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MSc Psychological Well-being and Mental Health

Course Description

The degree in Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health is aimed at students who are intending to work – or are already employed – in health care, counselling, social care and related areas. Students will evaluate, assess, and advance the current understanding of what works in helping adults achieve psychological wellbeing and good mental health.

Why choose this course?

The MSc Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health is designed to equip graduates with an in-depth knowledge of psychological theory relevant to the improvement and maintenance of psychological wellbeing and sound mental health in adults. The course will also teach you a range of practical and research related skills aimed at people intending to work, who are already employed, in the mental health sector.

During the course students will study modules covering a range of topics. These may include:

Psychological Well-being
Contemporary Issues in Mental Health
Clinical Research Methods
Theory and Application to Mental Health
Assessment, Case Formulation and Intervention
Specialist Psychology Essay
Research and Professional Skills
Research Project / Dissertation.

For more information about the modules you may study on this course please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/psychologicalwellbeing


The University has made significant financial investment in the Psychology Division over recent years upgrading accommodation, facilities and equipment used exclusively for the provision of our psychology courses and for research. We have a first class undergraduate teaching laboratory suite and a second teaching laboratory specifically catering for postgraduate students.

In addition there are specialist suites dedicated to particular areas of interest in psychology, including:

social interaction, group work and interviewing
computer gaming and cyberpsychology
cognitive modelling and visual analysis

Alongside these are new flexible cubicles for student project work, a psychometric test bank library, and a technical workshop.

Delivery and assessment

The course is delivered primarily through interactive workshops and discussions, small group teaching and one-on-one supervision, although there may also be some lectures.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis through:

reflective essays
laboratory reports
literature reviews
oral presentations
And your research project / dissertation work and your specialist essay work which is written up as academic articles suitable for publication in real journals

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.

Career opportunities

Students generally choose the MSc Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health because they wish to pursue a career working in a mental health setting or because they already work in such a setting and hope to improve their prospects of promotion and career progression. You may choose to pursue an academic and / or research career in psychology following graduation (by working as a research assistant or associate, for example, or by studying for a PhD). Psychology graduates with BPS GBC status may also be interested in this course if they are considering doctoral study towards a career as a clinical or counselling psychologist.


The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. For more information please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Want to find out more? Come along to one of our postgraduate Open Evenings. For further details please visit: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3events

Visit the MSc Psychological Well-being and Mental Health page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ryan Lumber

"Before studying my masters at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) I completed a BSc undergraduate degree at Derby University. I was aware that NTU was a good university with a teaching focus and a well-established Psychology department, with a range of expertise. This made it the ideal place to develop my research skills and knowledge base.

"The enthusiasm of the staff at NTU was second to none which made me want to study on the course. The course also has a good mix of researchers and practitioners, with two clinical psychologists taking lectures and workshops, that taught first-hand what working with people with mental health issues really involves.

"NTU's city centre site was also a big selling point as I commuted into the University, so being able to hop off the bus and get to my lectures was a big bonus. It also helped that the library was only across the road and that the city centre was only a short walk away, which made the student experience much more enjoyable.

"The NOW system run by NTU provides key materials and updates for workshop and lecture sessions. It also allows access to the online library which was crucial during assignments. It was great to have a really convenient system that facilitated all my research, communication and assignment needs in one place.

"My greatest achievement during my time at NTU was graduating with a distinction. Since graduating from NTU I have continued my academic studies and I am now completing my PhD at the University of Derby, where I have successfully obtained a full PhD studentship. I believe that the MSc Psychological Well-Being and Mental Health at NTU helped me to successfully attain my full PhD studentship, as the skills I learnt while studying at NTU, gave me the edge over others.

"When considering my future career the help that the staff at NTU provided was second to none. My supervisor guided me when I was deciding my next steps and was always there to answer questions and talk things over."


Masters Scholarship - 8 Awards

For full details of the Scholarship Scheme please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to half the tuition fee


The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive Scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses.

Application Procedure

For further information and to apply please download the application form from our website at http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) in Psychology or an allied discipline such as social science, nursing, law, health related practice or another recognised equivalent qualification. Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences (for example working as a Nurse or Counsellor), their professional qualifications (such as RMN, RN) and / or knowledge would enable them to study this course at master's level in their Personal Statement. English language requirements for international students can be found at View Website

Last Updated

13 October 2016

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