King's College London

Course Introduction


Explore the causes and treatments for a full range of mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder. Our course is one of the only specialist graduate degrees to focus exclusively on affective disorders.

King?s is home to the Centre for Affective Disorders. The teaching staff on your course are also members of the research group, so you?ll have access to expertise in all aspects of the subject. Combined with the latest findings in psychiatry, psychology, genetics, neuroscience and biostatistics, you?ll develop a broad knowledge of the behaviours and symptoms of different disorders.

Your research project gives you a chance to explore a topic in real depth. You can choose from a range of subjects based around the expertise in our faculty, or develop your own project based on your interests.

As well as insight and academic knowledge of the subject, you?ll also develop practical experience when participating in our clinical observership programme. You?ll spend 10 sessions at one of the specialist mental health units at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and 10 additional sessions at KCL taking part in clinical case discussions.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,300 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,300 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £28,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: A minimum 2:1 degree classification will be required in medicine, psychology, nursing, pharmacy, professions allied to medicine (e.g. radiography), or a scientific degree such as biomedical science, or neuroscience. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.
  • International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill; TOEFL iBT: 92 overall with a minimum of 23 in writing and 20 in each of the other skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 176 overall, minimum 169 in all skills; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall; minimum 169 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • TOEFL score: 92