MSc / PgCert Mental Health and Clinical PsychologySouthwark Campus
Mode: Full-time; Part-time
Help those in distress
Our MSc and PgCert courses have a distinctive emphasis on the experiences of people who live with distress. You'll focus on the treatment of mental distress in both clinical and community settings, as well as developing an understanding of prevention and community means of social support and guidance.
Why Psychology at LSBU?
- All students on the MSc programme can undertake a clinically relevant placement in the community or within the NHS.
- Dedicated facilities – our lab complex includes an eye-tracking facility and observation room.
- Experts by experience (sometimes referred to as service users) are heavily involved in the delivery and design of the course.
- Jacqui Dillon (chair of the Hearing Voices Network) is a consultant on the implementation of this unique programme.
All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, examinations, presentations and a placement log.
MSc students complete all modules. PgCert students complete Exploring Mental Health and Distress; Introduction to Clinical Skills; and Psychosocial Interventions.
- Exploring mental health and distress in the clinic and community
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 for mental health
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.
You'll carry out an independent project, supervised by an experienced member of staff.
We have placed employability at the heart of the psychology courses. You'll benefit from an annual psychology specific careers day, clear signposting of skills development within modules and career 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 also help you gain senior roles and responsibilities 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.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
All students on the MSc programme have the option to complete a clinically relevant placement in the community or within the NHS. LSBU has excellent links with various mental health organisations.
Previous students have had placements as support workers, recovery workers, and honorary assistant psychologists at organisations including South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Cyrenians (supported housing), Camden MIND (recovery and support) and Phoenix Futures (recovery from substance use). We can assist you in finding a suitable placement.
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.
- Course leader Paula Reavey received the British Psychological Society 'Book of the Year 2014' award for 'Psychology, Mental Health and Distress', which she co-authored.
As an Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named academic tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your academic tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your academic tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your academic tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your academic tutor a minimum of once per semester for 30 minutes throughout your course. This is often supplemented with additional meetings arranged via email as and when students need support. In addition to this Learning Support hours for all teaching staff will be advertised and available for you to book additional time for support related to a specific teaching session.
Prof. Paula Reavey
Professor of Psychology and Mental Health; Course Director MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology
2:1 undergraduate degree in Psychology or an allied field such as neuroscience, social work, nursing, medicine or psycho-social studies.
2:2 undergraduate degree in Psychology or an allied field such as neuroscience, social work, nursing, medicine or psycho-social studies.
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Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
|UK/EU fee: £9590.00||International fee: £14470.00|
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Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT
|UK/EU fee: £2131.11||International fee: £3215.55|
|AOS/LSBU code: 4432||Session code: 1PS00|
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Rosie Bunting, MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology
Rosie is studying MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology. She's currently completing her placement in the NHS, working with those with learning disabilities.
Sarah Bogle, MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology
Sarah Bogle is currently studying MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology. Read about her placement and experience on the course so far.