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MSc Psychological Therapies and Mental Health

With the growing emphasis on psychologically informed care, our Master’s degree in Psychological Therapies and Mental Health is perfectly placed to equip you with the ability to challenge stigma, promote service user choice and develop a compassionate understanding of those experiencing mental health difficulties. 

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Introducing your degree

You will complete the course with a robust knowledge of contemporary and historical psychological therapies and techniques, and you’ll be taught within a research-led culture by advanced clinical practitioners. Theory and practice are used to examine current and global mental health scenarios, the challenges posed for the individual, their families and wider community.

Overview

The MSc Psychological Therapies and Mental Health can be studied full-time (one year) or part-time (two to five years). It has been designed for those who have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner status. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, case study work, assessment and formulation work, intervention strategies and reflective discussion. These approaches are designed not only to integrate theory and practice but also to foster a spirit of enquiry, promote collaborative learning and meet a range of learner needs and styles.

To Apply

You can apply to this course online using our online application form.

In addition to applying for the degree, if you study part time you will also need to register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once the dates are published.  You are eligible to study one or two modules 'stand alone' if you wish before applying for the programme.

Accreditation

British Psychological Society for PWP students

Programme Structure

The modular design of this programme enables you to complete the full masters within one year of full time study (up to two years may be allowed for programme completion if required), or two to five years of part-time study. The design of the programme permits you to register for individual 10, 20 or 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer Scheme) modules of study at HEI (Higher Education Institution) Level 7 (Masters level). Up to 20 ECTS may be studied 'stand-alone' prior to programme enrolment.

For entry into the award of Master of Science in Psychological Therapies and Mental Health you must have successfully completed the:

PG Cert in Low Intensity CBT with PWP status. This includes the following modules:

  • Engagement and assessment of patients with common mental health problems using low intensity CBT (HLTH6168 - 10 ECTS)
  • Evidence based low intensity CBT treatment for common mental health disorders (HLTH6167 - 10 ECTS)
  • Values, diversity and context (HLTH6080 - 10 ECTS)

Key Facts

  • This programme has been designed for those who completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner status
  • Students have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the theoretical perspectives, concepts and skills relevant to psychological therapy and psychological care for different client groups
  • Students will develop recognition of the psychosocial causes of mental health difficulties and the holistic approach to client focussed care
  • You will enhance your understanding of stigma, the sociology of suffering and collaborative mental health care and reflect on your personal beliefs about the causes of mental health difficulties and on the emotional aspects of psychological work

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Qualifications

You must have achieved a passing grade in the PG Cert in Low Intensity CBT with PWP status.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_policy, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable.

 

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

For entry into the award of Master of Science in Psychological Therapies and Mental Health you must have successfully completed the PG Cert in Low Intensity CBT with PWP status. This includes the following modules:

  • Engagement and assessment of patients with common mental health problems using low intensity CBT (HLTH6168 - 10 ECTS)
  • Evidence based low intensity CBT treatment for common mental health disorders (HLTH6167 - 10 ECTS)
  • Values, diversity and context (HLTH6080 - 10 ECTS)

Year 1

Semester One
Compulsory

For the award of MSc Psychological Therapies and Mental Health, you must attain 90 ECTS credits. To do so, you must successfully complete the following compulsory modules in addition to the PG Cert in Low Intensity CBT with PWP status.

MSc Dissertation
Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
Interpersonal Therapy: Working with Trauma and Relational Difficulties

For the award of PG Dip Psychological Therapies and Mental Health, you must attain 60 ECTS credits. To do so you must successfully complete the following compulsory modules in addition to the PG Cert in Low Intensity CBT with PWP status.

Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
Interpersonal Therapy: Working with Trauma and Relational Difficulties
Optional

Plus one optional module from the following approved list for the award of MSc Psychological Therapies and Mental Health:

Perspectives of Mental Health Care and Treatment
Health promotion, motivational interviewing and health behaviour change
Supervisory Skills
Open Learning

Plus one optional module from the following approved list for the award of PG Dip Psychological Therapies and Mental Health:

Perspectives of Mental Health Care and Treatment
Health promotion, motivational interviewing and health behaviour change
Supervisory Skills
Open Learning

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

This MSc will complement careers in mental health, counselling and therapy, behaviour change, academic research, strategic work for campaigning groups (service user groups and advocacy work) and innovative work in the public, voluntary and private sector.  The programme will also complement other roles in secondary/acute care where a strong psychological perspective and knowledge is required.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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