MSc in Early Intervention in Psychosis

King's College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Program Description

MSc in Early Intervention in Psychosis

King's College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

This course provides world-class specialised training in early intervention in psychosis, a clinical approach which focuses on the detection and management of early symptoms and is effective in reducing the long-term impact of psychotic illness.


  • The only MSc in Early Intervention in Psychosis worldwide.
  • Taught by clinical academics who have carried out pioneering work in this area.
  • Clinical placement in a world-class early intervention service.
  • Flexible programme which can be taken over a period of one to four years.


Early intervention in psychosis is becoming an integral part of mental health services in the UK and worldwide; however, specialist training in this area remains sparse and it can be difficult for mental health services to recruit clinicians with the required expertise. This programme is for (i) students who want to develop their academic skills and enhance their clinical experience before applying for clinical psychology training; (ii) clinicians (e.g. psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, nurses) aiming to enhance their career in mental health; (iii) students who would like to carry out further research in the area of psychosis at PhD level.


The course adopts a multidisciplinary approach, capitalising on the most recent findings from a range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology and biostatistics.

The course combines (i) classroom teaching from world-experts in the field with (ii) a clinical placement in an early intervention service for psychosis within the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (see

Students have a unique opportunity to develop specialised, practical expertise in this increasingly important form of mental health provision which will enhance clinical careers or act as a platform towards further research. It is also an ideal step towards the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

At the end of the course, students will have acquired specialised theoretical and practical expertise to carry out clinical work and cutting-edge research in early intervention in psychosis, and to establish and develop an early intervention service.

Teaching will be delivered by mental health professionals with extensive experience in early intervention in psychosis (e.g. Dr. Julia Lappin, Dr. Eric Morris, Dr. Eduardo Iacoponi, Dr. Majella Byrne) and clinical academics who have published extensively on the topic (e.g. Prof. Robin Murray, Prof. Philip McGuire, Prof. Shitij Kapur, Dr. Paola Dazzan, Dr. Lucia Valmaggia, Dr. Paolo Fusar-Poli, Dr. Matthew Taylor, Dr. Andrea Mechelli).


General entry advice

1st degree in psychology, nursing, a medical degree or professions allied to medicine (e.g. radiography), or a scientific degree such as biomedical science, neuroscience or computer science. A minimum 2:1 degree is required. Ability to speak/understand oral and written English as specified by standard College requirements.


English language requirements

For EU/international students (where eligible) there is additional country-specific information within our international students section


Enhanced criminal conviction check. Note that criminal conviction checks may be required before or during this programme of study

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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2016
1 - 4 years
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Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom
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