United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Our Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc course is delivered by two internationally recognised centres of excellence and provides an integrated, strongly interdisciplinary, education in mental health, ethics and law. It equips graduates to become leaders in healthcare, mental health law or policy. You will have the unique opportunity to study alongside others from a wide range of academic and professional disciplines at the heart of London's legal and psychiatric world.

Key benefits:

  • In-depth and integrated clinical, philosophical and legal analysis of key issues presented in the field of mental health.
  • Supported by the UK's first Centre of Medical Law and Ethics (CMLE) and Europe's largest Centre for Research and Teaching in Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN).
  • Located in central London and maintains close links with national and international policy formers and leading legal and clinical practitioner communities.
  • Generous scholarships are available to support the brightest and best students.

Who should take this course

Our course is for anyone concerned with mental health who wishes to study the clinical, ethical and legal thinking behind current law, policy and clinical practice. It has been designed for health professionals, lawyers, policy makers and all those with a relevant first degree who are keen to consider the difficult questions raised by mental health and society's response.



Course content

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:

  • Basic Mental Health (30 credits)

A combination of modules in Research Methods (30 credits):

  • 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)
  • Psychology & Neuroscience of Addictions (15 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)


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.