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Psychology

 

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 courses

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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UCAS Code N/A
Duration One year
Psychology Intercalated BSc online prospectus

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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).

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Postgraduate courses

Duration One year FT, October start

Study PG Dip Cognitive Behavioural Therapies in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London.

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Duration PG Dip two years (part-time); one year fast-track (full-time) - PG Cert one year (part-time).

The PG Dip course equips students with a critical understanding of psychological models of psychosis and the skills to deliver high quality and creative cognitive behavioural interventions. The shorter PG Cert course focuses on clinical skills, for clinicians, or on theoretical background for researchers, academics and non-practitioners.

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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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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

Careers

Careers in Psychiatry, Mental Health, and Psychology