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Mental Health: Psychological Therapies MSc

Mental Health: Psychological Therapies MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

The Psychological Therapies MSc is suitable for those working with people with mental health problems, or with organisations that provide care, commissioning or policies on mental health care. Most students are working with those affected by poor mental health and are graduates from psychology, medicine, social work, criminal justice or nursing. However, students come from various other fields such as administration, voluntary sector work, media, human resources and industry. It is an academic course providing in depth understanding of mental health concepts, classification, epidemiology , aetiology and treatments. There is the opportunity to examine critically different approaches to understanding mental disorder. Also to acquire a knowledge base of how to assess patients with mental disorder and understand the evidence base of different treatments for different types of disorder. Following this MSc many students pursue a clinical training though some will enter research careers, policy work, management, or senior clinical practice.

This course equips students with knowledge assessing mental health problems and understanding their origins and how to help recovery. Students learn about psychological therapies including individual cognitive behaviour therapies, cognitive analytic therapies, psychodynamic therapies, as well as group and family therapies. Students undertake some supervised practice during placements for which they apply during the course. Students become skilled in communicating and presenting their ideas in written and oral form. Students become knowledgeable and experienced in assessing poor mental health and deciding which interventions may be helpful, and knowing more about which therapies might work for whom. In addition, during the experiential groups and clinical placements they become more mindful and experienced in working with emotional, behavioural and psychological distress. Students learn about research and undertake an original research project.

There are three overall learning objectives for students: Learn about assessing mental health problems and understanding their origins and how to help recovery; Learn about which psychological therapies are effective and for whom, and actively participate in some supervised clinical work; Learn about research methods and deliver an original research project. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion.

Different course options

Full time | Charterhouse Square | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module prepares students for working with people with complex mental health needs. The ability to safely and accurately assess and identify mental health problems in vulnerable people is a valuable skill for work in psychiatric or psychological services, homelessness agencies, learning disabilities services or forensic services, and legal services. The knowledge and skills acquired in this module will enable you to feel well equipped in understanding the signs, symptoms and labelling strategies used in deciphering complex mental health issues to make you a more effective member of the service team. You will also learn study skills and presentation skills and engage in group learning processes using problem based learning, role plays, and group discussion.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 in a UK Bachelor's degree or overseas equivalent in subjects such as Psychology, Medicine or a cognate subject. Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess adequate Professional Qualification and have at least one year's experience working in a relevant field may be considered on a case by case basis.