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    24 October 2018

Course content

The MSc Psychology of Mental Health course is designed to provide advanced training in mental health, which supports the national initiative 5-year NHS plan. You'll gain a critical understanding of the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of research in this area.

This course will appeal to psychology graduates wanting to strengthen their position to undergo clinical psychology or counselling psychology training. Further, it aims to develop the skills of those currently working in social/health care practice to support career progression.

More about this course

This course will train those aiming to work in the mental health care services, social welfare, education and youth justice services, it also provides an opportunity for career change. Part of this will include motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural skills training aimed at developing students' practical and professional skills.


Autumn semester

  • Psychopathology – two 1,500 word assignments
  • Specialised Clinical Issues in Healthcare - one three-hour examination 
  • Research Methods – one qualitative and one quantitative assignment

Spring semester

  • Resilience and Mindfulness - two 1,500 word assignments
  • Law, Protection and Ethics - one exam and one 3,000 word assignment
  • Treatment Interventions (oral exams, two transcripts along with two case studies - two 1,500 case presentations with transcripts - students would be assessed in front of the group)
  • Research Dissertation – approximately 8,000 words along with a poster presentation at an in-house conference and press release

Assessment would include your submission of one 3,000 word clinical case report (1,500 words) for each certificate (theoretically-supported) and additionally, your submission of the transcripts. These case reports would be based on a one-on-one interview with a colleague on your course in front of the group for assessment and training related group supervision.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Law, Policy and Ethics (core, 20 credits)
  • Psychopathology (core, 20 credits)
  • Research Project (core, 60 credits)
  • Resilience and Mindfulness (core, 20 credits)
  • Specialised Clinical Issues in Healthcare (core, 20 credits)
  • Treatment Interventions (core, 20 credits)
  • Advanced Research Design and Analysis for Psychology (option, 20 credits)
  • Research Design and Analysis for Psychology (option, 20 credits)

What our students say

"There was a great deal of support, the course was interesting and it was useful to have some clinical skills on it- which has helped me in my own practice"

a graduate.

"The course has helped me get an interview for clinical psychology and I feel this has given me a solid foundation to work on"

a graduate.

After the course

Graduates have progressed on to working in different mental health care based organisations including mental health charities and NHS based services. Non mental health care settings have included schools and further higher education training.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

Visit the Psychology of Mental Health MSc page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!