Taught course

Mental Health: Psychological Therapies

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

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:
  • 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 an original research project.

Information for international students

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees for Home and EU students
2017 entry
Full time £6,750

Tuition fees for International students
2017 entry
Full time £14,650
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Wolfson Institute
+44 (0)20 7882 5511