The normal entrance requirement is an undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) with a minimum 2.2 classification (or equivalent). Since the programme is to be marketed to individuals who do not have a first degree in psychology but would like to change career path or simply develop greater psychological awareness in their current field, the content of the first degree is not relevant. A lower level qualification together with appropriate experience or, exceptionally, substantial related experience alone may be acceptable.
Months of entry
The aim of this MSc is to promote awareness of psychosocial aspects within any field of humanitarian work, whether in the UK or overseas. The programme aims to raise awareness of the different contexts that affect psychosocial well-being and access to appropriate services. The programme also aims to introduce students to different types of consultation, in recognition that most of the services provided through humanitarian agencies are delivered in response to crises or emergencies, are time limited and rely on the engagement of local populations. Consultation skills include those of engagement, development of trust, facilitation, enabling and the identification of a process by which information can be accessed, shared and evaluated.
The focus of psychosocial consultation for this programme is the collaboration with different groups to facilitate understanding of different psychosocial needs. Groups include beneficiaries; aid workers; volunteers; staff; managers; partner organisations and stakeholders, all of whom require safety, security and good psychosocial support in order to facilitate the successful completion and evaluation of projects in the UK and overseas.
The content of the programme is dictated by the overall aim which is to produce graduates capable of making successful, responsible and useful contributions in the humanitarian field or the third sector through greater awareness of the implications of different contexts and using psychosocial consultation. The skills and knowledge base developed through successful completion of the programme will also be beneficial to employers in the health and social care sectors.
The aims of the programme are to:
- produce graduates capable of making successful, responsible and useful contributions in the humanitarian field or the third sector through greater awareness of the implications of different contexts and the use of psychosocial consultation
- develop the awareness and knowledge base of students so that they may be more thoughtful of and curious about different contexts in their work in the UK and overseas, and of the impact upon them provide flexibility in learning patterns to meet the varying needs of students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
- provide flexibility in learning patterns to meet the varying needs of students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
To complete this programme and obtain the MSc students must pass the following six modules which are each worth 30 credits at level M:
GCM901: International Contexts
GCM902: Psychosocial Consultation
GCM903: Humanitarian Contexts
GCM904: Wellbeing and Resilience
GCM905: Research 1
GCM906: Research 2
Information for international students
English Language requirements: In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.
Fees and funding
2013 / 14 Fees: £1,470 per 30 credit module
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Applicant Enquiries
- +44 (0) 208 223 3333
- +44 (0) 208 223 2978