Taught course

Psychological Therapy in Primary Care

University of Dundee · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants must have the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society and an Honours degree in Psychology (2:1 or above) and should have appropriate personal qualities suited to employment in the NHS. Some experience of working in a caring or clinical setting is desirable but not essential. Recruitment is jointly undertaken by representative senior academic and NHS staff.

Months of entry


Course content

This 12 month professional training programme focuses on development of cognitive behavioural therapy competences and the professional skills required to apply evidence based methods in health care and assessment. On completion of the course, and following agreed and appropriate supervision and continuing professional development, graduates will be competent in the assessment and treatment of adult patients suffering from a range of common mental health disorders typically presenting in primary care settings.

This training course is jointly run by the Universities of Stirling and Dundee, in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland, and a number of NHS Psychological Services across Scotland. On completion of this Masters level course trainees will be equipped with the core skills for assessing and treating adult patients who are suffering from a range of common mental health disorders, typically presenting in Primary Care NHS settings. This highly demanding 12-month course will focus on Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy approaches and on applying evidence based psychological interventions to assessment and treatment of mental health problems.

Successful applicants to the course will be based in and employed concurrently by a local NHS Scotland Psychology Service where all clinical placements, involving supervised, direct work with patients, will be undertaken. Consideration will be given to the applicant’s preferred NHS locality as far as possible. Trainees' fees and travel expenses will be covered, and salaries paid at agreed national levels (A4C Band 6, first spine point, currently £26,830).

Applicants will have the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society and an Honours degree in Psychology (2:1 or above), or equivalent BPS recognised MSc conversion qualification. Those successful will have graduate level knowledge of psychological theories e.g. learning theory and research methodology and statistics as well as demonstrating an awareness of applied psychology and Primary Care within the NHS. Applicants will have excellent communication skills and bring a clear awareness of professional expectations.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Mrs Karen Langlands