Structure

The online MSc in Mental Health Psychology programme has eight modules and culminates in a dissertation. The first module takes 12 weeks. Each subsequent module lasts eight weeks.

Core modules

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Mind, Brain and Behaviour (12 weeks)

Objectives:

To develop scientific knowledge on the way mind, brain, and experience, interact in a complex way to influence behaviour.

Description:

In this introductory module to the programme, you will explore the biological, psychological and social factors that influence health and behaviour, and evaluate the role of neuroscience in understanding consciousness. Focusing specifically on the biopsychosocial model of health, you will analyse contemporary cross-cultural health issues and policies, evaluate the role of cognition and motivation in changing behaviour, and analyse how individual factors contribute to mental and physical health-related behaviours and the manifestation of disease.

Social Psychology (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To investigate how people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours are influenced by the actual, imagined or implied presence of others.

Description:

Individual human behaviour is often influenced by the presence of other people, whether consciously or sub-consciously. This module looks at how social psychological theories can help explain individual and group behaviour in various settings. Working both independently and collaboratively, you will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of social psychological theories and research methods, and explore their cross-cultural implications. You will also evaluate contemporary problems and issues from the perspective of social psychology.

Data Analysis for Psychology (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To acquire core knowledge and skills for understanding and designing quantitative research and conducting statistical analyses.

Description:

Focusing on a quantitative approach to reasoning and analysis, this module is designed to develop your understanding of data analysis, classical quantitative research designs, and the principles of ethical research. You will learn to apply theoretical knowledge to psychology through research and the application of research into practice – skills that you will then use to plan and execute your dissertation.

Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To understand why people are psychologically different from one another and how those differences may be measured.

Description:

As individuals, we are all psychologically different, with unique personalities and character traits. In this module, you will develop a critical understanding of why people differ psychologically from one another and evaluate different ways of measuring these differences. You will learn to apply key criteria to the development of psychometric tests and to understand the principles and application of Factor Analysis. You will also look at theories of emotional intelligence and explain their influence on our performance in occupational, educational, health or clinical psychology.

Approaches to Mental Health Psychology (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To understand and critically evaluate theories of psychopathology, the challenges faced by those experiencing mental ill-health and the psychological interventions designed to reduce mental ill-health and increase wellbeing.

Description:

Adopting a cross-cultural perspective and a focus on ethics and professionalism, this module presents and critically discusses the different approaches to the concept of mental health and the treatment of mental health disorders. As a student, you will gain an overview of various approaches to the area including psychoanalysis, humanistic psychology, pharmacotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. You will evaluate theories of psychopathology, explore the problems faced by people with mental ill-health and assess different interventions for reducing mental ill-health and increase wellbeing.

Psychotherapeutic Interventions (8 weeks)

Objective:

To understand and critically evaluate theoretical and empirical aspects of the therapeutic relationship, in a variety of settings and with diverse populations.

Description:

This module presents and critically discusses the factors affecting the quality of psychotherapy, including those concerning the patient (eg, socioeconomic status, personality traits) , the therapist (eg, skills, attitude) and the process (eg., expectations, time lapse between diagnosis and therapy). As a student, you will identify and evaluate capabilities and qualities to support the patient’s sense of safety and trust in the therapy process and in the therapist, and will explore how professional and ethical guidelines impact on the psychotherapeut.

Psychological Appraisal and Treatment (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To acquire the knowledge and skills to assess and diagnose a variety of mental health conditions as well as to design and evaluate the corresponding intervention from a cross-cultural perspective and carefully maintaining professional and ethical standards.  

Description:

This module presents and critically discusses the foremost models and approaches to the assessment of mental health conditions, as well as the evidence-based techniques for diagnosis, case formulation and intervention. As a student, you will know the procedures for selecting, administering, scoring and communicating the results of psychological assessment tools. You will select, apply and evaluate the most appropriate intervention procedures, and will autonomously adapt your own performance in diagnosis and case formulation to diverse  contexts of mental ill-health and across cultures.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Mental Health Treatment (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To construct knowledge and to practice the skills around the concept, background, techniques, applications and effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy across a variety of settings.    

Description:

This module introduces and critically discusses the fundaments and applications of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a form of psychological treatment based on the combination of cognitive and behavioural principles and techniques (eg, psychoeducation, exposure, cognitive restructuring, and anxiety management). As a student, you will design a CBT intervention in a psychotherapeutic setting, selecting and applying the most suitable from a range of advanced techniques and evaluating their effectiveness. You will also adapt CBT principles and techniques to the different stages of the life cycle as well as across cultures.

Dissertation

Students refine their dissertation topic in conjunction with their personal Dissertation Advisor, an academic supervisor who will provide support throughout the study and writing process.

Note on licensure

The MSc in Mental Health Psychology is not a licensure programme and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional. Psychology principles can be applied in the workplace in a multitude of settings. Since requirements for employment vary from country to country, please check with your local authorities if licensure is a requirement to practise your career of choice.


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