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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.


Throughout the course, you’ll learn from international experts across academic and clinical aspects of the subject. We have an experienced teaching team within the course, and we bring in other specialists for wider topics around the subject. 

Whether you want to hear the latest developments in cognitive science, or you’re interested in industry collaboration, there’s a good chance it will be covered in our lectures. 

As well as formal lectures, we also use seminars and other teaching formats. The course has a strong clinical element where you’ll experience the practical side of assessment and management. 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Full-time: one year | Part-time: two years

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course leaders

 Paul Shotbolt

Further details

Course contact for further information

Course contact for further information

Course Leader - Dr Paul Shotbolt

Email: AP-PGTsupport@kcl.ac.uk

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychological Medicine Division of Academic Psychiatry



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Course detail


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

Course format and assessment

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)


Self-directed study  (600 hours)

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



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.


Extra information

Regulating body
King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Other related courses:
Clinical Neuroscience MSc
Addiction Studies MSc
Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc


Year 1

Required Modules

Students on this course are required to take: 

  • 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 couse.

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

Entry requirements & how to apply

Clinical Neuropsychiatry Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:2 Essential - A degree in a relevant scientific or clinical subject, e.g. medicine, psychology, nursing or neuroscience (2:2 or above for non-medical degrees).   

Desirable - A professional qualification in mental health related field would be desirable. We will take into account mature students seeking to expand or change their area of clinical focus.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

The application portal will re-open from the start of each academic year (October).

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

All applicants are welcome to visit the department by arrangement.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Clinical Neuropsychiatry checklist
Personal Statement  Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Statement Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Yes Please provide a full CV as part of your application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.
For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021

  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £13,380 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £31,350 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £6,690 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £15,675 per year (2021/22)

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


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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, 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
  • stationery
  • graduation costs
  • travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and to your optional clinical observership.

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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 policy maker.

Other course graduates may go on to conduct further full-time study in an academic research environment (e.g. PhD) or in a taught clinical course (e.g. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) or gain employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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