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Affective Disorders MSc

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Our Affective Disorders course has been created for a broad spectrum of students and mental health professionals who are interested in specialist training from world-class experts. You will study all aspects of affective disorders, ranging from their characterisation and assessment to the challenges of treating these debilitating conditions.

Key benefits

  • Specialist careers for those interested in studying or researching the affective disorders.
  • Valuable insight from those working in the field and those involved in internationally- acclaimed research on the causes and treatment of affective disorders.
  • • A clinical observership in a key mental health service that treats patients with affective disorders (dependent on social distancing rules during the ongoing pandemic).

Affective disorders are also known as mood disorders and the main types include depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. Affective disorders are leading contributors to the global burden of disease and specialist training in this area is currently sparse. The purpose of our course is to meet the growing need for a graduate training course that focuses exclusively on affective disorders. Our Affective Disorders course is accessible to a wide audience, but would be of particular interest to psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, related medical professionals and pharmaceutical scientists. It is especially suitable for health professionals who wish to refocus their career and specialise in affective disorders. It is equally suitable for health professionals who already work in a relevant field and wish to gain recognition for their expertise. It is very well suited for graduates who wish to pursue clinical psychology training, or research PhDs in affective disorders. This course adopts a multidisciplinary approach by capitalising on the most recent findings from a range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines, such as psychiatry, psychology, genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology and biostatistics. Upon completion, you will be able to integrate knowledge from different disciplines and relate it to the behaviours and symptoms present in affective disorders. You will be trained in the key scientific and methodological aspects of affective disorders, their care and related research. You will also gain transferable skills through a variety of tutorials and exercises. You will benefit from the teaching of world-renowned experts in the field, conduct a research project and have the possibility to do a clinical observership across the full range of affective disorders services within the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. You will be taught by The Centre for Affective Disorders, within the IoPPN, which represents a centre of excellence for understanding the science related to mood and anxiety disorders and using this knowledge to develop new treatments, including both psychological and pharmacological treatments. The clinical observership will enable you to observe various presentations, treatments and outcomes first-hand. We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Teaching on this course takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical lab work.  The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research, writing assignments and conducting a research project for your dissertation. 

Module name

Lectures (hours)

Seminars/ tutorials (hours)

Field/lab/ studio/ supervised learning (hours)

Self-directed study (hours)

Total (hours)

Causes & Correlates of Affective Disorders

30

15

15

240

300

Challenges in Treating Affective Disorders

30

15

15

240

300

Research Methods & Statistics for Studying Affective Disorders

29.5

 

17.5

253

300

Understanding Affective Disorders

30

15

15

240

300

Research Project on Affective Disorders

-

-

-

600

600

Assessment

    The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations and coursework.  The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Students on this course are required to take:

    Causes and Correlates of Affective Disorders (30 credits)
    Challenges in Treating Affective Disorders (30 credits)
    Research Methods & Statistics for Studying Affective Disorders (30 credits)
    Understanding Affective Disorders (30 credits)
    Research Project on Affective Disorders (60 credits)

    Optional modules

    There are no optional modules for this course.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Upon completion, you will have a solid understanding of the concepts, theories and practicalities that are relevant to affective disorders. You may go on to enhanced careers in mental health as clinicians and/or policy makers, conduct further full-time study in an academic research environment (e.g. PhD) or in taught clinical courses (e.g. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology), gain employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation. You may also enter scientific publishing.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: N/A

    International:

    Full time: £32,940 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: N/A

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

    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 deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.                    

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • Library fees and fines
    • Personal photocopies
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees
    • Stationery
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses graduation costs.

    Funding

    Affective disorders are also known as mood disorders and the main types include depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. Affective disorders are leading contributors to the global burden of disease and specialist training in this area is currently sparse. The purpose of our course is to meet the growing need for a graduate training course that focuses exclusively on affective disorders. Our Affective Disorders course is accessible to a wide audience, but would be of particular interest to psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, related medical professionals and pharmaceutical scientists. It is especially suitable for health professionals who wish to refocus their career and specialise in affective disorders. It is equally suitable for health professionals who already work in a relevant field and wish to gain recognition for their expertise. It is very well suited for graduates who wish to pursue clinical psychology training, or research PhDs in affective disorders. This course adopts a multidisciplinary approach by capitalising on the most recent findings from a range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines, such as psychiatry, psychology, genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology and biostatistics. Upon completion, you will be able to integrate knowledge from different disciplines and relate it to the behaviours and symptoms present in affective disorders. You will be trained in the key scientific and methodological aspects of affective disorders, their care and related research. You will also gain transferable skills through a variety of tutorials and exercises. You will benefit from the teaching of world-renowned experts in the field, conduct a research project and have the possibility to do a clinical observership across the full range of affective disorders services within the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. You will be taught by The Centre for Affective Disorders, within the IoPPN, which represents a centre of excellence for understanding the science related to mood and anxiety disorders and using this knowledge to develop new treatments, including both psychological and pharmacological treatments. The clinical observership will enable you to observe various presentations, treatments and outcomes first-hand. We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Base campus

    NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
    Denmark Hill Campus

    Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Teaching on this course takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical lab work.  The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research, writing assignments and conducting a research project for your dissertation. 

    Module name

    Lectures (hours)

    Seminars/ tutorials (hours)

    Field/lab/ studio/ supervised learning (hours)

    Self-directed study (hours)

    Total (hours)

    Causes & Correlates of Affective Disorders

    30

    15

    15

    240

    300

    Challenges in Treating Affective Disorders

    30

    15

    15

    240

    300

    Research Methods & Statistics for Studying Affective Disorders

    29.5

     

    17.5

    253

    300

    Understanding Affective Disorders

    30

    15

    15

    240

    300

    Research Project on Affective Disorders

    -

    -

    -

    600

    600

    Assessment

      The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations and coursework.  The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Students on this course are required to take:

      Causes and Correlates of Affective Disorders (30 credits)
      Challenges in Treating Affective Disorders (30 credits)
      Research Methods & Statistics for Studying Affective Disorders (30 credits)
      Understanding Affective Disorders (30 credits)
      Research Project on Affective Disorders (60 credits)

      Optional modules

      There are no optional modules for this course.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Upon completion, you will have a solid understanding of the concepts, theories and practicalities that are relevant to affective disorders. You may go on to enhanced careers in mental health as clinicians and/or policy makers, conduct further full-time study in an academic research environment (e.g. PhD) or in taught clinical courses (e.g. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology), gain employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation. You may also enter scientific publishing.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: N/A

      International:

      Full time: £32,940 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: N/A

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

      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 deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.                    

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • Library fees and fines
      • Personal photocopies
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees
      • Stationery
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses graduation costs.

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