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Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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The online Psychology & Neuroscience of Mental Health course aims to provide a comprehensive and integrated exploration of our current understanding of the psychological and neuroscientific basis of mental health.

By drawing on the wealth of research, education and clinical expertise and experience across our world-renowned Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), the course will appeal to those with a personal interest in the area of psychology, neuroscience and mental health, and who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills base.

Key Benefits

  • The course is delivered 100 per cent online. Students work in small, interactive classes with academic staff, and also receive additional support and guidance.

  • Cutting edge expertise: impact of the IoPPN’s work was 100 per cent world leading or internationally excellent, and our research environment was judged as 100 per cent world leading (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).

  • Online access to teaching materials developed from experts across Kings College London, providing a comprehensive and multidisciplinary perspective of important mental health problems.

  • Support to develop and demonstrate research and critical appraisal skills that will permit appreciation, interpretation and reporting of research evidence, as preparation for research or further education.

This course is ideal for people who are:

  • Seeking employment as a graduate research worker

  • Wishing to progress to doctoral study

  • Already working in or planning to undertake further study to work in mental health as a practitioner or policy maker.

It will also enhance the knowledge and skills base for those with a personal interest in the area of psychology, neuroscience and mental health.

Key information


MSc: Minimum 2 years, maximum 6 years

PG Dip: Minimum 16 months, maximum 4 years

PG Cert: Minimum 8 months, maximum 3 years

Study mode Online/Distance learning

Key dates Intake dates: January, March, May, June, September, October


Programme Lead: Dr Gisele Dias

For further information please contact an Enrolment Advisor at onlineenrolmentservice@kcl.ac.uk


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Course detail


The Psychology & Neuroscience of Mental Health MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert provides a comprehensive and integrated exploration of our current understanding of the psychological and neuroscientific basis of mental health. It draws upon the wealth of research, education, clinical expertise and experience across the world-renowned Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN). The online master’s course promotes an understanding of the evidence base for comprehending the biological, psychological and socio-environmental factors important in the development and maintenance of mental health, and evidence underlining the development and efficacy of the range of treatments of mental health problems. 

IoPPN teaching staff are senior scientists, clinicians, and educators. Scientists will showcase cutting edge research into the causes and treatment of mental health problems; clinicians will be presenting current best practice in treatment approaches, and students will be supported by a team of educators with vast experience of designing and delivering scientific, clinical and applied education and training.

The MSc pathway requires modules totalling 180 credits to complete the programme, 60 of which will come from the dissertation. The Research Dissertation will permit you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills in research design, analysis and reporting. The Dissertation comprises 60 credits of advanced modules where you will acquire and demonstrate research skills using material and learning activities focussing upon a) research integrity and research ethics; b) the selection and critical appraisal of empirical literature; c) the development of a research methodology to examine research objectives and hypotheses; and d) the analysis of qualitative or quantitative data to meet research objectives or test a null hypothesis, and effectively communicate research findings.  You may be able to explore a single research topic across the four modules, through a Synoptic Project, which forms part of the assessment in each module, and where you will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have learnt during the course. The assessments from each module combine into a portfolio of applied learning of approximately 10,000 15,000 words. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway requires modules with a total of 120 credits to complete the course, and the Postgraduate Certificate route requires modules with a total of 60 credits to complete the course. 

To complete the MSc will take a minimum of 2 years, and a maximum 6 years. A PG Dip will take a minimum of 16 months, and a maximum 4 years, while a PG Cert will take a minimum of 8 months and a maximum 3 years.


The programme is delivered entirely online. There are video lectures, coursework including critical appraisal of published work, essays and abstracts and self-directed learning activities. Assessment will include discussion board participation, multiple choice question and short answer question examinations. 


Foundation and Advanced (eight modules PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc)

Discussion Board Participation – 10%

MCQ Exam – 20%

Coursework – 70%

Research (a further four modules for MSc)

Course work – 50%

Synoptic Project – 50%

The MSc pathway requires modules totalling 180 credits to complete the programme, 60 of which will come from the dissertation.  



The programme is flexible, and three levels of postgraduate qualification are offered:

  • Achieve a postgraduate certificate after completing 60 credits, a postgraduate diploma after 120 credit and a master’s degree after completing all 180 credits. 
  • Complete four introductory modules in the foundations of mental health to earn your postgraduate certificate.

  • Complete four advanced modules in psychology and neuroscience disorders to earn your postgraduate diploma.
  • Complete all twelve introductory, advanced and research skills modules to earn your MSc.

PG Cert


  • Techniques in Neuroscience (15 credits)

  • Biological Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Psychological Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Mental Health in the Community (15 credits)

There are no optional modules.

PG Dip


You are required to take:

  • Biological Foundations in Mental Health (15 credits) 

  • Techniques in Neuroscience (15 credits) 

  • Psychological Foundations in Mental Health (15 credits) 

  • Mental Health in the Community (15 credits) 

In addition, students take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Psychology & Neuroscience of Addiction (15 credits)

  • Psychology & Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (15 credits)

  • Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis (15 credits)

  • Pharmacotherapies in Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Neuroimaging & Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health: Child development (15 credits)

  • Mindfulness: Neuroscience & Application (15 credits)
  • Social, Genetic & Environmental Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Global Mental Health (15 credits) 

  • Neuroscience in Society (15 credits)

*Optional modules and titles are subject to change



  • Biological Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits) 

  • Techniques in Neuroscience (15 credits) 

  • Psychological Foundations of Mental Health (15 credits) 

  • Mental Health in the Community (15 credits) 

  • Research Skills: From Reviewing & Critical Analysis to Research Ethics (15 credits)
  • Research Skills: From Methods & Procedures to Analysis & Reporting (15 credits)
  • Research Skills: Synoptic Project I (15 credits)
  • Research Skills: Synoptic Project II (15 credits)

In addition, students take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Psychology & Neuroscience of Addiction (15 credits)

  • Psychology & Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (15 credits)

  • Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis (15 credits)

  • Pharmacotherapies in Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Neuroimaging in Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health: child development (15 credits)

  • Mindfulness: Neuroscience & Application (15 credits)

  • Social, Genetic & Environmental Foundations in Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Global Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Neuroscience in Society (15 credits)

*Optional modules and titles are subject to change

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements   A bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in any subject.


A bachelor's degree with 2:2 honours in any subject. Applicants must provide a personal statement and one reference addressing their academic achievement.


Professional qualifications in an applied area including nursing or other non-medical health profession, counselling, psychotherapy or education may be considered. Applicants must have a pass (grades A*-C) in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.*


Applicants presenting with demonstrable significant work experience in a related area may be considered. Evidence of higher learning, an academic reference and a personal statement will be required at the point of application.*

*Such applicants may initially be enrolled onto the postgraduate certificate in Psychology & Neuroscience of Mental Health (60 credits encompassing 1,2,3,4). Subsequent progression onto the postgraduate diploma or master's will be dependent upon completion of the postgraduate certificate with a pass average across the four foundation modules.

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.


If you're interested in studying with us here in London on courses like our Neuroscience MSc, the IoPPN also offers a number of quality on-campus programmes. 


Personal statement and supporting information

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

Document 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).

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.
Reference Yes One reference is required, 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.

Fees and funding

Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course.  From now until September 2021, you will be charged £1,500 per module.  

The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:   

PG Cert: 4 modules (£6,000)

PG Dip: 8 modules (£12,000)

MSc: 12 modules (£18,000)

Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year. From September 2021 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,538 per module. 

Additional Fees Information 

When you receive an offer for this course, you will be required to pay for your first module upfront, as a non-refundable deposit, to secure your place.  This payment will be credited towards your total fee payment. Please note that a standard 14 day cooling off period will apply from the point of initial payment for your first module.  Any subsequent payments are not subject to additional cooling off periods. 

The deposit cost for this course is the cost of one module (£1,500) plus a non-refundable application fee of £70. From September 2021, the deposit cost will be £1,538 plus a non-refundable application fee of £70. 

Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed three weeks prior to the first day of teaching, with the due date being two weeks later (one week before teaching). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies up until one week prior to the module starting. If payment has been made, the money will remain on your account as credit until you return. 

If you have registered for a PG Dip or PG Cert qualification but decide you wish to upgrade to a higher award, you will need to speak to your enrolment advisor. If you choose to upgrade your programme, you will enter a new cooling off period from the date of payment for your next module on the upgraded award.  Any subsequent payments following this next module payment are not subject to additional cooling off periods.   

Additional Requirements & Costs 

Students will need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the programme. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, a desktop computer may be necessary for some parts of the course. 

We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge; full functionality cannot be guaranteed in older or less commonly used browsers. 

Students will require access to a high-speed internet connection (4Mbps minimum). 

We will endeavour to make as much study material as possible available online, but you may also need to purchase some books during your studies. 

This is an online course and you are not expected to go to campus, should you wish to do so, there are some additional fees to pay for: 

  • Books, ebooks or articles (if you choose to buy your own copies)  

  • King’s campus Library fees and fines  

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

  • Graduation costs 

Career prospects

At King’s you’ll enter into one of the world’s most competitive student bodies and join a legacy of graduates that are sought out by some of the leading employers in the field. 

 The Psychology & Neuroscience of Mental Health MSc will:

  • Benefit those wishing to become a graduate research worker, and will optimise opportunities for PhD training. It will also provide a stepping stone towards professional training as a mental health practitioner.
  • Enhance the career profile of those already working clinically in the field of mental health by increasing understanding and knowledge of the subject area which will help to inform clinical practice.
  • Provide transferable skills and knowledge that can benefit a number of career paths.


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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