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Mental Health and Clinical Psychology (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology is designed for those with interests or experience in the field of mental health and clinical psychology, and has a distinctive emphasis on the experiences of people who live with distress.

You'll develop expertise in the psychology of mental health and the related area of clinical psychology. The course focuses on psychosocial approaches to the study and 'treatment' of mental distress, in both clinical and community settings. You'll explore the social and cultural context from which mental distress occurs, and the responses of those who have experienced distress first hand and develop an understanding of psychological approaches to prevention, treatment and community means of social support and guidance.

Unique course delivery

Experts by experience (sometimes referred to as service users) are heavily involved in the delivery of the course and design of the overall course structure. Jacqui Dillon (chair of the Hearing Voices Network) is a consultant on the design and implementation of this unique programme.

Clinical placements

All students complete a clinically relevant placement. LSBU has excellent links with various mental health organisations. Previous students have had placements as honorary assistant psychologists at NHS organisations including South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

Previous placements outside the NHS have included a support worker at Cyrenians (a voluntary organisation supporting individuals with mental health difficulties, living in the community), and a recovery worker at Camden MIND. We can assist you in finding a suitable placement.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/mental-health-clinical-psychology-msc


- Introduction to clinical and community psychology
This course will cover a range of distressing experiences commonly encountered in mental health services, explored from a community and clinical psychology perspective.

- Research methods in psychology
You'll cover the necessary quantitative and qualitative methods required to complete a Masters dissertation.

- Psychosocial interventions and treatments
You'll be introduced to a number of interventions commonly adopted by mental health professionals, including cognitive behavioural, systemic, existential and counselling perspectives, in both clinical and community settings. Theoretical perspectives underpinning these approaches will be fully explored.

- Experts by experience
Taught by individuals who have experienced mental distress, this module will cover experiential perspectives on mental distress, exploring what it's like to live with distress, and how individuals have understood, managed and recovered from their experiences.

- Introduction to clinical skills
You'll gain practical experiences of a range of counselling and psychotherapy techniques to enrich your practical knowledge.

- Placement module
You'll have the opportunity to work directly with individuals and groups with mental health difficulties.

- Dissertation
You'll carry out an independent project, supervised by an experienced member of staff.

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, examinations, presentations and a placement log.


We have placed employability at the heart of the psychology courses and the teaching and learning ensure you develop skills valuable to future employment. You'll benefit from an annual psychology specific careers day, clear signposting of skills development within modules, and career and skills development opportunities from the School and across the University.

You could go on to work in a number of areas including clinical psychology, psychotherapy, care coordination, social work, mental health nursing, and occupational therapy. The course could help with senior roles and responsibilities, management and supervision, or senior roles within charities or NGOs.

Please note that successful completion of the programme does not qualify you to practice as a clinical psychologist in the UK and will not allow you to register with the Health Professions Council as a 'practitioner psychologist', nor to use the protected title 'clinical psychologist'. If you wish to apply for UK Doctoral training you must still have a BPS accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology (a good upper second is often a minimum requirement). This Masters course does not substitute the BPS accreditation requirement.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. LSBU has strong links with a number of NHS trusts, as well as voluntary mental health organisations, including Changing Lives and the UK Hearing Voices Network.


You'll undertake a compulsory placement on this course. For example, this year 10 new placements were sourced including opportunities to work at the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust, as an honorary assistant psychologist.

Though staff can assist you with finding a placement, it is your responsibility to ensure you are successfully enlisted on a placement by the end of the first semester.

Teaching and learning

You'll benefit from small group teaching, as well as receive tutoring sessions to provide further advice and support for future employment. Learning will also be supported via e-learning sites.

Course leader Paula Reavey received the British Psychological Society 'Book of the Year 2014' award for 'Psychology, Mental Health and Distress', which she co-authored.

Visit the Mental Health and Clinical Psychology (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in Psychology or allied field such as neuroscience, social work, nursing, medicine or psycho-social studies.

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