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Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc

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We are proud to have been awarded an IoPPN Excellence Award in 2017, 2018 and 2019 for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Education Survey (PTES).

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


Our teaching team have extensive experience delivering early intervention and researching the field. They’ll provide an insight into the challenges they face and share their experiences. 

We want to help you get the most out of the course – we’ll talk to you about what you want to achieve and organise a clinical placement that matches your experience.  

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT; two years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course leaders

Professor Andrea Mechelli (Programme Director) 

Email: a.mechelli@kcl.ac.uk  

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course Administrator

e: 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 Psychosis Studies Division of Academic Psychiatry



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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

Further literature

What is early intervention in psychosis all about? Read this blog from the Programme Director.

General enquiry? Submit it here. 

Course format and assessment


Introduction to 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.


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.

Extra information


Year 1

Required Modules
    Students on this course are required to take: 
  • 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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Early Intervention in Psychosis Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1

Degree in medicine, psychology, nursing, professions allied to medicine (e.g. radiography) or a scientific degree such as biomedical science, neuroscience or computer science.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

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

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


Personal statement and supporting information

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

Document check
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). Please detail your reasons for applying for the course and your future goals.

Previous Academic Study 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 also include a CV with details of any clinical experience.

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 the costs above, 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.

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

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


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