menu icon
Book your open day visit nowClick to book open day
Psychological Therapy in Primary Care MSc

Psychological Therapy in Primary Care MSc

Different course options

Full time | Ninewells Campus | 12 months | 16-JAN-23

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Primary Health Care Counselling Skills (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Mental health services across the UK are facing a growing demand for therapeutic services to treat common mental health disorders. The NHS commitment to delivering evidence-based treatments means that the theoretical focus of this course is on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Delivered jointly by the University of Stirling and the University of Dundee, it is designed by NHS professionals and clinical academics to give you the clinical and professional skills you need to work as a clinical associate in applied psychology within the NHS.

You'll receive expert training in delivering evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to adults in primary care, and develop your knowledge of the prevalence, diagnostic criteria, presentation and treatment of common mental health disorders within a CBT framework. You'll gain the abilities to meet a range of performance targets safely, while responding constructively to clinical supervision, in line with professional and ethical guidelines. Applicants to this course simultaneously apply for employment with the NHS and, if accepted, their tuition fees are paid by NHS Education for Scotland. You'll undergo training and clinical supervision within the NHS.


This is an NHS Scotland-funded training course designed to produce graduates with the qualification to work as Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology, an NHS Scotland role. On successful completion of the course graduates are eligible to apply for these posts as well as other related posts. While specifically an NHS Scotland role, accreditation by the BPS and BABCP has increased the acceptance of this qualification in other parts of the UK. Applicants for this course should be aware that they are also applying for employment with the NHS and therefore must be eligible for employment in the NHS. This includes having appropriate personal qualities suited to employment in the NHS. Recruitment will be jointly undertaken by senior academic staff and NHS staff.


Principles and Methods of Psychological Therapy (30 Credits) - Core
Dissertation - MSc Psychological Therapy in Primary Care (60 Credits) - Core
Common Mental Health Disorders in Primary Care (30 Credits) - Core
Professional and Ethical Issues (10 Credits) - Core
Research, Evaluation & Outcome (25 Credits) - Core
Assessment, Diagnosis and Formulation (25 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

UK fees are paid by NES NHS

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is not available for International fee status

Entry requirements

Applicants must have the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and an Honours degree in Psychology (2:1 or above) and should have appropriate personal qualities suited to employment in the NHS. Some experience of working in a caring or clinical setting is desirable but not essential. Recruitment is jointly undertaken by representative senior academic and NHS staff. Alternatively, applicants should have successfully completed an MSc psychology conversion course at a level equivalent to a 2:1 and which confers GBC with the BPS.