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Mental Health Studies MSc

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Our Mental Health Studies MSc course will equip you with the relevant knowledge in the field of mental health and provide you with the opportunity to examine one area further through both theoretical and empirical research.

While our Mental Health Studies course, which was established in 1992, offers mental health professionals a range of opportunities for continuing professional development, an equally high number of our students have not yet embarked on professional training. Some come with a relevant first degree, usually in psychology, and already have work experience in the mental health field.  

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • Choice of eight elective modules on offer in a number of different mental health fields.

  • Regular contributions from practising clinicians, including world leading experts across all psychiatric specialities from the allied South London & Maudsley Hospital (SLaM), and from visiting specialist lecturers.

  • Well-established Voluntary Clinical Placements module, offering placements within SLaM, the largest UK NHS Trust.

  • Opportunity to join existing research projects or develop your own research ideas.

Key information

Application status Open

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 – e.kravariti@kcl.ac.uk

Programme Administrator E - mhsp@kcl.ac.uk 

Programme Email: mhsp@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 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


Our Mental Health Studies course consists of the following modules:

Basic Mental Health, a combination of modules in Research Methods, a Research Dissertation, and a choice of two 30-credit  and two 15-credit optional modules.

The Basic Mental Health module provides an overview of the theoretical perspectives on mental illness, diagnosis and assessment, psychiatric disorders and treatment, approaches to management and care.

The modules in research methods cover quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and provides the foundations for your own research project.

Further literature

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) 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) 

Psychological Therapies 

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) 

Social & Community Mental Health 

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) 

Womens Mental Health

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) 

Disaster Response: Mental Health, Behaviour & Communication 

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) 

Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis 

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

Pharmacotherapies of Mental Health 

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

Small Group Tutorials (non credit bearing) 

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (0 hours) 

Voluntary Clinical Placements (non credit bearing) 

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (0 hours) 

Combination of modules in research methods 

Introductory Statistics 

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

Statistics for Mental Health Research  

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

Advanced Statistics 

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

Qualitative Research Methods  

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

Systematic Reviews in Mental Health 

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

Big Data in Mental Health Research 

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


Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (6 hours) 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. 


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by:

Year 1

Examination (30%) | Coursework (50%)| Practical (20%)

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


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:

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)

  • Disaster Response: Mental Health, Behaviour & Communication (30 credits) 
  • Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis (15 credits) 

  • Pharmacotherapies of Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Small Group Tutorials (non-credit bearing) 

  • Voluntary Clinical Placements (non-credit bearing) 

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 apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 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 of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. 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 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

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: £12,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £28,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £6,150 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £14,250 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 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 2020/21.

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 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, 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 
  • 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

Graduates pursue various careers in mental health, including psychology and other clinical training, research assistant positions and PhD study.


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