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War & Psychiatry MSc

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Discover how people prepare themselves for conflict and protect themselves from extreme stress. Then explore how to resolve the resulting psychological disorders.  

Whether you’ve studied psychology, nursing, or history, our multidisciplinary and multinational course will help you explore pressing issues across the field of war, conflict, and terrorism. 


Key benefits 

  • Hear from expert researchers and guest speakers in the military, emergency services, and counter-terrorism 

  • Roots dating back to 1916 when Maudsley Hospital opened to treat shell-shocked soldiers  

  • Develop specialist knowledge to inform your career – whether that’s clinical, academic, military, or charity 

  • Discoveries from the world-leading King’s Centre for Military Health Research feed into the course


Through a mixture of lectures, seminars, and tutorials, our award-winning teaching team cover methodological, ethical, historical, medical, cultural, and empirical aspects of military psychiatry. 

We’ve designed four modules to introduce you to the field, explain advanced concepts and help you understand the impact of extreme trauma on civilians. 

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year FT, two years PT.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 25

Course leaders Professor Edgar Jones

Further details

Course contact for further information

Programme Administrator - Rasheduzzaman Tusar

Programme Coordinator - Jacqueline Szczerbinski 


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychological Medicine Division of Academic Psychiatry



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War & Psychiatry - The Video

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How both soldiers and civilians prepare themselves, cope during times of conflict, and adjust to peacetime life are core issues of the MSc War & Psychiatry. Find out more from Professor Edgar Jones; Programme Leader of this ground-breaking programme at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London.

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Course detail


How do members of the armed forces and civilians cope with the psychological trauma of war? To answer this complex question and more, you’ll explore existing literature, the latest research, and the development and practice of military psychiatry. 

We’ll help you compare the psychology of different nations and look at the subject from both a theoretical and practical point of view. Then you’ll reflect on how this relates to work in psychiatry, NGOs, emergency, or anti-terrorist services.  

You’ll complete a dissertation which gives you a chance to personalise the course to your own interests. This will also challenge you to identify, plan and propose solutions to problems at the forefront of the field.  

Read more about the course on our webpages

“Students hear from guest speakers throughout the year – we bring in a range of experts including counter-terrorism specialists, members of the armed forces, and clinical psychiatrists.” 

Professor Edgar Jones, Course Leader 

Course format and assessment

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

War and Psychiatry

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (20 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (10 hours) | Self-study time (330 hours) 

Advanced Concepts in Military Psychiatry

Lectures (10 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (14 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (10 hours) | Self-study time (366 hours) 

Civilians and Extreme Trauma: The Impact of Warfare, Disasters and Political Repression

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (20 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (340 hours) 


Lectures (10 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (2 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (0 hours) | Self-study time (588 hours) 

The above is based on 27 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.



Students are assessed on their coursework. Coursework can include written assignments such as essays and portfolios. Some optional modules offered by the Department of War Studies may include an examination.

Examination (0%) | Coursework (100%) | Practical (0%) 

Extra information

Regulating body

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

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Year 1

Required Modules
Courses are divided into module. Each year you will normall take modules totalling 180 credits. 
Students on this course are required to take:
  • War and Psychiatry (40 credits)

  • Advanced Concepts in Military Psychiatry (40 credits)

  • Civilians and Extreme Trauma: The impact of warfare, disasters and political repression (40 credits)

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Entry requirements & how to apply

War and Psychiatry Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  

Applicants should have either:

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in medicine or psychology

  • A Bachelor's degree in any subject

  • Other qualifications and experience which demonstrate an ability to undertake the 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 and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Selection is made on the basis of the application and references. Applications are normally processed within two weeks of receiving references. All applicants are welcome to visit the department by arrangement, and students from unusual, i.e. non-biological, backgrounds are normally interviewed.

Personal statement and supporting information

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

War&Psychiatry checklist
Personal Statement Yes Please detail your reasons for applying to the programme and your future goals. Please try and limit your personal statement to 500 words. 
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 One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.
For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021

  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

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: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £31,350 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,520 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £15,675 per year (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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, 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
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs
  • printing one copy of the dissertation
  • £50 contribution to the weekend battlefield tour of Ypres
  • travel costs to Combat Stress near Leatherhead

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

With such a diverse of backgrounds, our graduates have a huge range of career destinations across academia, the armed forces, and the public sector. 

Some apply the knowledge from the course to clinical work. Some are interested in the historical side of the subject. Others are working in policy or charity. 

We organise regular presentations and individual meetings, to help you understand the opportunities your degree opens for you, and to discuss the next steps in your career. 


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