The MSc in the Psychology of Mental Health aims to give students a broad understanding of current issues in mental health care in the UK. This course also offers students an excellent theoretical and practical grounding in psychological research methods.
Why study Psychology of Mental Health at Dundee?
The MSc in the Psychology of Mental Health draws upon the recognised expertise of numerous research-active and clinical staff, and will address a broad range of material, including the scientific study of mental health problems, addiction and eating disorders. In addition to being of interest to those wishing to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology the course will also provide suitable training for those who wish to study for a PhD and would be suitable for professionals working with children or adults with a range of psychological disorders. In addition, this course will provide overseas students with a basic training for job opportunities in their home countries.
As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to complete a research dissertation. This will be jointly supervised by staff from the School of Psychology and a practicing Clinical Psychologist from NHS Tayside.
Please note, completion of this course does not entitle graduates to practice as Applied Psychologists.
Aims of the Programme
This course will enable you to: Pursue and develop the advanced study of research methods in Psychology and in particular to address contemporary issues of epistemology, data collection, measurement and data analysis. Approach problems in research by critical evaluation of existing psychological paradigms and research literature and to apply this to current theoretical or applied issues in Psychology. Develop advanced research skills which will be relevant to policy and practice in the workplace. Develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in research design, methodology and statistical analysis. Develop and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of current research in a specialised field of mental health engage in the analysis, synthesis, planning, execution and evaluation of research at an advanced level. Make an original contribution to scientific knowledge, methodology or practice in a research project either grounded in experimental psychology or in an applied area relevant to the learner's employment. Develop and practice dissemination and presentation skills to peers and to wider academic and professional audiences. Provide an advanced understanding of scientific issues in the chosen topic specialisation.
Who should study this course?
Psychology graduates wishing to enhance their knowledge of Psychology of Mental Health Graduates considering a professional training in a developmental field, such as Educational or Clinical Psychology Psychology graduates intending to progress to a PhD in Clinical Psychology
We have a close postgraduate community with a diverse combination of nationalities. The School runs a Postgraduate seminar and a departmental seminar twice weekly throughout teaching semesters, with invited speakers to the seminars. These seminars are a great way to broaden your awareness of contemporary issues within the field of Psychology, to present your own work, and to network with other postgraduate students.
The School of Psychology also has its own Facebook group, where you can find out more about their activities.
How you will be taught
A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, tutorial sessions, seminars, presentations, invited speakers and discussion groups, lectures, practical classes and demonstrations. Joint dissertation supervision by clinical and academic members of staff is designed to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and provide continuity in the learning experiences.
Learning methods will include oral and written presentations, peer assessments of oral presentations, problem-solving assignments and feedback. Some of the exercises will be group-based. Learners will be expected to be able to respond adequately to questions. What you will study
Research Foundations Qualitative Research Methods Advanced Quantitative Methods Foundations of Adult Mental Health Current Issues in Psychological Health Care Research Dissertation One Advanced Module, typically from:
Developmental Psychopathology Altered States of Consciousness Social, Emotional and Moral Development Evolution and Behaviour Health in Groups Find out more about the modules offered from the course webpage.
How you will be assessed
The course is assessed by coursework only.
Each module is worth 20 credits apart from the Research Dissertation Module which is worth 60 credits. The total number of credits awarded is 180 for an MSc course.
The course will provide a first year of research training for students intending to continue with postgraduate research or further professional training within mental health or Clinical Psychology.
We expect that this course will significantly improve the chances of students gaining a place on Clinical Psychology Courses as well as providing overseas students with a basic training for job opportunities in their home countries.
Overseas Academic Scholarships
The School of Psychology offers three Overseas Academic Scholarships of £3,000 each to overseas (international) taught postgraduate students. These awards are competitive based on academic merit and a personal statement which details and supports the applicant's interest in their chosen taught postgraduate programme. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is 30th June 2014.
A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants to the School of Psychology who pay the full amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline. Please visit our 5% discount webpage for full details.
Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.
5% discount on advance payment of tuition fees
A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants who pay the full amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.
Value of Scholarship(s)
5% discount on tuition fees
For international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.
You must pay the tuition fees due in advance, the full amount must be in the University of Dundee's bank account by the relevant date:Courses starting in September - full payment by 1st July. Courses starting in January - full payment by 15th Novmber.
School of Psychology Alumni Scholarship
£600 Scholarship towards tuition fees for students who have graduated from the School of Psychology, based on academic merit.
Value of Scholarship(s)
You must be a graduate from the School of Psychology, and have received an offer for a Taught Masters Course in the School of Psychology
Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email. You must complete the form and return to Admissions and Student Recruitment, as per the instructions provided. You will be notified whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.
School of Psychology Overseas Scholarship
£3,000 Scholarship towards tuition fees for international applicants to the School of Psychology, based on academic merit.
Value of Scholarship(s)
You must be an overseas fee payer and have received an offer for a Taught Masters course in the School of Psychology
Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form and return to Admissions and Student Recruitment, as per the instructions provided.You will be notified whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.
You should hold, or expect to hold a first or second class (normally upper second class) honours degree in Psychology, conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society. All applicants will be assessed and approved by the Course Director and the MSc Board of Studies.English Language Requirement: IELTS of 7.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.
Recipient: University of Dundee
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