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Clinical Neuropsychiatry MSc

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This exciting and developing area looks at mental disorders from a neurological perspective. At King’s College London, our clinical and academic experts will help you get up to speed with the latest thinking in the field.   

As part of the course, you’ll also have the chance to gain hands-on clinical experience. Because of our extensive links, we’re able to offer placements working in memory clinics, brain injury rehab, outpatient services and more.


Key benefits 

  • Learn from international experts who specialise in core areas like functional neurological disorders and movement disorders 

  • Hear the latest insight from guest speakers working clinically and in academia 

  • Experience neuropsychiatry services first hand with a clinical observership at one of our partner institutions – including South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, which offers the widest range of mental health services in the UK. 

  • Access state-of-the-art equipment, including VR for diagnosis and treatment, EEG/ERPs and TMS at King’s College Hospital 

  • Benefit directly from the expertise and facilities at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, MRC Social & Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre, and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre 


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 Closed

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 - Paul Shotbolt

Course Administrator - Anna Koberich 

Course telephone number: 0207 848 4685

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 (1 hours) | Self-directed study  (235 hours)

Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Lectures (39 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (7 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (6 hours) | Self-directed study  (238 hours)

Management of Neuropsychiatric disorders

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (15 hours) | Self-directed study  (600 hours)

Research Methods & Statistics

Lectures (42 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (26 hours) | Self-directed study  (600 hours)


Self-directed study  (600 hours)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks 

All taught modules except Research Methods and Statistics (240 hours) 
Research Methods and Statistics (227 hours) 
Research project (600 hours) 


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

Year 1

Examination (55%) | Coursework (30%)| Practical (15%) 

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.

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

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.

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.

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 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 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

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

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/EU fees: £12,750 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £29,850 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £6,375 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £14,925 per year (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer in late August, 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

You’ll graduate with a thorough knowledge to prepare you for a career in neuropsychiatry. But there are a wide range of other options that might suit you too. 

You might use your new skills in your current career – whether you’re a healthcare professional or working in a pharmaceutical organisation or in policy making. Some graduates also choose to progress to PhD study or go on to pursue the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. 


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