Taught course

Psychosocial Interventions

University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at postgraduates who are qualified health practitioners, with a minimum of two years post-training experience of working in a clinical area and who have access to, or will be working with people, and families of people, with long-term conditions. Applications are also welcomed from individuals who lack a degree qualification but who may possess alternative vocational or professional qualifications plus substantial professional experience in the field.

Months of entry


Course content

This part-time University of the West of Scotland postgraduate Masters degree programme in Psychosocial Interventions is innovative and flexible and the only one of its kind in the UK. The course at Ayr campus is aimed at health practitioners working with people with a long-term mental health or physical condition.

The UWS programme, from Postgraduate Certificate through Postgraduate Diploma to the MSC degree, aims to prepare you to develop specialised clinical skills in the effective engagement, accurate assessment and formulation of the needs of people who experience long-term conditions including their significant social network. You will develop the skills to critically understand the principle concepts, theories and efficacy of psychosocial interventions within your own organisation. During the modular programme, you will use a range of advanced clinical skills that will allow critical reflection and problem-solving to develop creative solutions when dealing with complex clinical issues.
Psychosocial interventions such as cognitive behaviour therapy, family interventions, early interventions and motivational interventions have come to prominence through their effectiveness with people who experience serious mental health problems. They are considered core interventions in the first line treatment of serious mental health problems. Emerging evidence also suggests that these interventions can be successfully utilised with other long-term conditions such as diabetes, cardiac disease and cancer. It is a multi-disciplinary and inter-professional programme.

Information for international students

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/fundingadvice

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
part time
36 months


distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months


distance learning
12 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Enquiries Team
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)