Our Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc programme 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.

Study Details:

MSc One year FT, two years PT

Module Details:

Required Modules

  • Mental Health Law: The Civil Context (20 credits) 
  • Mental Health Ethics (20 credits) 
  • Concepts of Psychiatry (20 credits) 
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

You will choose 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may include:

  • Pro-social and Anti-social Behaviour across the Lifespan (30 credits)
  • Risk Management, Treatment and Services for Mentally Disordered Persons (30 credits)
  • The Concept of Mental Disorder (20 credits)
  • Narrative Medicine (20 credits)
  • Global Health Ethics (30 credits)
  • Critical Global Health (30 credits)
  • Psychiatry, Culture and Globalisation (15 credits)
  • Principles of Psychiatric Research and Psychiatric Epidemiology (30 credits)
  • Topics in Medical Law (20 credits)
  • Medical Law 1: Consent, Refusal and Request (20 credits)
  • Medical Law 2: Negligence and Misadventure (20 credits)
  • Law at the End of Life 1 (20 credits)
  • Criminal Law and Mental Disorder: Doctrine and Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Moral Theory & Medical Ethics (20 credits)
  • Ethics at the End of Life (20 credits)
  • Topics in Medical Ethics 1/2 (20 credits)


Full time UK fees: £10,950 p.a. (2017/18)* Full time overseas fees: £22,800 p.a. (2017/18/)* Part time UK fees: £5,475 p.a. (2017/18)* Part time overseas fees: £11,400 p.a. (2017/18)* *These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements:

We expect a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant discipline (e.g. law, medicine, philosophy, psychology, theology, social science, one of the life sciences, or nursing studies). 


A qualification appropriate to the programme in medicine (or international equivalent); or a professional mental health qualification.

Alternative qualifications:

Evidence of achievement of an academic level comparable to at least 2:1 standard (or international equivalent) through past studies and where previous study, work or experience has made the applicant a suitable candidate will also be considered.

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