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Psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience


King’s is ranked 2nd in the world for psychology and psychiatry (US News, Best Global Universities).

We are home to one of the world’s largest centres for postgraduate education and research in the areas of psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience, and we are ranked 1st in the world for the number of research papers in these areas in the top 10% (Scopus Data).

Study of the mind and human brain is one of the most exciting and important areas of advancing medical science, and making a difference is at the heart of what we do.

Whether it’s conducting ground-breaking research, enhancing patient care, influencing policy change, raising awareness of conditions affecting the brain or sharing knowledge through education, our principle aim is to understand how the mind and brain work, and how we can help prevent and treat mental and neurological disorders. 

Drawing upon a rich history and through our links with the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM), the largest provider of mental health services in the UK, you will get the opportunity to work alongside world-leading scientists and clinicians, and benefit from outstanding career, networking and mentoring opportunities.

Our students benefit from:

  • a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses

  • superb clinical placements

  • world-class facilities

  • access to a diverse academic community at the forefront of ground-breaking research.


Psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience courses


Undergraduate psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience courses

Neuroscience BSc 

Neuroscience & Psychology BSc 

Neuroscience iBSc

Neuroscience MSci

Psychology BSc

Psychology iBSc



Postgraduate psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience courses

Addiction Studies MSc/PG Cert

Affective Disorders MSc

Applied Neuroscience MSc Distance Learning

Applied Statistical Modelling & Health Informatics PG Cert

Child & Adolescent Mental Health MSc

Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences MSc

Clinical Neuropsychiatry MSc

Clinical Neuroscience MSc 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapies PG Dip

Developmental Psychology & Psychopathology MSc

Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc

Family Therapy MSc/Grad Cert

Forensic Mental Health MSc/PG Dip

Genes, Environment & Development in Psychology & Psychiatry MSc

Global Mental Health MSc

Health Psychology MSc

International Programme in Addiction Studies MSc Distance Learning

Medical Humanities MDRes 

Mental Health Studies MSc

Mental Health, Ethics & Law MSc

Neuroscience MSc

Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology MSc

Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry MA

Psychology & Neuroscience of Mental Health MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Distance Learning

Psychiatric Research MSc/PG Cert

War & Psychiatry MSc


  • We are supported by strong partnerships with industry and healthcare organisations and NHS Trusts including; South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Provision of supervised clinical placements.

  • Valuable insight from those working in the field and those involved in internationally-acclaimed research on the causes and treatment of mental conditions.

  • Strong focus on training professionals to work within multi-disciplinary settings.

  • Small groups and a high level of tutor support.

  • Extensive collaborations within King’s as well as with other universities in the UK and around the world.

  • Outstanding mentoring and networking opportunities

  • King’s Philosophy department offers programmes for medics who want to explore the philosophical dimension of medicine, psychiatry and psychology and was ranked 3rd in the UK and 1st in London for its research quality and power (REF 2014).

  • Access to large sets of data for populations who have been studied and followed up over many years.

Careers – where could your course take you?

Our psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience courses offer training in a variety of specialist fields that have clear applications in mental health care and neuroscience (including careers in clinical, forensic or health psychology, clinical neuropsychiatry, neurology, neuroimaging, therapy, addictions work, mental health nursing, NHS service management).  Many of these courses also feed into:

  • further research (e.g PhDs, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Research Assistant, Psychology Assistant)

  • policy making and leadership roles in the NHS or government 

  • pharmaceutical industry

  • NGOs

  • scientific publishing

  • organisational consultancy. 

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We have various opportunities for you to connect with our current students and academics: 

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