Taught course

Mental Health: Psychological Therapies D/L option

Queen Mary, University of London · William Harvey Research Institute

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a basic degree in a related subject and/or a professional qualification and have worked in the relevant subject area for at least one year. 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

Programme description
(Distance learning option available)

Students on this programme aim to:

Develop more advanced understanding of the basis of assessment, diagnosis, formulation and care management of psychological disorders in general and then in diverse racial, ethnic and cultural groups drawing on cultural psychiatry, social sciences and allied disciplines.
Have access to an academic programme that prepares competent practitioners to deliver effective mental health treatments for people with psychological problems.
Develop knowledge of research methods and systematic and critical review.
Develop and have access to a network of mental health professionals and established academics.
Students on the Transcultural Mental Health programme will learn how to improve their assessment of mental health problems. The specific strength of the MSc is that students will develop am knowledge base derived from social anthropological, medical, sociological, epidemiological and pharmacological understanding of the presentation, expression and management of mental disorders and psychological distress amongst Black and Ethnic minorities.

Programme outline
The MSc programme consists of three 12-week modules.

Module 1 - (Advanced Mental Health Assessment) is compulsory and completion of this alone is accredited for exit with a certificate in mental health assessment. This is a compulsory module for all students.
Module 2 - We offer the option of two pathways. Psychological Therapies or Transcultural Mental Healthcare. Completion of this module and module one permits exit with a diploma in either Psychological Therapies or Transcultural Mental Healthcare.
Module 3 - is compulsory to all students and includes research methods and evidence based practice. Students aiming for the MSc award are required to undertake a dissertation on an original topic that includes original research or an original and comprehensive literature review using systematic methods wherever possible. Completion of modules 1, 2 and 3 is accredited for exit with an MSc in either Psychological Therapies or Transcultural Mental Healthcare.
Each module has 12 core teaching and learning days. These are complemented by a half-day work placement (Transcultural Mental Healthcare students) for Module 2 or half a day a week supervised treatment of two short cases of 12 to 20 sessions (for students following the Psychological therapy pathway) to develop better practices in real clinical settings. Students prepare a report on this as part of the programme assessment for Modules 1 and 2. There are also PBL sessions (one a week), and time is required to read two key references each week and provide a precis each week.


Full-time: all three modules are completed in one year.
Part-time: we advise students that it is best to complete the first two modules in the first year and the third (research module) in year two. However, we permit flexibility if individual circumstances require this.
Postgraduate Diploma

Full-time: both modules are completed in year 1.
Part-time: One module is completed in each year.
Postgraduate Certificate

Full-time: completion in one term
Part-time: N/A

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Nasir Warfa
+44 (0)20 7882 2035