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Applied Psychology (Mental Health and Psychological Therapies) MSc

Applied Psychology (Mental Health and Psychological Therapies) MSc

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Full time | Coleraine Campus | 1 year | 26-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Health Care Management / Health Studies Applied Psychology Psychology Specialisations

Course type


Course Summary

The programme provides an opportunity for students to enhance their skills and knowledge in areas of applied psychology related to mental health practice and research. It trains and equips students wishing to:

  • Enter further professional training in Clinical, Counselling, Educational or Forensic Psychology;
  • Become more employable for positions in the public and private sector (such as Assistant/ Associate Psychologist posts, Research Assistant/Analyst post);
  • Pursue PhD research in the area of mental health.

In addition, the course has gained full BPS accreditation for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) training. This can be taken as one of the routes within the MSc programme.

The MSc Applied Psychology programme was shortlisted for three consecutive years as the gradireland 'Postgraduate Course of the Year'.

Career options

Currently, our graduating students are successful in acquiring Assistant Psychologist positions, which with experience is allowing people to apply for Associate Psychologist positions. Others are successful in gaining entry onto Professional Doctorate programmes in Clinical, Counselling and Educational Psychology. Our graduates also secure posts in research and PhD scholarships in Psychology across the UK and Ireland. In addition, students who undertake the accredited Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) training strand within the course will be able to seek accreditation with the BPS for working as a PWP.


This module is designed to give students training in the advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods that are required for contemporary research in applied psychology. The major focus will be on research methods for mental health and health psychology. Quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered. Important issues such as data collection and research ethics will also be discussed. Students will become familiar with a single set of data from the National Comorbidity Survey (NCS) (a population study of mental health disorders in the US). They will also have the opportunity to design a qualitative study and evaluate qualitative evidence.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must hold at least a 2:1 degree in Psychology, which confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Those with a 2:2 are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to those who have some additional relevant clinical experience to add to their CV. All applicants, regardless of qualifications, are advised to use the space provided in the personal statement/additional information section of the online application process, to detail any experience that may be relevant to studying an MSc in Applied Psychology.