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Psychological Therapies


The Psychological Therapies MSc is suitable for those working with, or seeking to work 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.  Although not a clinically accredited course, most students pursue a clinical training, such as IAPT, clinical or counselling psychology following this MSc programme, though some will enter research careers, policy work, management, or senior clinical practice.

This course equips students with knowledge of the assessment of mental health problems, understanding the origins of these problems, 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 other specialist interventions.

Students undertake some supervised practice during placements for which they apply during the course and become skilled in communicating and presenting their ideas in written and oral form. The learning process involves enhancing knowledge and experience in assessing poor mental health and deciding which interventions may be helpful and learning 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. The students will also learn about research methods and the research process, and undertake an original research project.

There are three overall learning objectives for students:

  1. Learn about assessing mental health problems and understanding their origins and how to help recovery.
  2. Learn about which psychological therapies are effective and for whom, and actively participate in some supervised clinical work.
  3. Learn about research methods and deliver an original research project.
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