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Full time | Strand Campus | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Medical Ethics Law (Specific Statutes)

Course type


Course Summary


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.

Course detail

We have developed a strongly interdisciplinary course designed to investigate the interface between mental health, law and ethics at a theoretical level and to engage directly with the dilemmas and experience of illness encountered in practice. The course will expand your understanding both within and beyond your own disciplines, and will provide you with the skills necessary to analyse and critique current law, practice and policy in relation to mental health. 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.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught mostly through lectures and seminar-style teaching. You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. About half of the modules offered will be assessed by a two- or three-hour exam. The other modules are assessed through coursework. In addition to coursework and exams, a percentage of your final mark may be based on assignments (such as presentations or reaction papers) given in-class. The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.


Concepts of Psychiatry (15 Credits)
Mental Health and Capacity Law: The Civil Context (15 Credits)
Mental Health Ethics (15 Credits)
Dissertation in Mental Health, Ethics and Law (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. law, medicine, philosophy, psychology, theology, social science, one of the life sciences, or nursing studies) or a qualification appropriate to the programme in medicine; or a professional mental health qualification.