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Psychology of Mental Health MSc PGDip, PGCert

Psychology of Mental Health MSc PGDip, PGCert

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General) People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Psychology Specialisations

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

One in four people will experience a mental health problem each year. This post-graduate qualification will give you cutting-edge knowledge of relevant theory and the ability to apply it to care for vulnerable people in mental health settings.

Why study Psychology of Mental Health?

Psychology of Mental Health aims to provide you with a chance to acquire an extensive knowledge base to progress into mental health related careers. The degree will educate you about the specialised aspects of caring for people with mental illness

During the programme you will have the opportunity to complete a work placement in an applied setting, providing you with valuable skills and experience that will aid your career development.

You will gain advanced qualitative and quantitative research skills and be expected to critically analyse existing research as you work towards your own original research project. This knowledge and understanding of academia will underpin the applied focus of the degree, in which the real-world implications of research are considered.

The masters is designed for people who are confident using research methods in academic settings, typically from having studied Psychology or a related discipline at undergraduate level. However, if you lack this experience there is a distance learning online “bridging module” available which will help prepare you for the advanced research methods and independent project modules. If you would like further information on this route into the programme please email the programme director.

The PGCert programme is an alternative qualification available to students who are interested in this field and may want to consider a career in mental health, but who don’t want to commit to a full-time course, or who don’t have a strong background in research methods. This would give you the experience of studying this fascinating area at postgraduate level and would provide a good route into further study in counselling and other related fields.

Why St Mary's?

You will have access to fully-equipped laboratories with high specification apparatus. Students will also achieve exit awards PgDip and PgCert.

Psychology is a well-established programme within the Department of Psychology and Pedagogical Science at St Mary’s. Our small and friendly team is committed to your well-being.

Career opportunities

In addition to being of interest to those wishing to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology, the degree could provide suitable training for anyone wishing to study for a PhD.

The programme could also aid those interested in progressing to careers in health-related professions such as psychotherapy, social work, mental health nursing, and occupational therapy as practitioners, researchers or managers.

Modules

This module provides students with the opportunity to identify and address key personal, professional and career development issues relevant to their area of interest. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon their own core competencies, personal qualities and areas for development, having undertaken in-depth psychometric testing. These tests generate a detailed report which the students will use to help identify and explore key areas for development within the context of their future career aspirations. The module incorporates a period of work experience which will enable the student to focus on both the practical application and development of their key skills within a real-world setting. The combination of psychometric testing, reflection and analysis of the workplace will culminate in the production of a focussed personal development action plan (PDAP).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£9,620

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£13,950

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have a first degree (with honours) (2:2) in Psychology or a related discipline at a UK-based institution (or equivalent from another country provided there is substantive Research Methods included in the first degree). If your first degree in Psychology is not from a UK-based institution, or if your first degree is from a UK-based institution but not in Psychology, your application will be forwarded to the Programme Director for review and you may be asked to complete a bridging course in Research Methods as a condition of entry onto the course.