Taught course

Psychological Therapy in Primary Care

University of Stirling · Faculty of Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an Honours degree in Psychology (at upper second class or above) conferring the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society. Applicants for this programme should be aware that they are also applying for employment with the NHS and therefore must be eligible for, and have appropriate personal qualities suited to employment in the NHS. Recruitment will be jointly undertaken by representative senior academic and NHS staff.

Months of entry


Course content

This Master’s course, delivered jointly by the Universities of Stirling and Dundee, was designed by National Health Service (NHS) professionals and clinical academics to train people to deliver evidence-based psychological therapies to adults in Primary Care.

Mental Health Services across the UK are facing a growing demand for therapeutic services for common mental health disorders. The NHS commitment to delivering evidence-based treatments means that the theoretical focus of this training is cognitive behavioural therapy. Students of this MSc will study a curriculum jointly devised by NHS clinicians and clinical academics at the University of Dundee Medical School and the University of Stirling Division of Psychology, whilst undergoing training and clinical supervision within the NHS. The course will develop your knowledge of the prevalence, diagnostic criteria, presentation and current psychological theories of common mental health disorders. Although cognitive-behavioural models will be the core framework, other theoretical models will be introduced.

Course Objectives

This National Health Service Education for Scotland (NES) funded MSc is designed to extend the knowledge of the theoretical foundations of human behaviour and psychological disorders, and to develop the necessary competences to deliver evidence-based psychological therapies to treat common mental health disorders in adults in a primary care setting.

Fees and funding

Upon entry to the programme students become salaried employees of the NHS.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Dissertation (10000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Will Goodall
+44 (0) 1786 466839