Taught course

Mental Health: Psychological Therapies

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry · Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants should have either: i) an undergraduate degree at 2:2 or higher in psychology, medicine or a cognate subject; or ii) a professional qualification and at least one year’s experience working in a relevant field.

Months of entry


Course content

The Psychological Therapies MSc is suitable for those working with people with mental health problems, or with organisations that provide care, commissioning or policies on mental health care. Most students are working with those affected by poor mental health and are graduates from psychology, medicine, social work, criminal justice or nursing. However, students come from various other fields such as administration, voluntary sector work, media, human resources and industry. Although not a clinically accredited course, most students pursue a clinical training following this MSc programme, though some will enter research careers, policy work, management, or senior clinical practice.

This course equips students with knowledge assessing mental health problems and understanding their origins and how to help recovery. Students learn about psychological therapies including individual cognitive behaviour therapies, cognitive analytic therapies, psychodynamic therapies, as well as group and family therapies. Students undertake some supervised practice during placements for which they apply during the course. Students become skilled in communicating and presenting their ideas in written and oral form. Students become knowledgeable and experienced in assessing poor mental health and deciding which interventions may be helpful, and knowing more about which therapies might work for whom. In addition, during the experiential groups and clinical placements they become more mindful and experienced in working with emotional, behavioural and psychological distress. Students learn about research and undertake an original research project.

There are three overall learning objectives for students:

  1. Learn about assessing mental health problems and understanding their origins and how to help recovery
  2. Learn about which psychological therapies are effective and for whom, and actively participate in some supervised clinical work
  3. Learn about research methods and deliver a research project.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Wolfson Institute
+44 (0)20 7882 5511