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Our MSc in War & Psychiatry will introduce you to ways of understanding how individuals, both members of the armed forces, emergency services and civilians, prepare for and cope with psychological trauma. It is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to explore the international field of human conflict and its impact on health and wellbeing.

The MSc draws on multidisciplinary expertise from military psychiatry, history, psychology, and epidemiology, including seminars from experts within King's Centre for Military Health. You will have the opportunity to compare the experiences of different nations and conflicts to explore both theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.

The course is relevant for careers in military psychiatry and related NGOs, emergency response and anti-terrorist services. We will use a delivery method that combines classroom-based learning with student presentations and discussion groups to explore issues in more detail.

Key Benefits

You will gain an understanding of how people prepare themselves for war, cope during conflict, respond to trauma and adjust to peacetime life.

You will learn not only about the psychological effects on soldiers fighting on the front line but also how civilians cope when subjected to the traumas of war (forced migration, detention, genocide), natural disaster, or terrorism.

You will explore links between the current war in the Ukraine and earlier inter-state conflicts involving large armed forces.

You will be taught about the rise of right-wing terrorism and the psychological techniques employed by groups such as Islamic State.

You will be taught by internationally recognised researchers and clinicians, including members of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research.

You will examine the psychology of conflict and trauma through different cultures.

You will develop knowledge and skills not necessarily provided by clinical training.

Course Leaders

Prof Edgar Jones Prof Edgar Jones Dr Rachael Gribble Dr Rachael Gribble
[email protected] [email protected]

For more information, please visit the course webpage.

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