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Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology MSc

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This course is now closed for applications for 2019 entry.

Our Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology course is unique in the UK and Europe. It draws on contemporary psychological, psychiatric and organisational theory to examine the causes, effects and consequences of mental ill health in the workplace and considers strategies and interventions to improve organisational and individual mental health. It leads to careers in HR, wellbeing, inclusion and diversity, health and safety and consultancy.

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

Key benefits

  • Only course of its kind to be offered in the UK.

  • Focus is on mental health in the workplace.

  • Combines psychological, psychiatric and organisational perspectives. 

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year FT, Two years PT.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations British Psychological Society (BPS) CPD approval and Association for Business Psychology approval

Course intake 20 FT/PT.

Course leaders

Programme Leader  Dr Teresa D'Oliveira

Programme Administrator  Catriona Noble catriona.noble@kcl.ac.uk 

For course queries and information please contact opp@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 Psychology Department of Psychosis Studies



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Course detail


Our Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology course is one of the first of its kind in the UK and Europe and is designed for people who wish to gain up-to-date knowledge and understanding of psychology and psychiatry as applied to the workplace.

Students include HR managers, organisational consultants, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, occupational health professionals and psychology graduates wishing to enter these occupations.

Our course is approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  It has also achieved accreditation from the Association for Business Psychology (ABP). It draws on psychological, psychiatric and organisational theory and evidence to examine the causes, effects and consequences of mental ill health in the workplace

Further literature


For information on open events visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/opendays.aspx


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-study time (250 hours) 

Organsational Research Methods 

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

Mental Health in the Workplace (OPP1)

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

Managing Mental Capital & Well-being in the Workplace (OPP2)

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours) | Self-study time (150 hours) 

Strategic Interventions for Psychological Well-Being in Organisations (OPP3)

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (5 hours)| Self-study time (125 hours) 

Dissertation in Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology 

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (6 hours) | Self-study time (594 hours) 

Contact time is based on 22 academic weeks. Part-time students attend lectures two to three days per week. Full-time students are expected to use (one day) on self-study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Course Assessment 

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

 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

Regulating body
King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Other related courses:



Year 1


Required Modules
Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. 
You are required to take: 


Part time students should plan to take 90 credits in year 1, and 90 credits, including the 60 credit dissertation in year 2

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course.

Entry requirements & how to apply

OPP Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1

Applicants should hold a relevant first degree (minimum 2:1) or an equivalent professional qualification. Experience in the workplace is desirable but not essential.

It is important that applicants for the Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology MSc have undertaken some Psychology modules and Research Methods in their undergraduate qualification - a solid foundation in this Psychology is essential for the demands of this programme.

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 we process applications

The application portal will open from the start of each academic year (October).

We offer 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:

Organisational Psychiatry checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required
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

This course is now closed for applications for 2019 entry.

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
  • 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

Our graduates pursue various careers in the management of mental health policy and services in the workplace, either within HR departments or as organisational consultants offering a range of services from policy development to intervention delivery.

OPP Student Story 14/01/16 - A research programme studying the effectiveness of workplace stress interventions emerged triumphant in the 2015 Indigogold Work Psychology Innovation Award.  Click here to read more about the research done by Sara.


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