Taught course

Mental Health: Psychological Therapies

Queen Mary, University of London · William Harvey Research Institute

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 in a UK Bachelor's degree or overseas equivalent in subjects such as Psychology, Medicine or a cognate subject. Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess adequate Professional Qualification and have at least one year's experience working in a relevant field may be considered on a case by case basis.

We wish to include people from diverse backgrounds and career pathways especially people working in the independent and voluntary sector and NHS.

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 mental health isues 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.

This MSc does not lead to clinical accreditation. It is an academic course providing in depth understanding of mental health concepts, classification, epidemiology , aetiology and treatments. There is the opportunity to examine critically different approaches to understanding mental disorder. Also to acquire a knowledge base of how to assess patients with mental disorder and understand the evidence base of different treatments for different types of disorder. Following this MSc many students pursue a clinical training 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:

  • Learn about assessing mental health problems and understanding their origins and how to help recovery
  • Learn about which psychological therapies are effective and for whom, and actively participate in some supervised clinical work
  • 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