Mental Health: Psychological Therapies

MRes ( 1 year Full-time )


This course equips students with knowledge assessing mental health problems and understanding their origins and how to help recovery. Students learn about psychological therapies including individual cognitive behaviour therapies, cognitive analytic therapies, psychodynamic therapies, as well as group and family therapies. Students become skilled in communicating and presenting their ideas in written and oral form. Students become knowledgeable and experienced in assessing mental health and deciding which interventions may be helpful, and knowing more about which therapies might work for whom. In addition, during the experiential groups they have the opportunity to become more mindful and experienced in working with emotional, behavioural and psychological distress. Students learn about research methods in social sciences, and undertake an original research project.

This MRes is for students who are interested in understanding the impact of socio-cultural factors in mental health, mental illness and mental health care who are seeking to go on to further doctoral research training through the LISS DTP Programme.  It suits those who wish to pursue careers in research and clinical practice worldwide as well as those already working in this area.

There are three overall learning objectives for students:

  1. Learn about assessing mental health problems and understanding their origins and how to help recovery.
  2. Learn about which psychological therapies are effective and for whom, and actively participate in some supervised clinical work.
  3. Learn about research methods in the social sciences.


Why Us?


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results have shown that Queen Mary University of London has risen to 9th place among multi-faculty institutions in the UK.
The Centre for Psychiatry was ranked 5th in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 for research on public health, health services and primary care.

Key Academics


Taught Programmes Lead
Dr Mark Freestone

Senior Lecturer & DL tutor
Dr Heidrun Bien


Dr Justyna Kucharska
Dr Hannah Jones

Further Information on general course queries and applications

MRes Administrator
0207 882 2013

Academic PG Programmes Manager
0207 882 2038

Programme Information – Important points to note

Detailed programme information can also be found on:

For detailed information please see attached Postgraduate Academy, Mental Health programme brochure

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*All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.





The MRes programme consists of five modules. Students may only enrol for an MRes, and completion of all three modules is required for the MRes award.

In term 1, students take the 1st module: Mental Health: Theory and Practice, an introduction to major key concepts in mental healthcare (30 credits) and the first research training module, Introduction to Social Science Research 1, covering epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods (30 credits). In term 2, students take the 2nd applied module: Cultural Contexts of Mental Healthcare (30 credits), as well as the research module Introduction to Social Science Research 2, covering quantitative methods and data (30 credits). In term 3 students will receive tutorials with their supervisor towards the completion of their MRes dissertation (60 credits).

Teaching takes place on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.

Period of Study: one year full time.


Mental Health: Theory and Practice (30 credits)

The module will familiarize the students with basic concepts in mental health. The participants will learn about the modern definitions and classifications of mental disorders, as well as some methods of treatment. Several types of mental disorders, including personality disorders and psychosis, will be discussed in detail. The module will also cover epidemiology of mental disorders in diverse populations and ways of assessing and treating psychological problems in various populations.

This module will be run in the Term 1 and will be compulsory for all students taking the MRes Mental Health: Psychological Therapies and MRes Mental Health: Cultural and Global Perspectives in Mental Health.

Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Mental Disorder (30 credits)

This module will provide an overview of a range of theories of psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy, analytical therapies, group therapy and the systemic approach. Theoretical concepts and underpinning assumptions of each approach will be discussed. The participants will be encouraged to apply the theoretical frameworks to a variety of mental health and emotional problems and to use relevant concepts and terminology to discuss psychological problems. Historical foundation and contemporary research on major psychotherapeutic approaches will be discussed.

The students will also be able to attend experiential groups. The first step towards training in psychotherapy of any kind is the ability to observe, reflect, mentalise, and to deal with uncertainty and emotions. The psychological therapies pathway provides students with an experiential group to learn about their own mental life and emotional world and how to deal with uncertainty and worry, in a confidential and safe environment with expert group therapists.

Social Science Research Training (60 credits)

Introduction to Social Science Research 1: epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods (30 credits)

Introduction to Social Science Research 2: quantitative methods and data (30 credits)




Entry requirements

Entry requirement

All students wishing to register for the MRes Mental Health must already be accepted onto the ESRC Doctoral Training Programme based at QMUL. Please contact Angela Kamara, Doctoral Training Administrator, for further information.

Other students in interested in this course should apply through the MSc route.

UK Students

Applicants should have a first degree in a related subject and/or a professional qualification with appropriate experience. We wish to include people from diverse backgrounds and career pathways especially people working in the independent and voluntary sector and NHS.

International Students

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website here. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.



Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will be assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.



You will have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource. You will have access to a large collection of basic medical and dental texts in the main library at Mile End. The Library is open seven days a week. This resource is complemented by the two large medical and dental archives based at the Royal London and at Barts in older, architecturally distinguished buildings that are well worth a visit just to experience their atmosphere.

The diversity of our student body and our research profile reflects our location in one of the most culturally diverse areas of London.

For further information, you can also visit the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry website.


Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


You will be assessed through a range of methods, including examination and written coursework. By module, these include:

  • Module 1: Oral presentation and written examination.
  • Module 2: Research proposal
  • Module 3: Oral presentation and written examination.
  • Module 4: Two small research projects


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £8,950
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £16,850
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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