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MSc Psychosocial Interventions

Course Description

Do you want to help people who are vulnerable to stigma and isolated from society? Our MSc in Psychosocial Interventions covers psychological and social approaches used to manage mental health and improve the way people integrate in society. You'll learn skills and knowledge that will help you make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Visit the website: http://bucks.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/health-and-social-sciences/pt/psychosocial-interventions-pt-1718

Is this course for me?

We live in a society where mental health is stigmatised. A negative social environment can often make an individual's condition worse and recovery longer. Psychosocial Interventions don't just look at an individual's psychological state but also their social environment. Therefore as well as treating the illness, psychosocial interventions focus on making sure the individual has a supportive environment.

Typically this course is of interest to students who have a degree in the social sciences, nursing or mental health. A background in psychology gives you a useful insight to mental health and research methods but it is not essential.

This course also attracts practitioners in health, mental health and forensic settings who already work with people who benefit from psychosocial interventions.

What will this course cover?

Psychosocial interventions relate to an individual's psychological development and how it affects them within a social environment. The course covers a range of psychological and social approaches. Psychological approaches can be broadly classified into behavioural, cognitive, humanistic and motivational. On the other hand, social approaches emphasise working with families or wider social networks.

The course begins by focusing on broad themes such as motivation, recovery, hope, resilience, and problem solving. You will then cover specific interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy, family intervention skills and positive psychology. You will also cover forensic health skills, applied research skills and data analysis. In year two you will complete a dissertation in your area of interest.

You will learn about various clinical approaches and learn how to develop creative solutions when dealing with complex issues. By the end of the course you will understand the main concepts, theories and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions.

You'll be able to identify physical and mental health problems, recognise the basic tools needed and how to apply them to the problem.

Attendance and Personal Study

You will be expected to attend 20 days per year at the University and allocate time each week for self-directed study.


Year One
• Foundations of PSI: Underlying principles, concepts and values
• Forensic Health Skills
• Family Intervention Skills

Year Two
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Skills & Interventions
• Positive Psychology in Practice
• Applied Research Skills
• Data Analysis and Interpretation
• Postgraduate Dissertation


Our MSc in Psychosocial Interventions teaches you how to make a lasting impact on the lives of people affected by mental and physical illness. We will prepare you to help individuals overcome their challenges.

By the time you finish the course you'll have the ability to put theory into practice. You'll be prepared to deal with complex issues and be able to make effective judgments in a professional setting.

With the ability to critically reflect and problem solve when faced with clinical issues, you'll be ready to apply the theory of psychosocial interventions to the challenges you face from day to day.

How to apply

Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/


There are a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students which include sponsorship, bursaries, scholarships and loans: http://bucks.ac.uk/fees_funding/postgraduate-masters-scholarships/

Visit the MSc Psychosocial Interventions page on the Buckinghamshire New University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants would normally have achieved 2.1 in a social science degree. Alternatively, candidates may have professional qualifications and/or directly relevant work experience. A first degree in psychology is not a pre-requisite.For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

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