Psychology of Mental Health - MSc

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Why study this course?

The MSc Psychology of Mental Health course is designed to provide advanced training in mental health, which supports the national initiative 5-year NHS plan. You'll gain a critical understanding of the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of research in this area.

This course will appeal to psychology graduates wanting to strengthen their position to undergo clinical psychology or counselling psychology training. Further, it aims to develop the skills of those currently working in social/health care practice to support career progression.

More about this course

This course will train those aiming to work in the mental health care services, social welfare, education and youth justice services, it also provides an opportunity for career change. Part of this will include motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural skills training aimed at developing students' practical and professional skills.

Assessment

Autumn semester

  • Psychopathology – two 1,500 word assignments
  • Specialised Clinical Issues in Healthcare - one three-hour examination 
  • Research Methods – one qualitative and one quantitative assignment

Spring semester

  • Resilience and Mindfulness - two 1,500 word assignments
  • Law, Protection and Ethics - one exam and one 3,000 word assignment
  • Treatment Interventions (oral exams, two transcripts along with two case studies - two 1,500 case presentations with transcripts - students would be assessed in front of the group)
  • Research Dissertation – approximately 8,000 words along with a poster presentation at an in-house conference and press release

Assessment would include your submission of one 3,000 word clinical case report (1,500 words) for each certificate (theoretically-supported) and additionally, your submission of the transcripts. These case reports would be based on a one-on-one interview with a colleague on your course in front of the group for assessment and training related group supervision.

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Course type Postgraduate
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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a good degree (minimum 2:2) or an equivalent relevant professional qualification in the area of social sciences, health, education and human sciences e.g. psychology, medicine, biomedical science, nursing, health promotion or social work.

Experience of research methods and data collection is preferable. All applicants will be interviewed. For applicants who are based overseas an interview via skype will be organised.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module allows students to explore the relationship between key aspects of the law, rights and code of professionals’ ethics within mental health. This module will look at the science base behind legal and policy developments across a range of mental health problems.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This introductory module will focus on the theoretical explanations of psychopathology from a biological, social, behavioural and cognitive perspective across the lifespan. Using formal classification systems including the DSM-5, it will provide an eclectic and multidisciplinary approach to understanding psychopathology. Various theoretical frameworks in both understanding and management of psychological problems will be explored.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • summer studies

    This module supports the process of planning and executing a research project.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module will focus on the importance of integrating resilience and mindfulness into healthcare practices to support and develop clients skills necessary for coping with problems and set- backs. It will integrate resilience and mindfulness across the lifespan in the context of mental health, special needs, the care system, at risk families and end of life issues from a cultural and systemic perspective. This module will further employ a family systems approach and explore the assessment of families, resilience, mental health promotion and empowering families towards making positive changes towards mental wellbeing. Theoretical models such as attachment theory, epigenetics, family and bio-ecological systems approach will be also covered.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module will focus on clients’ access to mental health care services in the NHS including specialized areas of psychopathology. Using formal classification systems and in line with the NHS and NICE guidelines, specialized clinical issues would target psychopathology and intervention strategies among clients with complex needs. A bio-psychosocial approach towards understanding and treating complex psychopathologies including substance misuse, eating disorders and ADHD would integrate an eclectic and multidisciplinary approach to treatment intervention. Various theoretical frameworks in both the understanding and management of psychological difficulties will be explored across the lifespan.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module is aimed at developing students’ professional skills in motivational interviewing and positive psychology which may support their current working practices and/or assist develop their employability skills. The module presents, discusses, and evaluates critically evidence-oriented interventions for substance misuse and psychological distress. Motivational interviewing and positive psychology, which are evidence-based interventions, will be described, evaluated, and, illustrated with targeted clients. Clients in this context will include students’ only. For students with no core psychology/healthcare training additional training would be necessary to pursue a clinical/counselling career.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    introduces a range of advanced quantitative and qualitative methods employed in psychological research. The module is designed for inclusion in postgraduate psychology courses which have the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as an entry requirement There are two equally-weighted items of coursework one based on quantitative approaches and methodology and the other based on qualitative approaches and methodology.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    The module is designed for inclusion in postgraduate psychology courses where students entering the course have some experience of psychology and research methods, but less than would normally be expected from a BPS accredited degree in psychology. The aim of this module is to introduce students to general principles of research design and the epistemological issues associated with different approaches. Student will be introduced to a range of methods for data collection and analysis including both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

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Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

What our students say

"There was a great deal of support, the course was interesting and it was useful to have some clinical skills on it- which has helped me in my own practice"

a graduate.

"The course has helped me get an interview for clinical psychology and I feel this has given me a solid foundation to work on"

a graduate.

After the course

Graduates have progressed on to working in different mental health care based organisations including mental health charities and NHS based services. Non mental health care settings have included schools and further higher education training.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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