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The Sensory Systems, Technologies & Therapies (SenSyT) MRes programme was devised in consultation with industry partners developing treatments for sensory disorders. Read more

The Sensory Systems, Technologies & Therapies (SenSyT) MRes programme was devised in consultation with industry partners developing treatments for sensory disorders. It is an innovative biomedical and translational sciences programme intended for students pursuing a career in academia or in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industrial sectors.

About this degree

Through a major year-long research project and supplemental coursework, students will learn to conduct cutting-edge research aimed at understanding fundamental principles of sensory systems function and/or developing novel technologies and therapies for sensory disorders, such as deafness and blindness.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project with dissertation/report (120 credits).

Core modules

  • Introduction to Sensory Systems, Technologies & Therapies
  • Research in Practice
  • Translating Science into the Clinic

Optional modules

One optional module can be chosen from a group of appropriate modules currently offered at the UCL Ear Institute or at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, to provide more in-depth knowledge and understanding of particular issues in sensory systems research. Examples include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Audiovestibular System
  • Auditory Biophysics and Electroacoustics
  • Ocular Cell Biology, Genetics and Epidemiology of Ocular Disease
  • Ocular Development in Health and Disease
  • Visual Neuroscience

Students may choose an alternative optional module from across UCL with prior approval of the Programme Director, provided that it aligns with the topic of the extended research project.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a year-long independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars, workshops, journal clubs, and an extended research project. Assessment is through coursework, oral presentations, essays, practicals, unseen written examinations, and research dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Sensory Systems, Technologies and Therapies MRes

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The Sensory Systems, Technologies and Therapies MRes was devised in consultation not only with academic scientists pursuing cutting-edge research in sensory systems and therapies, but also with representatives from industries interested in developing new treatments for sensory disorders. The programme has therefore been designed with the intention of ensuring that successful graduates will be attractive candidates either for further PhD research or for jobs in the commercial sector (for example, in companies developing or marketing novel treatments for visual impairment or hearing loss).

Employability

Students will graduate with interdisciplinary training in sensory systems science; a good understanding of the clinical and commercial context for development of sensory systems technologies and therapies; and substantive experience with a cutting-edge research project.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is among the world's top universities for biomedical research, with particular strength in neuroscience, sensory systems research, and translational studies. Students taking the Sensory Systems, Technologies and Therapies MRes will be based at the UCL Ear Institute, an internationally recognised centre for auditory research, and will also take core modules at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, one of the world's major centres for vision research.

MRes students will have access to potential research supervisors from across all UCL, and will benefit from interaction with students on the Sensory Systems, Technologies and Therapies MPhil/PhD. The Sensory Systems, Technologies and Therapies MRes will therefore provide students with outstanding opportunities to learn from and network with scientists, engineers, clinicians and students throughout the UCL community.



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Keep up to date about news, events and application information by joining our mailing list. We will let you know of upcoming deadlines and events, and send you relevant emails related to the programme. Sign up here:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/medicine/genes-drugs-stem-cells/register-your-interest/

The course is a unique combination of

'hot' and rapidly developing topics

in advanced therapeutic medicines and will provide academic and laboratory research training in three key areas (streams):

•Gene and Nucleic Acid Based Therapies

•Regenerative Medicine

•New Horizons in Pharmacology

The main purpose of this programme is to facilitate state-of-the-art education in next generation therapies for scientist and clinicians, who will be equipped to significantly contribute to these rapidly expanding fields.

A major focus is training in

translational research

illustrating all steps required to progress novel therapies from bench-to-bedside and towards drug licensing.

It is the provision of teaching in all three areas of advanced therapeutic development which makes our programme unique.

Hear from Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells students and graduates on the National Heart and Lung Institute website.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

CORE MODULES

You take all four core modules below.

Science and Research Skill Module

Covers the basic ethical principles related to pre-clinical and clinical research, relevant tissue governance (e.g. the Human Tissue Act), and basic statistics amd experimental design. Provides awareness of commercialisation strategies, the importance of intellectual property protection, and the health economy.

Key Concepts in Gene and Nucleic Acid-Based Therapies

An introduction to human genetics and genomics underpinning the development of gene and nucleic acid-based therapies. Includes lectures on monogenic and complex diseases, the complexities of genotype/phenotype correlations, principles of gene regulation and suitable animal models to mimic human disease. Module Leader: Prof Uta Griesenbach.

Key Concepts in Regenerative Medicine

Includes teaching on human studies and discussion of clinical trials to provide a methodological prospective and review the current status of trials using regenerative medicine. Provides an introduction to biomaterials for regenerative medicine, and a discussion of different strategies to engage the public in the research, ethics and clinical translation of regenerative medicine. Module Leader: Prof Sara Rankin.

Key Concepts in New Horizons in Pharmacology

Provides a basic understanding of how drugs target disease, disease mechanisms and how the drug development process has evolved over time. You receive training in developing novel therapeutic agents and assessing safety. Module Leader: Prof Jane Mitchell.

OPTIONAL MODULES

You choose one optional module from below.

Advanced Studies in Gene and Nucleic Acid-Based Therapies

Covers gene and nucleic acid based therapies to an advanced level. Includes discussion of the first approved gene therapy product, and practical experience in preparation for the research project.

Advanced Studies in New Horizons in Pharmacology

Covers how pharmacology continues to identify new endogenous pathways (e.g. cytokines) that can be targeted to develop new drugs to an advanced level. Addresses the idea of how nanomedicine approaches are being used to make new formulations of drugs and what this means in terms of testing efficacy and toxicity. Principles of personalised medicine are also covered.

Advanced Studies in Regenerative Medicine

Covers the tools and technologies utilised in the field of regenerative medicine and the use of stem cells to develop disease models in culture. Lectures cover cutting edge research and new patents relating to regenerative pharmacology, covering the molecular pathways and drugs being used for stem cell differentiation in vitro and for the mobilization and activation of stem cells in vivo.

RESEARCH PROJECT

You will complete an extensive six-month research project related to one of the optional modules above. You join an established research laboratory to conduct work supervised by academic staff.

The research project culminates in a written project report of approximately 10,000 words and an oral presentation.

Watch video introductions to the steam-specific compulsory modules listed above - http://www.imperial.ac.uk/nhli/study-and-training/postgraduate-taught/for-students/#GDS



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In these programmes we aim to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families. Read more
In these programmes we aim to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families. You will develop the knowledge and competencies required to be an effective practitioner, as determined by the relevant national curriculum for the Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People (CYP IAPT) Programme. We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally recognised research environment, nationally recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

The Postgraduate Diploma

The PGDip programme (http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/pgdipptpcypf/) has been developed to equip you with the knowledge and skills in evidence-based psychological therapies required by the UK Department of Health’s Improving Access to the CYP IAPT Programme. You will complete all the requirements of the CYP IAPT national curriculum through university-based workshops, clinical supervision groups and tutorials. You will also be supported to undertake supervised clinical practice with children, young people and their parents. On successful completion of the programme you may be eligible to apply for accreditation of your therapy practice by the appropriate Professional Standards or Regulatory Body, subject to additional requirements as necessary (eg. British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy).

In this programme we aim to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families. You will develop the knowledge and competencies required to be an effective practitioner, as determined by the relevant national curriculum for the CYP IAPT Programme. We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally recognised research environment, nationally recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

The MSc

The MSc programme (http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/mscptprcypf/) has been developed to enable you extend the PGDip programme, into a MSc by undertaking a piece of empirical research. The research dissertation will allow you to follow your research interests in a topic related to children, young people and/or family mental health or a project related to a service-based development need in this area. Supervision is provided by a clinical/psychological therapies researcher with provision available to support project supervision over the telephone or through internet-based software applications to improve access to the programme.

In this programme we aim to help you consolidate your previous training as an effective and evidence-based practitioner in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families by undertaking a research dissertation in this area. We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally-recognised research environment, nationally-recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

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Why this course?. This course will enhance your knowledge and understanding of cancer therapies and provide you with the skills to assess, analyse, critically appraise and evaluate current and emerging anti-cancer therapies and the drug discovery cascade, from target evaluation and engagement to clinical trials. Read more

Why this course?

This course will enhance your knowledge and understanding of cancer therapies and provide you with the skills to assess, analyse, critically appraise and evaluate current and emerging anti-cancer therapies and the drug discovery cascade, from target evaluation and engagement to clinical trials.

The programme was developed in response to the increasing demand for a course which focuses on current and emerging cancer therapies. It is the only programme in the UK which combines a focus on cancer biology with the practical, ethical and economic implications of personalised cancer therapy, along with its biology and the discovery and development of drugs.

It has been constructed to produce world-class graduates with the skills to contribute to the global drive in advancing cancer treatment through research, teaching, industry and public sector employment.

What you'll study

You'll focus on anti-cancer treatment therapies, with a particular emphasis on personalised medicine, covering the therapeutic target and the biological mechanisms of current and emerging anti-cancer therapies. You'll also explore radiotherapy as a diagnostic and as a single or combinational treatment with drugs in anti-cancer therapy.

You'll be introduced to the discovery and development of new drugs and the challenges associated with this process. You'll be able to evaluate the drug discovery pipeline including medicinal chemistry, screening, secondary assays and other drug discovery and development technologies. Through a virtual drug discovery programme, you'll have the opportunity to develop anti-cancer agents and progress these through the drug discovery cascade, from target engagement to clinical trials.

The programme will equip you with a range of skills including scientific writing, critical analysis, problem-solving, teamworking, as well as advanced data set analysis and interpretation. You'll experience a wide range of scientific topics from molecular biology, to cell biology and genetics, medicinal chemistry to formulation and radiobiology to nuclear medicine. You'll have the opportunity to conduct independent research and working as part of a multidisciplinary team you'll gain an appreciation of the contributions other disciplines make to cancer drug discovery.

Facilities

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences is recognised as one of the foremost departments of its kind in the UK. It's a leading research centre in the search for new and improved medicines. You'll benefit from the advanced facilities of a new £36 million building. The Institute is ranked no 2 in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2018 and the University of Strathclyde has recently been one of the few UK institutes to be awarded the status of 'Emerging Centre of excellence for radiobiology research' in the UK.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions.

If you successfully complete the required taught classes you may undertake a laboratory project on the subject of cancer therapies for the MSc.

Assessment

Written examinations, course work with formative and summative approaches are taken in different aspects of the course. Written reports, oral presentations, scenario-based learning and moderated peer assessment are all included in the course.

Careers

Graduates will have a number of potential employment opportunities: large and small pharma companies, SMEs, within health services and providers, their home institutions and as academics in UK, EU or international Universities.

The course will enable careers in research, academia industry and the health sector and offers you a unique exposure to the entire drug discovery and development cascade while keeping patients' needs at the forefront of the learning process.



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This course provides you with the skills to asses and treat patients with brief, evidence-based psychological approaches for the treatment of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Read more
This course provides you with the skills to asses and treat patients with brief, evidence-based psychological approaches for the treatment of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. It is part of the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme which trains Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) for NHS employment.

The Department of Health's IAPT programme is an innovative approach to address common mental health problems. Through this course you are trained as a practitioner to help those who experience depression and anxiety through use of evidence-based psychological therapies.

Low intensity treatments employ brief, cognitive behavioural therapy approaches through use of vehicles such as guided self-help, forming part of the stepped care system recommended for depression and anxiety disorders. After meeting and assessing a patient, the practitioner supports a therapeutic intervention to help patients with their problems and/or engage with other services that will facilitate them in their recovery.

Our Low Intensity Psychological Therapies Brochure 2017-18 (PDF: 1,130 KB) provides more information about this course. FAQs, links to IAPT resources and information about a 'week in the life of a psychological wellbeing practitioner' and are also included in the publication.

After completing this course, you are eligible to apply for Band 5 PWP posts in NHS organisations. These posts also exist in the private and voluntary sectors.

Delivery and Placements

Most campus based teaching takes place on Mondays, and for the rest of the week you are on placement.

Placements are currently provided around the north east of England in services that treat individuals experiencing common mental health problems through implementation of evidence-based psychological therapies.

On completing this course you can work towards Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) accreditation.

Facilities

Excellent general learning resources are available including access to the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will find all workshop and lecture slides, and programme and module handbooks.

The School of Psychology is located in the Ridley Building where you will have access to a postgraduate resources room with networked computers and printer.

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The first course of its kind in the UK, the Stem Cell & Regenerative Therapies. From Bench to Market MSc combines biological and medical science with business, law and bioethics. Read more

The first course of its kind in the UK, the Stem Cell & Regenerative Therapies: From Bench to Market MSc combines biological and medical science with business, law and bioethics. It is designed to develop expertise in the biological, commercial and regulatory aspects of cellular therapy, along with its application in biomedicine and equips students to pursue a business-based career in cellular therapy or related disciplines.

Key benefits

  • Work alongside leaders in the field at King’s Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine – a focal point in the UK for cutting edge research in this field.
  • Produce credible business plans for the application of cellular therapy in clinical settings, taking into consideration science, patient benefits, ethical code, regulations and market laws.
  • Learn to conduct investigations, analyse the results using various qualitative and quantitative methods and draw valid conclusions for commercialisation of cellular therapy.
  • Mentoring sessions by King’s academics and external guests
  • Outstanding networking opportunities with leaders in the field (scientists, biotechnology/pharma, financial services, stem cell manufacturing, regulatory and public sectors)

Description

Cellular therapies have attracted much interest in recent years in virtually all disciplines of medicine with over 2,700 clinical trials enrolled between 2000 and 2010. As of today, http://www.clinicaltrials.gov has over 27,800 registered cellular therapy clinical trials. The complexity of issues relating to cell manufacturing, the underlying regulatory framework, reimbursement and viable business models, each represent challenges that profoundly undermine the timing and the delivery of a viable healthcare model. Our programme will provide tools that aid the understanding of these complex issues within an integrated and commercial context.

This one-year advanced study course explores the biological, regulatory and business aspects of cellular therapy in the fields of biomedicine. You will study a range of modules that include Stem Cells in Cellular Therapies & Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapies in Immunology. You will also complete a dissertation related to business strategy development for cellular therapy.

You will study modules totalling 180 credits throughout the year, with 60 credits coming from the 15,000 – 18,000-word dissertation.

Course format and assessment

Teaching style and study time

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Methods of assessment

This course is assessed through a combination of the following:

  • essays
  • poster presentation
  • journal club-style presentation
  • oral presentations
  • case study.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

 Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Denmark Hill and Guy’s campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates go on to careers in business development and commercialisation of stem cells products and services, while others go on to pursue a career in the research sector.

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With the growing emphasis on psychologically informed care, our Master’s degree in Psychological Therapies and Mental Health is perfectly placed to equip you with the ability to challenge stigma, promote service user choice and develop a compassionate understanding of those experiencing mental health difficulties. . Read more

With the growing emphasis on psychologically informed care, our Master’s degree in Psychological Therapies and Mental Health is perfectly placed to equip you with the ability to challenge stigma, promote service user choice and develop a compassionate understanding of those experiencing mental health difficulties. 

Introducing your degree

You will complete the course with a robust knowledge of contemporary and historical psychological therapies and techniques, and you’ll be taught within a research-led culture by advanced clinical practitioners. Theory and practice are used to examine current and global mental health scenarios, the challenges posed for the individual, their families and wider community.

Overview

The MSc Psychological Therapies and Mental Health can be studied full-time (one year) or part-time (two to five years). It has been designed for those who have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner status. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, case study work, assessment and formulation work, intervention strategies and reflective discussion. These approaches are designed not only to integrate theory and practice but also to foster a spirit of enquiry, promote collaborative learning and meet a range of learner needs and styles.

Career Opportunities

This MSc will complement careers in mental health, counselling and therapy, behaviour change, academic research, strategic work for campaigning groups (service user groups and advocacy work) and innovative work in the public, voluntary and private sector. The programme will also complement other roles in secondary/acute care where a strong psychological perspective and knowledge is required.



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This part-time PgCert/PgDip course is for professionals working in mental health, such as mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers, and is designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). Read more
This part-time PgCert/PgDip course is for professionals working in mental health, such as mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers, and is designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).

It aims to provide high quality postgraduate training in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT), and is accredited by the BABCP at Level 1. You will have to meet some further criteria, in addition to the course, for full practitioner accreditation.

The syllabus is based on the Roth & Pilling competency framework for CBT with anxiety disorders and depression, and the course focuses on CBT with adults, although we also welcome practitioners working with children and older adults.

You must be able to practise CBT in your work and have ongoing supervision from a supervisor or manager in your workplace. You will also need five hours’ supervision from a BABCP accredited practitioner.

Distinctive features

• Accredited by British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
• Designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with BABCP
• Currently the only CBT training programme in Wales accredited by the BABCP.

Structure

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) consists of 14 training days commencing in January.

Core modules:

The fundamentals of CBT
CBT for specific disorders

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) consists of 14 specialist supervision sessions commencing in January.

Core modules:

The fundamentals of CBT
CBT for specific disorders
CBT Clinical Skills
CBT Metacompetences

Assessment

The course is assessed via a combination of written assignments and practical assessment

The PG Cert is assessed by one essay and two case reports

The PG Dip is assessed by a further case report and a rating of a recorded therapy session.

Career Prospects

Graduates from the course will have evidence of skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, recognised by the BABCP, which can be used in a number of employment fields.

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Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) course provides practical, intensive and detailed training to equip you with the necessary skills… Read more

Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) course provides practical, intensive and detailed training to equip you with the necessary skills to become an independent CBT practitioner in accordance with the BABCP guidelines. You will work in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services and train in evidence-based CBT for adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

Key benefits

  • Teaching from experts at the cutting edge of CBT development.
  • Latest developments in CBT.
  • Longest running UK-based CBT course.
  • Multidisciplinary teaching team from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and South London & Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust clinical units.

Description

The aim of our course is to deliver practical, intensive and detailed training that will develop your skills and competence in CBT. We will help you to become skilled and creative independent CBT practitioners in accordance with BABCP guidelines. You will also develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT.

Through lectures and workshops, you will learn from internationally known figures involved in developing and evaluating cutting-edge cognitive behavioural treatments. Our multi-disciplinary teaching team are all actively involved in CBT practice and research developments in the Institute and in the variousclinical units of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

Course format and assessment

Teaching two days a week; group supervision; master classes; journal clubs; examined by coursework assignments; clinical reports of case work; audio-recorded therapy sessions.

Career prospects

Upon successful completion, graduates will be eligible for registration as an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP.

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IN BRIEF. Follow a route to a professional doctorate and research career paths in psychology. Understand psychological theories that have a central role to play in modern healthcare provision. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Follow a route to a professional doctorate and research career paths in psychology
  • Understand psychological theories that have a central role to play in modern healthcare provision
  • Receive support from a highly qualified team of psychology staff
  • Part-time study option

COURSE SUMMARY

This course will equip you with a valuable professional insight into topics including the causes of addiction and how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other evidence based psychotherapies can be used to help address stress, depression,chronic pain and other related disorders.

You'll find the course particularly relevant if you are working in the NHS or healthcare independent sector, including addiction clinics, and want to develop your knowledge and understanding of psychological therapy beyond the basic level offered in some professional qualification courses.

For further information, take a look at our Psychology blog.

The aim of this course is to enable you to develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of applied psychology in the context of psychological intervention and therapeutic modalities including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

The full-time route is structured over 12 months and comprises of three 10 week semesters. In semester 1 and 2 you will complete two taught modules in each semester. In semester 3 you will complete your dissertation under the supervision of one of the course tutors. If you choose to follow the part-time route you will complete the course over three years, completing two taught modules in each of the first two years and the dissertation in your third year.

The dissertation module on this course will also give you the opportunity to pursue an area of applied psychology and psychological therapies directly related to your own work or interest.

TEACHING

This course is taught using a mixture of approaches including the following:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Discussion/debates
  • Video presentation
  • Research seminars and workshops
  • Guest speaker presentations
  • Virtual learning environment, online resources and web based learning / CD-Rom training packages
  • Student presentations
  • Directed study

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • Theorectical essays
  • Reflective essays
  • Research proposal
  • Dissertation

EMPLOYABILITY

This course has helped students to progress to leadership positions within the field of psychological therapies and to advance to more senior practitioner and research roles. Some of our graduates have received bursaries toward PhD study.

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course is an excellent springboard in applied psychology that you can use to become a leader in your profession. It could open doors to more senior roles (including Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) in CBT and therapeutic intervention – two areas that government views as key to effective modern healthcare provision.



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Gain the specialist training to advance your professional development in counselling, psychotherapy or another healthcare-related field. Read more

Gain the specialist training to advance your professional development in counselling, psychotherapy or another healthcare-related field.

You will further your understanding of contemporary theories in psychological therapies by analysing key issues and debates in counselling and psychotherapy. You will explore cognitive behavioural therapy approaches to therapeutic practice, social psychological theory and group therapy research.

As well as supporting your professional growth, your course will allow you to specialise in your chosen area of interest. Some of the diverse modules have an experiential component, others require purely academic study, and some will be useful for psychologists undertaking an independent route to the British Psychological Society's counselling psychology chartership. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

The modular design of our course allows you to build on previous learning and experience. Plus, you'll have the unique opportunity to investigate areas outside of your normal area of work, and study the topics that most people are unable to follow at diploma level.

Our dissertation module allows you to undertake an in-depth study of an area of particular interest whilst contributing to the wider profession.

Core modules

  • Existential, Humanistic & Psychodynamic Theories of Therapy
  • Research in Practice (Dissertation)
  • Understanding & Evaluating the Evidence, or
  • Understanding Social Research & Evaluation
  • Practical Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Issues & Debates
  • Foundations of the Theory & Practice of Coaching

Option modules

  • Work-Based Study
  • Working With Depression & Anxiety in Practice
  • Group Therapies & Group Work
  • Supervision in Practice

Job Prospects

This course will enhance your ongoing professional development in many related fields such as nursing, social work or life coaching. If you are already practising as a counsellor or psychotherapist, this course will enable you to fulfil the professional development requirements of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and the UK Council for Psychotherapy in order to maintain accreditation.

  • Psychologist
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Counsellor


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Summary. The programme provides an opportunity for students to enhance their skills and knowledge in areas of applied psychology related to mental health practice and research. Read more

Summary

The programme provides an opportunity for students to enhance their skills and knowledge in areas of applied psychology related to mental health practice and research. It trains and equips students wishing to:

  • Enter further professional training in Clinical, Counselling, Educational or Forensic Psychology;
  • Become more employable for positions in the public and private sector (such as Assistant and Associate Psychologist posts, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner posts, and Research Assistant/Analyst posts);
  • Pursue PhD research in the area of mental health.

In addition, the course has gained full AFT accreditation for Foundation Level training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, and full BPS accreditation for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner training. These can be taken as routes within the MSc programme.

This course is undergoing academic revalidation during 2016/17, and course content/modules are subject to change. 

Structure and content

To complete the Masters programme, students are required to successfully complete 180 university credits. Programme Routes: There are three different ‘routes’ that students can take during their time on the programme, depending on their interest or the experience they would like to gain from their training. These routes have been designed because feedback from students suggests that some people like to maintain a broad range of skills and experience, whereas others prefer to focus on a particular area of practice. The route students choose may depend on the kind of work or further training that they want to pursue beyond the MSc course itself (note that all 3 routes include the carrying out of an MSc Research Project):

  • The ‘Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner’ route – This route incorporates training as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP), which is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society. PWPs work in primary care mental health services, delivering low intensity psychological interventions (with a CBT focus) for people experiencing mild to moderate emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. This is a well-established role in mental health services in England, and services in Northern Ireland are developing to include a focus on this way of working. Students taking this route will spend time on clinical placement during the course, arranged by the course team (more on this below).
  • The main course route, entitled ‘Mental Health and Psychological Therapies’ – This route offers a breadth of experience in theory and skills training, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Family Therapy & Systemic Practice skills modules, Advanced Research Methods, and a choice amongst key Mental Health and Professional Issues modules.
  • The ‘Mental Health with Family Therapy and Systemic Practice’ route – this incorporates elements of the main course route (e.g. CBT, Mental Health modules, research methods), as well as Foundation Level training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (fully accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice). The training focuses on approaches implemented when supporting families, but also on how these approaches and concepts can be applied to working with individuals. Students on this route must have secured their own work in a therapeutic setting (to enable them to practice systemic therapy skills), including supervision by an accredited therapist.

Professional recognition

British Psychological Society (BPS)  

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) against the requirements for qualification as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

Work placement / study abroad

The programme has a number of opportunities to connect clinical placement experiences with studies on campus. The BPS-accredited Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Training (which composes part of one of the course routes), includes a 9-month clinical placement in low-intensity psychological therapies services, arranged by the course team. The AFT-accredited Foundation Level Training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (which composes part of another course route), includes a module that explores and assesses students' clinical experiences in this area of practice - placement for this module is arranged by students themselves. Finally, the MSc presents a further placement opportunity for students who have completed the course, in the form of a 15-credit standalone placement module ('Clinical Placement in Applied Psychology'). A selection of clinical placements have been secured in Psychology Services in the Western Health and Social Care Trust, in specialisms including Adult Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Paediatric Psychology, Older Adults, Personality Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder Services. This post-MSc module is only open to those students who have completed the MSc at Ulster, and students who enrol on this module will be working as the equivalent of Assistant Psychologists on a voluntary basis in these services (length of placements are typically between 6 months and one year).

Career options

Currently, our graduating students are successful in acquiring Assistant Psychologist positions, which with experience is allowing people to apply for Associate Psychologist positions. Others are successful in gaining entry onto Professional Doctorate programmes in Clinical, Counselling and Educational Psychology, or PhD scholarships in Psychology across UK and Ireland. In addition, students who undertake the accredited Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) training strand within the course will be able to seek accreditation with the BPS for working as a PWP. Finally, students who undertake AFT Foundation Level Training will have completed Stage 1 of 3 in their training to become a qualified Systemic Psychotherapist.



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Each year, mental health problems such as anxiety and depression will affect 1 in 4 people, including 1 in 10 children, at an anticipated global cost of $6T by 2030. Read more

Each year, mental health problems such as anxiety and depression will affect 1 in 4 people, including 1 in 10 children, at an anticipated global cost of $6T by 2030. Psychological therapies, especially cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), provide a safe, effective solution to many of our most common mental health problems.

This new programme, offered at the University of Edinburgh, provides practitioner and supervisor level training in IPT and CBT. With a special, but not exclusive, focus on childhood and adolescence, the programme is suited to practitioners working with children, youth and adults.

Individual courses are accredited by UK professional bodies, ensuring high quality standards and recognition by employers post-qualification. Teaching and supervision are provided by experienced clinicians and clinical academics. The programme has close links with the NHS and community organisations, ensuring that students learn in a clinically-informed context.

Programme structure

All students will enrol on the MSc Psychological Therapies but have the option to exit with a CBT or IPT specialism, denoted by an addition in brackets to the title of the award. Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma exit options are also available.

At certificate level students will complete practitioner level training in CBT or IPT, before going onto either complete practitioner level in the complementing therapy, or to specialise by completing advanced training in the same therapy. A range of course options are available, allowing the student to tailor their therapeutic training towards specific populations in terms of age or condition.

Students will typically complete 60 credits each year, thus completing the MSc over three years, but the flexible programme structure allows students to take between 2 and 6 years, depending on their own needs.

Learning outcomes

The programme equips students with advanced knowledge and critical understanding of:

  • Psychological models of change as they apply to children, adolescents and adults, including principles of assessment and formulation.
  • Theories of normal and atypical cognitive, social, and emotional development as applied to therapeutic models.
  • The empirical evidence for the effectiveness of psychological interventions with a number of the most common mental health problems within a developmental context.

Career opportunities

Graduates can expect to gain employment in clinical services or private practice as mental health practitioners. Depending on course choices, graduates may be eligible for accreditation with the BABCP and/or IPT-UK.



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One year full-time, two years part-time. Distance-learning option available. Read more
One year full-time, two years part-time.
Distance-learning option available

This programme develops your knowledge, skills and ability to think critically about working in mental health and mental health research, imparting the professional values and attitudes necessary in health and social care, while also covering a variety
of psychological therapy approaches.

Core modules:
• Advanced Skills in Mental Health

We offer the option of two pathways:

• Psychological Therapies, or Cultural & Global Perspectives in Mental Health Care
• Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice

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Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, this course is aimed at experienced mental health professionals with experience of working in an IAPT service who wish to become accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapists. Read more
Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, this course is aimed at experienced mental health professionals with experience of working in an IAPT service who wish to become accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapists.

Fully accredited by the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a Level 2 IAPT course, Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies: High Intensity Training is a rigorous, challenging and highly rewarding clinical skills training course.

You will be trained in the use of empirically supported treatments, observe expert clinical demonstrations, and receive constructive feedback on your developing clinical competence. You will also develop the research competences required to ensure that your clinical interventions are based upon the best available scientific evidence.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have satisfied the requirements of BABCP minimum training standards, and be eligible to apply for BABCP accreditation.

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