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Psychological Therapies

The Psychological Therapies MSc is suitable for those working with, or seeking to work with, people with mental health problems, or with organisations that provide care, commissioning or policies on mental health care. Most students are working with those affected by poor mental health and are graduates from psychology, medicine, social work, criminal justice or nursing. However, students come from various other fields such as administration, voluntary sector work, media, human resources and industry.  Although not a clinically accredited course, most students pursue a clinical training, such as IAPT, clinical or counselling psychology following this MSc programme, though some will enter research careers, policy work, management, or senior clinical practice.

This course equips students with knowledge of the assessment of mental health problems, understanding the origins of these problems, 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 other specialist interventions.

Students undertake some supervised practice during placements for which they apply during the course and become skilled in communicating and presenting their ideas in written and oral form. The learning process involves enhancing knowledge and experience in assessing poor mental health and deciding which interventions may be helpful and learning more about which therapies might work for whom. In addition, during the experiential groups and clinical placements they become more mindful and experienced in working with emotional, behavioural and psychological distress. The students will also learn about research methods and the research process, and undertake an original research project.

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 and deliver an original research project.
Programme information – Important points to note here [PDF 85KB]

Mental Health: Psychological Therapies is available to study to MSc, PGDip or PGCert level and consists of three modules.

Term modules

  • Term 1, students take the 1st module: Advanced Skills in Mental Health.
  • Term 2, students take the 2nd module: Psychological Therapies
  • Term 3 students take the 3rd module: Applied Research Methods.

M1 only completion is accredited for exit with a PGCert in Advanced Skills in Mental Health. Module 1 and 2 completion permits exit with a PGDip in mental health: Psychological Therapies. M1, M2 and M3 completion leads to the MSc award.

Each module consists of 12 weeks of teaching and assessment, with one core taught day each week, for which onsite students are required to be on campus. Distance learning students meet for half a day each week in online group tutorials, facilitated by their tutor.

Period of Study

FULL TIME: PGCert, PGDip and MSc options are available full-time and students complete all study components within one academic year.

PART TIME: Part-time MSc students participate in the first two modules in the same way as the full-time students but for part-time students, module three (the thesis) can be completed over the second year instead of finishing in the first year, allowing additional time and flexibility for conducting research that needs a longer time-frame and for flexibility to pursue other work or commitments.

PGCert and PGDip options are not available for applications to study part-time.

Flexible Study

We offer a variety of modes of study including full-time and part-time options, giving students many choices to suit their existing workloads and lifestyles. Part-time study is ideal for those with work or other commitments.

Further information about the course can be downloaded here [PDF 317KB] (pdf). The course prospectus can be found here [PDF 450KB] (pdf).


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

Course Director: Professor Kamaldeep Bhui

Senior Lecturer and MSc Co-ordinator : Dr Mark Freestone

Senior Lecturer and Module Lead : Dr Heidrun Bien

Further Information on general course queries and applications

 MSc Administrator: mha-admin@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7882 2013

Detailed programme information can also be found by clicking here.

UK Students

Applicants should have either: i) an undergraduate degree at 2:2 or higher in psychology, medicine or a cognate subject; or ii) a professional qualification and at least one year’s experience working in a relevant field

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.

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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 are 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 by a range of methods.

  • Module 1: Clinical placement report (1), research protocol, oral assessment and written examination.
  • Module 2: Clinical placement report (2), pilot study, oral assessment and written examination.
  • Module 3: Dissertation (10,000-15,000 words).

Tuition fees for Home and EU students 2019 entry

Tuition fees for International students 2019 entry


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students, which 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 [PDF] 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 email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

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: Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717