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Mental Health: Psychological Therapies Online PGDip

Mental Health: Psychological Therapies Online PGDip

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Distance without attendance | Queen Mary University of London | 9 months | 18-SEP-23

Study mode

Distance without attendance


9 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

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 training in research methods and writing
  • Learn from leading experts in the field

What you'll study

On this PgDip, you’ll learn how to understand the signs, symptoms and labelling strategies used in deciphering complex mental health issues, making you a more effective member of your service team. You’ll also learn study skills and presentation skills and engage in group tasks using problem-based learning, role-play, and group discussion.

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.

In addition, you’ll also develop your research skills and complete a placement report. By the time you complete the programme, you’ll be an able communicator, adept at expressing your ideas in spoken or written form.

If you're a part-time student, you'll take 3 compulsory modules in the first year (Mental Health in Context; Psychological therapies: Paradigms and Systems; Psychological therapies: Applications and Effectiveness) and the remaining 3 compulsory modules in year two.

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


  • Six compulsory modules

Career paths

The skills this programme gives you are valuable for work in psychiatric or psychological services, homelessness agencies, learning disabilities services or forensic services and legal services.

We will encourage you to secure work roles in the field of mental health. We’ll help you prepare your CV, work on interview technique, and develop clinical skills if you want to consider more advanced and accredited courses.


This module provides students with practical application of Applied Research Methods. The general aim is to equip students with transferable skills that can be either used towards completing an empirical project or conducting a systematic review. There is no taught component in this module, except for 4 hours of tutorial sessions delivered on alternate weeks. These 4 sessions will be complementary to 5 tutorial sessions delivered in Semester 2 for Psychological Therapies:Paradigms and Systems and Psychological Therapies: applications and Effectiveness. The aim of these 4 tutorial sessions is to provide academic support for their completion of their Pilot study.

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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