • PGCert CYP IAPT Supervision
    Duration 1 year, usually a January start The 1 year part time Supervision programme supports and develops supervisors of the new workforce of Recruit-to-Train evidence-based Therapies practitioners; Education Mental Health Practitioners, and Child Wellbeing Practitioners working with children and young people
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  • PGCert CYP Psychological Wellbeing Practice
    Duration 1 year, September or January start The 1 year CWP programme trains a new workforce in evidence-based low intensity interventions for children and young people in community settings
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  • PGDip Education Mental Health Practice
    Duration 1 year, September or January start The 1 year EMHP programme trains a new workforce in evidence-based low intensity interventions for children and young people in schools as part of a wider Mental Health Support Team
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Educational training and other resources

Online training materials available here

Please go to the ‘Introduction’ folder first and play the video to introduce the training. The pdfs are of the introductory slides and the video links for the whole of the training. Once you have these, you can start with Module 1 and work through at your own pace.


Our Senior Leadership team is

Head of Department:

Professor Rona Moss-Morris

Deputy Heads of Department:

Professor Mike Aitken

Professor Tony Charman

Business Manager:

Christine Woburn

Further information for prospective students

Professional training

Professional training

The IoPPN offers a range of professional training opportunities to support your career development.



Careers in Psychiatry, Mental Health, and Psychology