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Mental Health and Clinical Psychology MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Overview

MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology is designed for those with interests or experience in the field of mental health and clinical psychology, and has a distinctive emphasis on the experiences of people who live with distress. 

You'll develop expertise in the psychology of mental health and the related area of clinical psychology. The course focuses on psychosocial approaches to the study and 'treatment' of mental distress, in both clinical and community settings. You'll explore the social and cultural context from which mental distress occurs, and the responses of those who have experienced distress first hand and develop an understanding of psychological approaches to prevention, treatment and community means of social support and guidance.

Unique course delivery

Experts by experience (sometimes referred to as service users)  are heavily involved in the delivery of the course and  design of the overall course structure. Jacqui Dillon (chair of the Hearing Voices Network) is a consultant on the design and implementation of this unique programme.

Clinical placements

All students complete a clinically relevant placement. LSBU has excellent links with various mental health organisations. Previous students have had placements as honorary assistant psychologists at NHS organisations including South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Previous placements outside the NHS have included a support worker at Cyrenians (a voluntary organisation supporting individuals with mental health difficulties, living in the community), and a recovery worker at Camden MIND. We can assist you in finding a suitable placement.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
13 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
26 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

    • Introduction to clinical and community psychology
      This course will cover a range of distressing experiences commonly encountered in mental health services, explored from a community and clinical psychology perspective.
    • Research methods in psychology
      You'll cover the necessary quantitative and qualitative methods required to complete a Masters dissertation.
    • Psychosocial interventions and treatments
      You'll be introduced to a number of interventions commonly adopted by mental health professionals, including cognitive behavioural, systemic, existential and counselling perspectives, in both clinical and community settings. Theoretical perspectives underpinning these approaches will be fully explored.
    • Experts by experience 
      Taught by individuals who have experienced mental distress, this module will cover experiential perspectives on mental distress, exploring what it's like to live with distress, and how individuals have understood, managed and recovered from their experiences.
    • Introduction to clinical skills
      You'll gain practical experiences of a range of counselling and psychotherapy techniques to enrich your practical knowledge.
    • Placement module
      You'll have the opportunity to work directly with individuals and groups with mental health difficulties.
    • Dissertation
      You'll carry out an independent project, supervised by an experienced member of staff.

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, examinations, presentations and a placement log.

Employability

We have placed employability at the heart of the psychology courses and the teaching and learning ensure you develop skills valuable to future employment. You'll benefit from an annual psychology specific careers day, clear signposting of skills development within modules, and career and skills development opportunities from the School and across the University.

You could go on to work in a number of areas including clinical psychology, psychotherapy, care coordination, social work, mental health nursing, and occupational therapy. The course could help with senior roles and responsibilities, management and supervision, or senior roles within charities or NGOs.

Please note that successful completion of the programme does not qualify you to practice as a clinical psychologist in the UK and will not allow you to register with the Health Professions Council as a 'practitioner psychologist', nor to use the protected title 'clinical psychologist'. If you wish to apply for UK Doctoral training you must still have a BPS accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology (a good upper second is often a minimum requirement). This Masters course does not substitute the BPS accreditation requirement.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

You'll undertake a compulsory placement on this course. For example, this year 10 new placements were sourced including opportunities to work at the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust, as an honorary assistant psychologist.

Though staff can assist you with finding a placement, it is your responsibility to ensure you are successfully enlisted on a placement by the end of the first semester.

Staff

James Binnie

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, BSc Psychological Counselling

James Binnie is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director of the BSc Psychological Counselling.


Dr Zoë Boden

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology

Zoë Boden is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director of the MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology.


Prof. Paula Reavey

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Psychology; Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Applied Sciences

Paula Ravey is Professor of Psychology and Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Applied Sciences.


Prof. Marcantonio Spada

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Psychology; Head of Psychology

Marcantonio Spada is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Division of Psychology.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

You'll benefit from small group teaching, as well as receive tutoring sessions to provide further advice and support for future employment. Learning will also be supported via e-learning sites. 


Psychology, Mental Health and Clinical DistressCourse leader Paula Reavey received the British Psychological Society 'Book of the Year 2014' award for 'Psychology, Mental Health and Distress', which she co-authored.

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree in Psychology or allied field such as neuroscience, social work, nursing, medicine or psycho-social studies.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
13 months
Start date
September
Application code
4431
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
26 months
Start date
September
Application code
4432
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £8300International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 4431Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £2766.67International fee: £4166.67
AOS/LSBU code: 4432Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8300
International £12500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,280 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, student's placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it's really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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