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Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc

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Our Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc course is delivered by two internationally recognised centres of excellence and provides an integrated, strongly interdisciplinary, education in mental health, ethics and law. It equips graduates to become leaders in healthcare, mental health law or policy. As a student on the programme, you will have the unique opportunity to study alongside others from a wide range of academic and professional disciplines at the heart of London’s legal and psychiatric world.

Key benefits

  • In-depth and integrated clinical, philosophical and legal analysis of key issues presented in the field of mental health.
  • Run by the UK's first Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, in collaboration with Europe's largest centre for research and teaching in psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience: the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience.
  • Teaching is based in central London, and teaching staff maintain close links with national and international policy makers and leading legal and clinical practitioner communities.

Josephine is a current student on MA Medical Ethics and Law, who is taking the Ethics and Law core modules which form part of the MSc Mental Health, Ethics and Law programme.

Josephine, Mental Health, Ethics and Law

We have developed a strongly interdisciplinary course designed to investigate the interface between mental health, law and ethics at a theoretical level and to engage directly with the dilemmas and experience of illness encountered in practice. The course will expand your understanding both within and beyond your own disciplines, and will provide you with the skills necessary to analyse and critique current mental health law, practice and policy. The course is for anyone concerned with mental health who wishes to study the clinical, ethical and legal thinking behind current law, policy and clinical practice. It has been designed for health professionals, lawyers, policy makers and all those with a relevant first degree who are keen to consider the difficult questions raised by mental ill health and society’s response. Some optional modules are taught exclusively online. 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 campuses

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, the 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

You will be taught mostly through seminar-style teaching.

The following information will give you an idea of what a typical academic week might look like.

Full-time

There will be 6-8 hours per week of lectures, seminars and feedback. Students are expected to spend 32-34 hours per week engaged in self-study.

Part-time

There will be 2-6 hours per week of lectures, seminars and feedback. Students are expected to spend 14-16 hours per week engaged in self-study.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks (including induction week, and, depending on module choices, may include reading weeks, and revision weeks); self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks.

The total notional study hours for the MSc are 1,800. Notional study hours comprise formal teaching and learning activities, such as lectures and tutorials, as well as assessments and independent research and study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

As indicated, some optional modules are taught exclusively online. 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

  • Examinations
  • Course Work
  • Presentations
  • Reaction Papers

You will be primarily assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework.

The modules assessed through coursework typically involve one essay of 3500 words maximum. In addition to coursework and exams, a percentage of your final mark may be based on assignments (such as presentations or reaction papers) given in class.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Regulating Body

King's College is regulated by the HIgher Education Funding Council for England.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Concepts of Psychiatry (15 credits)
Mental Health Ethics (15 credits)
Mental Health and Capacity Law: The Civil Context (15 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take 75-85 credits from a range of optional modules that may include:

Pro-social & Anti-social Behaviour across the Lifespan (30 or 15 credits)
Specialist Forensic Services: Assessment, Treatment & Development (30 or 15 credits)
Psychology and Neuroscience of Addiction (online module, 15 credits)
Psychology and Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (online module, 15 credits)
Psychology and Neuroscience of Psychosis (online module, 15 credits)
Neuroscience and Society (online module, 15 credits)
Mental Health in the Community (online module, 15 credits)
Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Child development (online module, 15 credits)
Social, Genetic and Environmental foundations of Mental Health (online module, 15 credits
Techniques in Neuroscience (online module, 15 credits)
The Concept of Mental Disorder (20 credits)
Philosophy of Medicine (15 credits)
Illness Narrative as Life Writing (15 credits)
Medical Law 1: Consent, Refusal & Request (15 credits)
Coroners and Inquests (15 credits)
Law at the End of Life (15 credits)
Law and Reproduction (15 credits)
Medical Law II: Negligence & Misadventure (15 credits)
Criminal Law and Mental Disorder (15 credits)
Mental Health Ethics (15 credits)
Public Health Ethics (15 credits)
Reproductive Ethics (15 credits)
Global Health Ethics (15 credits)
Clinical Research Ethics (15 credits)
Moral Theory & Medical Ethics (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant courses of study. The options on offer can also vary depending on the availability of specialist teaching staff. Therefore, the optional modules offered may change. We expect to finalize the module list by June 30th, 2022. If you would like further information about module availability, please contact pgt-law@kcl.ac.uk after this date.

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

You will be able to use this course for many different career opportunities. These include:

  • Roles in relevant policy-related areas, including positions in mental health advocacy groups nationally and internationally, professional regulatory organisations and government departments in the UK or overseas.
  • For clinical practitioners, professional development to support promotion, or to take your career in a more specialist direction in clinical management, education or research;
  • For legal practitioners, opportunities for specialisation in mental health and mental capacity law.
  • A stepping-stone to a career in clinical psychology or other clinical roles within the NHS or other healthcare settings.
  • Possibilities to move into the private sector, such as scientific publishing, human resources, occupational health, management consultancy or roles.
  • A stepping-stone to pursue doctoral-level research (PhD or MD(Res)), which may lead into an academic career.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 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 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Binding costs
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Funding

We have developed a strongly interdisciplinary course designed to investigate the interface between mental health, law and ethics at a theoretical level and to engage directly with the dilemmas and experience of illness encountered in practice. The course will expand your understanding both within and beyond your own disciplines, and will provide you with the skills necessary to analyse and critique current mental health law, practice and policy. The course is for anyone concerned with mental health who wishes to study the clinical, ethical and legal thinking behind current law, policy and clinical practice. It has been designed for health professionals, lawyers, policy makers and all those with a relevant first degree who are keen to consider the difficult questions raised by mental ill health and society’s response. Some optional modules are taught exclusively online. 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 campuses

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, the 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

You will be taught mostly through seminar-style teaching.

The following information will give you an idea of what a typical academic week might look like.

Full-time

There will be 6-8 hours per week of lectures, seminars and feedback. Students are expected to spend 32-34 hours per week engaged in self-study.

Part-time

There will be 2-6 hours per week of lectures, seminars and feedback. Students are expected to spend 14-16 hours per week engaged in self-study.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks (including induction week, and, depending on module choices, may include reading weeks, and revision weeks); self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks.

The total notional study hours for the MSc are 1,800. Notional study hours comprise formal teaching and learning activities, such as lectures and tutorials, as well as assessments and independent research and study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

As indicated, some optional modules are taught exclusively online. 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

  • Examinations
  • Course Work
  • Presentations
  • Reaction Papers

You will be primarily assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework.

The modules assessed through coursework typically involve one essay of 3500 words maximum. In addition to coursework and exams, a percentage of your final mark may be based on assignments (such as presentations or reaction papers) given in class.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Regulating Body

King's College is regulated by the HIgher Education Funding Council for England.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Concepts of Psychiatry (15 credits)
Mental Health Ethics (15 credits)
Mental Health and Capacity Law: The Civil Context (15 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take 75-85 credits from a range of optional modules that may include:

Pro-social & Anti-social Behaviour across the Lifespan (30 or 15 credits)
Specialist Forensic Services: Assessment, Treatment & Development (30 or 15 credits)
Psychology and Neuroscience of Addiction (online module, 15 credits)
Psychology and Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (online module, 15 credits)
Psychology and Neuroscience of Psychosis (online module, 15 credits)
Neuroscience and Society (online module, 15 credits)
Mental Health in the Community (online module, 15 credits)
Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Child development (online module, 15 credits)
Social, Genetic and Environmental foundations of Mental Health (online module, 15 credits
Techniques in Neuroscience (online module, 15 credits)
The Concept of Mental Disorder (20 credits)
Philosophy of Medicine (15 credits)
Illness Narrative as Life Writing (15 credits)
Medical Law 1: Consent, Refusal & Request (15 credits)
Coroners and Inquests (15 credits)
Law at the End of Life (15 credits)
Law and Reproduction (15 credits)
Medical Law II: Negligence & Misadventure (15 credits)
Criminal Law and Mental Disorder (15 credits)
Mental Health Ethics (15 credits)
Public Health Ethics (15 credits)
Reproductive Ethics (15 credits)
Global Health Ethics (15 credits)
Clinical Research Ethics (15 credits)
Moral Theory & Medical Ethics (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant courses of study. The options on offer can also vary depending on the availability of specialist teaching staff. Therefore, the optional modules offered may change. We expect to finalize the module list by June 30th, 2022. If you would like further information about module availability, please contact pgt-law@kcl.ac.uk after this date.

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

You will be able to use this course for many different career opportunities. These include:

  • Roles in relevant policy-related areas, including positions in mental health advocacy groups nationally and internationally, professional regulatory organisations and government departments in the UK or overseas.
  • For clinical practitioners, professional development to support promotion, or to take your career in a more specialist direction in clinical management, education or research;
  • For legal practitioners, opportunities for specialisation in mental health and mental capacity law.
  • A stepping-stone to a career in clinical psychology or other clinical roles within the NHS or other healthcare settings.
  • Possibilities to move into the private sector, such as scientific publishing, human resources, occupational health, management consultancy or roles.
  • A stepping-stone to pursue doctoral-level research (PhD or MD(Res)), which may lead into an academic career.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 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 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Binding costs
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Funding

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