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Clinical Neuropsychiatry MSc

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Clinical neuropsychiatry considers mental disorders from a neurological standpoint. It is an exciting and developing area of study. Our MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry will allow students to develop the skills and knowledge required to specialize in neuropsychiatry as a clinician or academic. We welcome biomedical and psychology graduates, as well as psychiatrists, neurologists and psychologists onto the course. (Please note that the course is not itself a clinical qualification; in order to practice as a clinician in a neuropsychiatry team you will need to undertake specific clinical training, such as medical school, nursing training, clinical psychology, occupational therapy etc.) 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.

Key benefits

  • SLaM offers the widest range of mental health services in the UK and provides one of only two NHS inpatient neuropsychiatry units.
  • Unrivalled access to international experts across clinical and basic sciences relevant to neuropsychiatry.
  • State-of-the-art equipment: Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, MRC Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (the only Mental Health specific centre of its kind). Access to EEG/ ERPs and TMS equipment at King's College Hospital.
  • Clinical observership (subject to availability) - including practical experience of clinical assessment and management. This scheme will give the student exposure to the work of the wide variety of neuropsychiatry services in the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and related disciplines such as neurology and neuropsychology within the wider King's Health Partners (KHP) – particularly those at King's College Hospital (KCH). These modules will include clinical supervision and mentorship in presenting case discussions.

Clinical neuropsychiatry involves an exciting mix of scientific and clinical work. Because of the varied nature of the subject, it’s suitable for people from a range of backgrounds, whether you’ve just graduated from biomedical sciences or psychology, or you’re already working as a psychologist, psychiatrist, neurologist or other health professional. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has the country’s only inpatient neuropsychiatry unit dealing with complex patients with functional neurological disorders and brain injury. And King’s College Hospital hosts a range of specialist services, from deep brain simulation to management of motor neurone disease. You’ll have access to a complete range of patients through our partnerships. Examples of services where clinical observerships may be possible include inpatient and outpatient neuropsychiatry, liaison psychiatry, memory clinics, epilepsy, stroke, brain injury rehab, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, motor neurone disease and functional neurological disorders. (Note that students cannot be guaranteed their first choice of observership). Your dissertation is a chance to delve deeper into a subject you’re interested in. You’ll agree on a topic with your supervisor then carry out research using our state-of-the-art equipment. “Within the team at King’s, we have clinical academics and neurologists specialising in a range of areas including mood disorders, functional neurological disorders, cognitive disorders and more.” Dr Paul Shotbolt, Course Leader

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

Course format 

Scientific Foundations of Neuropsychiatry

Lectures (47 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (7 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (11 hours) | Self-directed study (235 hours)

Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Lectures (39 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (7 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (16 hours) | Self-directed study (238 hours)

Management of Neuropsychiatric disorders

Lectures (33 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (24 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (11 hours) | Self-directed study (232 hours)

Research Methods & Statistics

Lectures (28 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (18 hours) | Self-directed study (254 hours)

Dissertation

Self-directed study (600 hours)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations, coursework and practical (individual/ projects). 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: Part-Time students You are required to take 60 credits of required taught modules in the first year. In the second year, part-time students are required to take the remaining 60 credits of the required taught modules (from the first year) in their second year and a dissertation (60 credits).

    Scientific Foundations of Neuropsychiatry (30 credits)
    Neuropsychiatric disorders (30 credits)
    Management of Neuropsychiatric disorders (30 credits)
    Research Methods & Statistics (30 credits)
    Dissertation (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 clinical neuropsychiatry. The course will prepare you for a career in neuropsychiatry (note that you will also require a medical degree and postgraduate psychiatry training for this) or will serve as professional development to enhance your current career as a clinician or policymaker.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

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

    Part time: £7,035 per year (2022/23)

    International:

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

    Part time: £16,470 per year (2022/23)

    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
    • DBS checks
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • Library fees and fines
    • Personal photocopies
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees
    • Stationary
    • Graduation costs
    • Travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and to your optional clinical observership

    Funding

    Clinical neuropsychiatry involves an exciting mix of scientific and clinical work. Because of the varied nature of the subject, it’s suitable for people from a range of backgrounds, whether you’ve just graduated from biomedical sciences or psychology, or you’re already working as a psychologist, psychiatrist, neurologist or other health professional. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has the country’s only inpatient neuropsychiatry unit dealing with complex patients with functional neurological disorders and brain injury. And King’s College Hospital hosts a range of specialist services, from deep brain simulation to management of motor neurone disease. You’ll have access to a complete range of patients through our partnerships. Examples of services where clinical observerships may be possible include inpatient and outpatient neuropsychiatry, liaison psychiatry, memory clinics, epilepsy, stroke, brain injury rehab, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, motor neurone disease and functional neurological disorders. (Note that students cannot be guaranteed their first choice of observership). Your dissertation is a chance to delve deeper into a subject you’re interested in. You’ll agree on a topic with your supervisor then carry out research using our state-of-the-art equipment. “Within the team at King’s, we have clinical academics and neurologists specialising in a range of areas including mood disorders, functional neurological disorders, cognitive disorders and more.” Dr Paul Shotbolt, Course Leader

    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

    Course format 

    Scientific Foundations of Neuropsychiatry

    Lectures (47 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (7 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (11 hours) | Self-directed study (235 hours)

    Neuropsychiatric Disorders

    Lectures (39 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (7 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (16 hours) | Self-directed study (238 hours)

    Management of Neuropsychiatric disorders

    Lectures (33 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (24 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (11 hours) | Self-directed study (232 hours)

    Research Methods & Statistics

    Lectures (28 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (18 hours) | Self-directed study (254 hours)

    Dissertation

    Self-directed study (600 hours)

    Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations, coursework and practical (individual/ projects). 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: Part-Time students You are required to take 60 credits of required taught modules in the first year. In the second year, part-time students are required to take the remaining 60 credits of the required taught modules (from the first year) in their second year and a dissertation (60 credits).

      Scientific Foundations of Neuropsychiatry (30 credits)
      Neuropsychiatric disorders (30 credits)
      Management of Neuropsychiatric disorders (30 credits)
      Research Methods & Statistics (30 credits)
      Dissertation (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 clinical neuropsychiatry. The course will prepare you for a career in neuropsychiatry (note that you will also require a medical degree and postgraduate psychiatry training for this) or will serve as professional development to enhance your current career as a clinician or policymaker.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

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

      Part time: £7,035 per year (2022/23)

      International:

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

      Part time: £16,470 per year (2022/23)

      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
      • DBS checks
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • Library fees and fines
      • Personal photocopies
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees
      • Stationary
      • Graduation costs
      • Travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and to your optional clinical observership

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