KCMSc ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHIATRY & PSYCHOLOGY

INSTITUTE OF PSYCHIATRY, PSYCHOLOGY & NEUROSCIENCE, KING’S COLLEGE, LONDON

This programme is one of the first of its kind in the UK and Europe and is designed for people wishing to gain up-to-date knowledge and understanding of psychology and psychiatry as applied to the workplace. Essentially the course covers the spectrum of mental health at work, from serious health concerns right across the board to management that encourages motivation and mental wellness.  Students include organisational consultants, HR managers, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, occupational health professionals and psychology graduates wishing to enter these occupations. The Programme has achieved Continuing Professional Development approval from the British Psychological Society. 

The Programme draws on psychological, psychiatric and organisational theory and evidence to examine the causes, effects and consequences of mental ill health in the workplace.  You will study these modules: 

-        Basic Mental Health: an introduction to psychiatry, including psychosis, personality disorders, and mood disorders;

-        Mental Health in the Workplace: an introduction to the concepts of psychological theory at work and organisational analysis and management and their applications; 

-        Strategic Interventions for Psychological Well-being in Organisations: an in depth coverage of mental health issues in the workplace, with emphasis on the interaction between individuals, organisations and broader social, political and economic contexts of work, strategies and interventions to improve and promote mental health and the use of organisational case studies;

-        Research Methods;

-        Dissertation. 

Lectures are taught by experts in the field; the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London is one of the leading research centres in the world and attracts highly regarded staff and guest speakers.  The Management Consultancy Special Interest Group, attached to the course, is an optional series of additional sessions focusing on the key skills for management and consultancy.  A series of visits to organisations provides the opportunity to observe the theoretical frameworks in action.  Teaching is carried out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to enable students who may be working and researching to manage their time effectively. The course is offered on a full or part-time basis to enable a richly varied group of students to be able to participate. 

Students are encouraged to develop a critical awareness of contemporary issues and problems in relation to improving mental health at work at individual, interpersonal, organisational and policy levels and to apply this knowledge and understanding to their own workplace/area of interest.

Student feedback on the course is significantly higher than the Russell Group average.  Graduates pursue careers in organisational consultancy or the management of mental health policy and services in the workplace, sometimes within HR departments and management consultancies, and are able to offer a range of services from policy development to intervention design and delivery.