MSc in Mental Health Psychology

Key information

Next start date: 9 November 2017
Duration: Approx. 20 months' study + nine month dissertation
Delivery: 100% online
Structure: Eight core modules - providing a detailed understanding of psychological issues in relation to mental health and wellbeing in modern societies
Professional Development: Unlimited career support from the Global Career Advisor Network
Reputation: The University of Liverpool’s School of Psychology has a long history that goes back to Nobel laureate Sir Charles Sherrington


Deepen your understanding of human behaviour and motivation with a cross-cultural, international approach to the theory and practice of psychology

With more than 450 million people around the world suffering from mental health disorders, there is a growing need for qualified professionals to help individuals – and communities – address mental health issues. The University of Liverpool’s online MSc in Mental Health Psychology aims to equip graduates with the specialist skills to respond to this demand.

On this 100% online, internationally-orientated masters, you will gain a thorough insight into mental health issues, approaches, counselling and prevention techniques. Building on previous experience, you will develop in-depth skills and knowledge in mental health. The programme provides a solid foundation on which to enhance your existing career prospects or to begin a new role in a variety of sectors, from counselling and health, to education and training.

Why choose the University of Liverpool Online MSc in Mental Health Psychology?

  • Earn an MSc in Mental Health Psychology from a globally respected university
  • Develop a core understanding of psychological issues in relation to mental health and wellbeing in societies worldwide
  • Acquire both qualitative and quantitative research skills and learn to apply them in a range of contexts
  • Understand the techniques for researching, assessing and treating mental health problems in professional, personal and social environments around the world.

Master in Mental Health Psychology highlights

  • Access a respected university and a challenging programme from wherever you are – even if you don’t have an undergraduate degree in psychology
  • Study 100% online without interrupting your career
  • Advance professionally or prepare for a counselling career or doctoral research (PhD, PsyD)
  • Learn in an engaging online environment that will help keep you motivated and on track to succeed
  • Connect with psychology professionals from other disciplines, building your international network

A reputation for excellence

The University of Liverpool is in the top 1% of universities worldwide and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-led UK universities which includes Oxford and Cambridge.

The University ranks in the UK’s top 5 for research impact, with 80% of the University’s research in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience rating as world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

The University’s long history in Psychology goes back to Nobel Laureate Sir Charles Sherrington – often considered to be the founder of modern neurophysiology – who was Professor of Physiology from 1895 to 1913.

The University of Liverpool Online Programmes does not offer programmes that lead to professional licensure. Some career options may require additional experience, training or other factors beyond successful completion of the above-mentioned online degree programmes.

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Meet our students and graduates

See what they have to say about our online pyschology programmes:

Gary Watson

MSc in Psychology

"The course structure is brilliant. The material is challenging. It fits into a busy lifestyle. It is a good quality product."
Jeannette Delgado

MSc in Psychology

"It is a challenge, but ultimately it is a very interesting and rewarding way of gaining an MSc in Psychology."
Josie Rowe Setz

MSc in Psychology

"The quality of the degree is superb, the online experience is thoroughly professional and the quality of technology makes it easy to use, while the flexibility is frankly unparalleled."
Sarah Cusworth

MSc in Psychology

"It is a fantastic, interactive learning environment which allows a flexibility to study not offered by many other institutions."
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