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Mental Health Studies MSc

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Our Mental Health Studies MSc course will equip you with the relevant knowledge in the field of mental health and provide you with the opportunity to examine one area further through both theoretical and empirical research. While our Mental Health Studies course, which was established in 1992, offers mental health professionals a range of opportunities for continuing professional development, an equally high number of our students have not yet embarked on professional training. Some come with a relevant first degree, usually in psychology, and already have work experience in the mental health field.

Key benefits

  • Choice of eight optional modules on offer in a number of different mental health fields.
  • Regular contributions from practising clinicians, including world leading experts across all psychiatric specialties from the allied South London & Maudsley Hospital (SLaM), and from visiting specialist lecturers.
  • Well-established Voluntary Clinical Placements module within SLaM, the largest UK NHS Trust.
  • Opportunity to join existing research projects or develop your own research ideas.

Our Mental Health Studies course consists of the following modules: Basic Mental Health, a combination of modules in Research Methods, a Research Dissertation and a choice of two 30-credit or one 30-credit and two 15-credit optional modules. Our Mental Health Studies course consists of the following modules: Basic Mental Health, a combination of modules in Research Methods, a Research Dissertation and a choice of two 30-credit or one 30-credit and two 15-credit optional modules. The Basic Mental Health module provides an overview of the theoretical perspectives on mental illness, diagnosis and assessment, psychiatric disorders and treatment, and approaches to management and care. The modules in Research Methods cover quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and provide the foundations for your own research project. 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. “Every year we find innovative ways to improve learning. For example, we have a subscription to the National Elf Service blog. This helps students keep up with the latest debates and developments in the field”. Dr Jenny Kravariti, Course Leader

Base campus

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

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Teaching methods - what to expect

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Basic Mental Health

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)|Self-directed study (250 hours)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)|Self-directed study (250 hours)

Psychological Therapies

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)|Self-directed study (250 hours)

Social & Community Mental Health

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)|Self-directed study (250 hours)

Women's Mental Health

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)|Self-directed study (250 hours)

Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) |Self-directed study (125 hours)

Pharmacotherapies in Mental Health

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) |Self-directed study (125 hours)

Disaster Response: Mental Health, Behaviour & Communication

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)|Self-directed study (250 hours)

Dissertation

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (20 hours)|Self-directed study (580 hours)

Combination of modules in research methods

Introductory Statistics

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)|Self-directed study (125 hours)

Statistics for Mental Health Research

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)|Self-directed study (125 hours)

Advanced Statistics

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)|Self-directed study (125 hours)

Qualitative Research Methods

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)|Self-directed study (125 hours)

Systematic Reviews in Mental Health

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)|Self-directed study (125 hours)

Big Data in Mental Health Research

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)|Self-directed study (125 hours)

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Teaching

We have a team of academics and clinicians who lead the different modules on this course. Their diverse expertise gives you an insight into the wide spectrum of challenges in the field.

Although this isn’t a clinical course, we make learning relevant to practice. Our teaching equips you for further training, explains how research applies to practice, and keeps you up to speed with the latest research.

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.

    Structure

    Required modules

    You are required to take the following modules:

    Basic Mental Health (30 credits)
    Research Methods (30 credits)

    Term 1

    Introductory Statistics (15 credits)
    Statistics for Mental Health Research (15 credits)

    Term 2

    Advanced Statistics (15 credits)
    Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
    Big Data in Mental Health Research (0 credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition, you take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (30 Credits)
    Psychological Therapies (30 credits)
    Social & Community Mental Health (30 credits)
    Women’s Mental Health (30 credits)
    Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis (15 credits)
    Pharmacotherapies in Mental Health (15 credits)
    Disaster Response: Mental Health, Behaviour & Communication (30 credits)

    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

    Graduates pursue various careers in mental health, including clinical training, research assistant positions and PhD study.

    After this MSc, you’ll have the skills you need to start a career in a variety of mental health areas. You’ll also be ready to apply for clinical training, research assistant positions, or PhD study.   

    With a grounding in issues and debates in the field, you’ll be a great fit for roles outside the NHS and academia too. For example, you might work as a consultant helping government bodies respond to disasters. 

    If you joined us with experience in the field, you’ll have boosted your career prospects. You’ll also feel confident carrying out research alongside clinical practice.   

    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
    • Stationery
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    Our Mental Health Studies course consists of the following modules: Basic Mental Health, a combination of modules in Research Methods, a Research Dissertation and a choice of two 30-credit or one 30-credit and two 15-credit optional modules. Our Mental Health Studies course consists of the following modules: Basic Mental Health, a combination of modules in Research Methods, a Research Dissertation and a choice of two 30-credit or one 30-credit and two 15-credit optional modules. The Basic Mental Health module provides an overview of the theoretical perspectives on mental illness, diagnosis and assessment, psychiatric disorders and treatment, and approaches to management and care. The modules in Research Methods cover quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and provide the foundations for your own research project. 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. “Every year we find innovative ways to improve learning. For example, we have a subscription to the National Elf Service blog. This helps students keep up with the latest debates and developments in the field”. Dr Jenny Kravariti, Course Leader

    Base campus

    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 through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

    Basic Mental Health

    Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)|Self-directed study (250 hours)

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

    Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)|Self-directed study (250 hours)

    Psychological Therapies

    Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)|Self-directed study (250 hours)

    Social & Community Mental Health

    Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)|Self-directed study (250 hours)

    Women's Mental Health

    Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)|Self-directed study (250 hours)

    Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis

    Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) |Self-directed study (125 hours)

    Pharmacotherapies in Mental Health

    Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) |Self-directed study (125 hours)

    Disaster Response: Mental Health, Behaviour & Communication

    Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)|Self-directed study (250 hours)

    Dissertation

    Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (20 hours)|Self-directed study (580 hours)

    Combination of modules in research methods

    Introductory Statistics

    Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)|Self-directed study (125 hours)

    Statistics for Mental Health Research

    Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)|Self-directed study (125 hours)

    Advanced Statistics

    Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)|Self-directed study (125 hours)

    Qualitative Research Methods

    Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)|Self-directed study (125 hours)

    Systematic Reviews in Mental Health

    Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)|Self-directed study (125 hours)

    Big Data in Mental Health Research

    Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)|Self-directed study (125 hours)

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Teaching

    We have a team of academics and clinicians who lead the different modules on this course. Their diverse expertise gives you an insight into the wide spectrum of challenges in the field.

    Although this isn’t a clinical course, we make learning relevant to practice. Our teaching equips you for further training, explains how research applies to practice, and keeps you up to speed with the latest research.

    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.

      Structure

      Required modules

      You are required to take the following modules:

      Basic Mental Health (30 credits)
      Research Methods (30 credits)

      Term 1

      Introductory Statistics (15 credits)
      Statistics for Mental Health Research (15 credits)

      Term 2

      Advanced Statistics (15 credits)
      Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
      Big Data in Mental Health Research (0 credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition, you take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

      Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (30 Credits)
      Psychological Therapies (30 credits)
      Social & Community Mental Health (30 credits)
      Women’s Mental Health (30 credits)
      Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis (15 credits)
      Pharmacotherapies in Mental Health (15 credits)
      Disaster Response: Mental Health, Behaviour & Communication (30 credits)

      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

      Graduates pursue various careers in mental health, including clinical training, research assistant positions and PhD study.

      After this MSc, you’ll have the skills you need to start a career in a variety of mental health areas. You’ll also be ready to apply for clinical training, research assistant positions, or PhD study.   

      With a grounding in issues and debates in the field, you’ll be a great fit for roles outside the NHS and academia too. For example, you might work as a consultant helping government bodies respond to disasters. 

      If you joined us with experience in the field, you’ll have boosted your career prospects. You’ll also feel confident carrying out research alongside clinical practice.   

      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
      • Stationery
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • Graduation costs

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