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Mental Health: Psychological Therapies Online MSc

Mental Health: Psychological Therapies Online MSc

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Distance without attendance | Queen Mary University of London | 1 year | 16-SEP-24

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Distance without attendance


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

This popular programme teaches you how to assess mental health problems, understand their origins and help your patients recover. It provides a unique combination of clinical skills and analysis of psychological therapies, teaching you how to think critically about the application of specific therapies.

  • Learn which psychological therapies are effective and for whom
  • Take a supervised placement in a clinical setting
  • Gain a comprehensive training in research methods and writing
  • Learn from leading experts in the field

What you'll study

Across the UK there’s a need for professionals of all kinds to gain expertise in psychological therapies. This course is an ideal next step for those who are already working in mental health, who want to go on to train as therapists, who want to complete research and those who work in related areas, such as social work, human resources or the voluntary sector.

On this MSc, you’ll have the opportunity to critically examine different approaches to understanding mental disorder. We’ll build your confidence in using psychological therapies but also develop your ability to understand the evidence base for these therapies – and assess which therapies might work for different types of disorder.

You’ll gain the knowledge to assess mental health problems, understand their origins and how to help recovery. You’ll learn about psychological therapies including individual cognitive behavioural therapies, cognitive analytic therapies, psychodynamic therapies, as well as group and family therapies.

Online learning students also undertake placements in a location convenient to them: your tutor will support you to identify a suitable placement.

You’ll also develop your research skills and complete a research project. By the time you complete the programme, you’ll be a skilled communicator, adept at expressing your ideas in spoken or written form.

This MSc is an academic course and does not lead to clinical accreditation.

Mental Health: Psychological Therapies is also available to study to PgDip level.


  • Six compulsory modules
  • Dissertation

Career paths

This programme gives you a range of career options. It is ideal if you want to do clinical psychology or psychotherapy training, including IAPT services, in the future.

It is also tailored to people working in mental health care who want to advance their careers by demonstrating their expertise in psychological therapies.

Recent graduates have gone on to:

  • complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, qualifying them to work as psychological wellbeing practitioners within the NHS
  • further doctoral-level training in clinical and counselling psychology
  • psychological assistant positions in the NHS and third-sector providers.


This module equips students with knowledge of core skills employed by Mental Health professionals in their workplace. The module maps out both classic and contemporary work in mental health settings and relates theory and research to practice, particularly in psychotherapy. Theory and research are drawn from a number of distinct areas, such as clinical and counselling psychology with a review of core mental health skills, such as assessment, diagnosis and formulation.

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Entry requirements

A 2:2 or above at undergraduate level in Psychology, Medicine or a related discipline.

University information

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is an internationally regarded public research institution based in London. It has a long history, dating back over 230 years, and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. Queen Mary has five campuses in the city of London and an international network of satellite campuses in China, Malta and Paris. There is a population of around 16,000 students at the London campuses and more than...more

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