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Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc

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Our unique Early Intervention in Psychosis course provides worldclass 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. You will also acquire transferable skills training, including career planning and progression, personal statement and CV writing, interviewing, public speaking and presenting scientific data to a lay or non-specialist audience.

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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 South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
  • You will receive training and support with your career planning and progression.

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 intake 15 FT (or PT equivalent)

Course leaders

Dr. Andrea Mechelli (Programme Director) 


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


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychosis Studies



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Course detail


People who experience a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychotic depression, can and do recover. However, long-term recovery is dependent on the timely delivery of effective treatment.

The MSc Early Intervention in Psychosis develops your academic and clinical skills in the identification and treatment of psychosis. Early intervention is an evidence-based, holistic and person-centered approach that is highly effective in reducing the long-term impact of psychotic illness on the individual and their families. It has now become an integral part of mental health services in the UK and worldwide. The course combines biological, psychological and social perspectives, reflecting the multi-faceted nature of the illness. You will learn through classroom teaching and a clinical placement in an early intervention service within the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The knowledge and experience acquired on this course are relevant and applicable to all areas of mental health.


Our course is designed for students who want to develop their academic and clinical expertise and experience before applying for clinical psychology training. It is also ideal for mental health professionals (eg doctors, clinical psychologists, nurses) aiming to enhance their career prospects. Furthermore, it provides a robust foundation for students who aim to conduct further research at PhD level in the future.

You will be taught by mental health professionals with extensive experience in delivering early intervention in psychosis and academics who have carried out pioneering research in this area.

Further literature

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

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Course format and assessment


Introduction to Early Intervention in Psychosis

Lectures (24 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (64 hours) | Self-study time (204 hours)

Psychosocial Interventions in Early Psychosis

Lectures (24 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (64 hours) | Self-study time (204 hours)

Pharmacological Interventions in Early Psychosis

Lectures (24 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (64 hours) | Self-study time (204 hours)

Research Methods in Early Psychosis

Lectures (24 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (64 hours) | Self-study time (204 hours)

Research Project in Early 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.


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

Year 1

Examination (72.5%) | Coursework (22.5%)| Practical (5%)

Extra information

Entry requirements & how to apply

Early Intervention in Psychosis Entry Requirements
Minimum UK 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.
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 and a non-refundable application fee of £55 applies.


Personal statement and supporting information

Please detail your reasons for applying for the course and your future goals. 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 was the 30th March 2018.  Applications will remain open if places are available and 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 27th July 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 31st August 2018.

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 UK fees: £11,550 per year (2018/19)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,150 per year (2018/19)
  • Part time UK fees: £5,775 per year (2018/19)
  • Part time overseas fees: £13,575 per year (2018/19)

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*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 on or before 31st March 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.
• If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
• If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
• If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, payment is due within one week 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 
  • 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 and between campuses 

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 programme, 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 programme 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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