Taught course

Affective Disorders

King's College London · Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Affective disorders are also known as mood disorders and the main types include depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder. It is predicted that they will become the second leading contributor to global burden of disease by 2020 and specialist training in this area is currently sparse. The purpose of our course is to meet the growing need for a graduate training course that focuses exclusively on affective disorders.

Our Affective Disorders course is accessible to a wide audience, but would be of particular interest to psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, related medical professionals and pharmaceutical scientists. It is especially suitable for health professionals who wish to refocus their career and specialise in Affective Disorders. It is equally suitable for health professionals who already work in a relevant field and wish to gain recognition for their expertise. Graduates who wish to pursue clinical psychology training, or research on the affective disorders may also be interested.

This course will adopt a multidisciplinary approach by capitalising on the most recent findings from a range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines, such as psychiatry, psychology, genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology and biostatistics. Upon completion, you will be able to integrate knowledge from different disciplines and relate it to the behaviours and symptoms present in affective disorders. You will be trained in the key scientific and methodological aspects of affective disorders, their care and related research. You will also gain transferable skills through a variety of tutorials and exercises.

You will benefit from the teaching of world-renowned experts in the field, conduct a research project and have the possibility to do a clinical placement across the full range of affective disorders services within the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. You will be taught by The Centre for Affective Disorders, which represents a centre of excellence for understanding the science related to mood and anxiety disorders and using this knowledge to develop new treatments, including both psychological and pharmacological treatments. The clinical observership will enable you to observe various presentations, treatments and outcomes first-hand.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 7848 7000