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Mental Health Studies MSc

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Motivated to take your next step towards clinical training, prepare for a PhD, or expand your expertise? We’ve designed this course to help you explore mental health and boost your research skills.  

Many students join us after their undergraduate degree. But it’s also a great opportunity for people with experience to move forward in their career.  


Key benefits 

  • Choose a voluntary clinical placement to get experience working at South London & Maudsley Hospital one day a week 

  • Learn from leading experts and join small group tutorials led by PhD students 

  • Pick from eight optional modules. These cover everything from disaster response to psychological therapies 

  • Join one of our existing reseach project teams or develop your own research ideas 


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. 

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year FT, Two years PT, October to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 100 FT expected.

Course leaders

Programme Leader – Dr Eugenia Kravariti E –

Programme Administrator E - 

Programme Email:

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 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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Louise completed her Mental Health Studies MSc at King's and is now continuing her research career. Watch the video to learn more about her experience at King's and the Mental Health Studies programme

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Course detail


From disorders and treatments, to diagnosis and assessments, we’ll help you delve into all aspects of mental health. At the same time, you’ll learn about approaches to research, systematic reviews and big data. 

We’ve designed this course with a range of modules that allow you to study a variety of topics of particular interest to you.  

You’ll apply what you’ve learnt in your own research. You’ll join an existing research team to help them with an ongoing project that’s tackling a specific challenge in the field.    

As a student at King’s, we give you the chance to apply for a diverse range of placements within the NHS. If you’re successful at an interview, you’ll spend one day a week gaining invaluable clinical experience.   

“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

Further literature For more information please visit our departmental pages

Course format and assessment


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) 

Womens Mental Health

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

Psychology & Neuroscience of Addictions

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 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) 


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 (580 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. 


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.

Extra information


Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Basic Mental Health (30 credits)

  • A combination of modules in Research Methods (30 credits):

Term 1:

Introductory Statistics (15 credits) or

Statistics for Mental Health Research (15 credits) 

Term 2:

Advanced Statistics (15 credits) or

Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits) or

Systematic Reviews in Mental Health (15 credits) or

Big Data in Mental Health Research (15 credits)  

  • Dissertation (60 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 of Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Disaster Response: Mental Health, Behaviour & Communication (30 credits)


Entry requirements & how to apply

Mental Health Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements    

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree with 2:1 honours in a relevant subject e.g. Psychology, Neuroscience, or an equivalent professional qualification. 

Experience working in the mental health field is desirable but not essential.

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 £70  applies.

How MHSP processes applications

The MHSP programme is extremely popular and we recommend you apply as early as possible. Both courses (MSc Mental Health Studies and MSc Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology) on the programme are usually full by the end of July. The application portal is open from the start of each academic year (October).

MHSP offers a proportion of places at the beginning of each month, starting from January. The programme operates a system called 'gathered fields' which is commonly used for popular postgraduate courses because it helps ensure the best candidates receive offers, as opposed to 'first come, first served'. This means that if you just miss a gathered field (i.e. apply early in the month) you will hear the outcome of your application at the next one (i.e. start of the next month).


Personal statement and supporting information

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

Mental Health 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). 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 Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration 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 fees: £12,750 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £29,850 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home 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 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
  • 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

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.   


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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