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Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc

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Our unique Early Intervention in Psychosis course provides world- class specialised training in the early identification and clinical treatment of psychosis, focusing on the detection and management of early symptoms. This approach is highly effective in reducing the long-term impact of psychotic illness. You will learn the relevant skills in early intervention and other areas of mental health.

Key benefits

  • The only MSc in Early Intervention in Psychosis worldwide.
  • Integrated approach including biological, psychological and social perspectives.
  • You will acquire expertise and experience applicable to all areas of mental health.
  • Taught by clinicians and academics who have carried out pioneering work in this area.
  • Opportunity to develop your own research ideas or join existing research projects.
  • Individually tailored clinical placement in the National Health Service (NHS).
  • You will receive training and support with your career planning and progression.

Early intervention is an evidence-based approach that combines psychosocial treatment with medication. Because of its success, it’s now a crucial part of mental health services worldwide. We’ve designed this course to help you explore psychosis from biological, psychological and social perspectives. You’ll learn to detect early symptoms and treat them, then put your skills into action on a clinical placement in the NHS (guaranteed to all students). As part of this course, you’ll also complete a quantitative or qualitative research project. Past students have explored genetics of early psychosis, the use of neuroimaging, and predictors of psychotic relapses. This MSc is geared towards students eager to boost their expertise before applying for clinical training or a PhD. But it’s also ideal for doctors, psychologists and nurses aiming to take their career to the next level. “We make a real effort to pair students with a clinical supervisor with a similar background to them. This enables each student to gain experience and expertise that are relevant to their career progression.” Prof. Andrea Mechelli, 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

Early Intervention Service Implementation

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (4 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (256 hours)

Pharmacological Interventions in Early Psychosis

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (4 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (256 hours)

Psychosocial Interventions in Early Psychosis

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (4 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (256 hours)

Research Methods in Early Intervention in Psychosis

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (4 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (256 hours)

Research Project in Early Intervention Psychosis

Lectures (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (184 hours) | Self-study time (408 hours)

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

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.

Assessment

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

    Structure

    Required modules

    Students on this course are required to take: The part-time students study the taught modules over the two years. You are required to take the following modules:

    Introduction to Early Intervention in Psychosis (30 credits)
    Pharmacological Interventions in Early Psychosis (30 credits)
    Psychosocial Interventions in Early Psychosis (30 credits)
    Research Methods in Early Intervention Psychosis (30 credits)
    Research Project in Early Intervention Psychosis (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

    The expertise and experience acquired on this MSc are relevant and applicable to all areas of mental health. Therefore, after completing this course, you will be in a strong position to pursue a career in mental health. Most of our students go on to clinical psychology training (e.g. DClinPsy), other clinical training (e.g. IAPT) or a research position (e.g. PhD). Clinicians completing this course have enhanced their career and/or obtained clinical research positions.

    Career destinations

    • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) at King's College London

    • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) at University College London

    • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) at Royal Holloway University

    • Assistant psychologist in the National Health Service (NHS)

    • PhD at King's College London

    • PhD at University College London

    • PhD at Birkbeck College

    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
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • DBS checks 
    • 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

    Early intervention is an evidence-based approach that combines psychosocial treatment with medication. Because of its success, it’s now a crucial part of mental health services worldwide. We’ve designed this course to help you explore psychosis from biological, psychological and social perspectives. You’ll learn to detect early symptoms and treat them, then put your skills into action on a clinical placement in the NHS (guaranteed to all students). As part of this course, you’ll also complete a quantitative or qualitative research project. Past students have explored genetics of early psychosis, the use of neuroimaging, and predictors of psychotic relapses. This MSc is geared towards students eager to boost their expertise before applying for clinical training or a PhD. But it’s also ideal for doctors, psychologists and nurses aiming to take their career to the next level. “We make a real effort to pair students with a clinical supervisor with a similar background to them. This enables each student to gain experience and expertise that are relevant to their career progression.” Prof. Andrea Mechelli, 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

    Early Intervention Service Implementation

    Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (4 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (256 hours)

    Pharmacological Interventions in Early Psychosis

    Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (4 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (256 hours)

    Psychosocial Interventions in Early Psychosis

    Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (4 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (256 hours)

    Research Methods in Early Intervention in Psychosis

    Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (4 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (256 hours)

    Research Project in Early Intervention Psychosis

    Lectures (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (184 hours) | Self-study time (408 hours)

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

    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.

    Assessment

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

      Structure

      Required modules

      Students on this course are required to take: The part-time students study the taught modules over the two years. You are required to take the following modules:

      Introduction to Early Intervention in Psychosis (30 credits)
      Pharmacological Interventions in Early Psychosis (30 credits)
      Psychosocial Interventions in Early Psychosis (30 credits)
      Research Methods in Early Intervention Psychosis (30 credits)
      Research Project in Early Intervention Psychosis (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

      The expertise and experience acquired on this MSc are relevant and applicable to all areas of mental health. Therefore, after completing this course, you will be in a strong position to pursue a career in mental health. Most of our students go on to clinical psychology training (e.g. DClinPsy), other clinical training (e.g. IAPT) or a research position (e.g. PhD). Clinicians completing this course have enhanced their career and/or obtained clinical research positions.

      Career destinations

      • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) at King's College London

      • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) at University College London

      • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) at Royal Holloway University

      • Assistant psychologist in the National Health Service (NHS)

      • PhD at King's College London

      • PhD at University College London

      • PhD at Birkbeck College

      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
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • DBS checks 
      • 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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