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The Department of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University boasts research expertise of international repute. Choosing to study with us will not only provide you with an intellectually stimulating degree, but also by providing you with access to the latest research expertise and specialist equipment, we will develop your thirst for knowledge and inspire you to question, research and analyse your theories.

We are committed to ensuring that our graduates are employable professionals. It is increasingly important that your postgraduate degree programme develops the skills that employers are after and, alongside the acquisition of academic knowledge, our students will develop and apply skills in:

  • Assessment
  • Verbal communication
  • Professional report writing
  • Evaluation
  • Analytical thinking

A programme of study for practitioners promoting psychological wellbeing

This innovative Masters programme aims to bring together psychological theory with evidence-based practice and practitioner wellbeing for existing and aspiring practitioners. The Masters will expand clinical skills and knowledge across a range of specialist areas related to promoting psychological wellbeing.

This course would be of particular interest to:

  • People wishing to pursue professional doctorates in clinical psychology, counselling psychology, health psychology, and/or psychological research
  • Medical practitioners
  • Occupational therapists and other allied health professionals in mental health services
  • Mental health nurses
  • Social workers
  • Experienced practitioners wishing to take leadership roles within their organisation

Features and benefits of the course

This programme is based upon three fundamental values to prepare its students for their future career steps:

-Excellence in theoretical knowledge, practical skills and theory-practice links

-Practitioner wellbeing

-Interprofessional learning and knowledge exchange

The course teaching team consists of practitioner psychologists (clinical and counseling), as well as experimental and research orientated psychologists. Our students benefit from a range of guest speakers from interprofessional backgrounds and the formative feedback offered by experts-by-experience for certain assessments.

Due to the combination of the values of this programme and the interprofessional perspective to learning, students can expect to develop a range of skills that are highly relevant to a variety of healthcare or doctoral study options. Throughout the course, students can expect to:

-Develop self-awareness and reflective practice

-Enhance knowledge and skills relevant to evidence-based therapeutic techniques in clinical practice

-Develop critical awareness of issues relating to the promotion of psychological wellbeing

-Understanding of the theoretical frameworks underlying key therapeutic approaches

-Personal and professional development through experiential learning groups based on practitioner experiences

-Connecting research and practice through a service evaluation based dissertation with one of our partners

Placement options

This programme is for current and aspiring practitioners who wish to develop their knowledge and skills. In order to prioritise realistic experiences of mental health services and meaningful career progression opportunities, we do not include a placement option. Authentic theory-practice links are a key feature of this programme and our flexible approach to learning and part-time study aims to support those who wish to develop their academic and practitioner knowledge and skills in parallel. Therefore, we encourage all students of the course to either maintain or find employment or voluntary work within a relevant health and social care setting. We are also able to suggest a number of suitable services for voluntary work through our community links.

About the Course

The course will equip students with contemporary and creative knowledge of relevant theoretical and practical issues in a range of settings, where promoting psychological wellbeing is essential. Theory-practice links will be appropriate to current and aspiring practitioners in a range of settings including heath, social care and education. We aim to encouraging a dynamic perspective on person-centred care and the critical appraisal of service provisions.

The core units of the course are:

-Core Therapeutic Skills

-Brief Intervention Models

-Professional Practice Values

-Clinical Skills

-Psychological Wellbeing in Practice

-Research Principles & Methods

-Service Evaluation and Development Research Dissertation

The central ethos of the programme is that of person-centred care in promoting psychological wellbeing, shaping professional practice values. In order to graduate with the MSc qualification, students must gain 180 credits over seven core units. With the course is an embedded Postgraduate Certificate in Skills in Psychological Therapies (60 credits) and Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies (120 credits).

Learning takes the form of:

-Lectures, seminars and workshops

-Problem-based learning exercises

-Skills practice and consolidation

-Experiential learning groups based in a chosen therapeutic modality

-Self-paced online training

-Peer learning through student presentations

-Supervised and supported research activity

You will be allocated a personal academic supervisor who will support your academic and professional development as well as ensure your time on the course is productive and beneficial for your specific needs.

The majority of the course staff for this programme are academics and practitioners, which means students benefit from the latest information from both fields. Additionally, students become a part of our professional knowledge exchange community. Importantly, a number of experts by experience support course staff and students in several of the course activities, such as providing feedback on presentations and practice discussions, which further enhances the insight and perspective students can develop through the course.

Assessment details

Assessments take multiple forms to offer students the best possible chance for success. Our assessments include critical essays, presentations, case reports, reflective accounts and two exams.


Visit the Psychological Wellbeing in Clinical Practice - MSc page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

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