Postgraduate Psychology

We offer a choice of five taught postgraduate degrees and also the option of studying towards an MPhil, MRes or PhD. All of our postgraduate courses can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis.

MRes Psychology

Open to graduates from psychology and any of the social sciences, this Master by Research course provides the opportunities and support needed to develop into a competent psychological researcher. If you are interested in either a future in research, or as an applied psychologist (Clinical, Health, Sport, Educational, etc), this flexible Master’s course is an excellent springboard.

 

MSc Psychology (Conversion) - Full-Time or Part-Time

Our conversion course is specifically designed for graduates in any subject (including unaccredited psychology) who wish to go on to train as psychologists. This course is the first step towards a career in any branch of psychology such as clinical, educational, counselling, health, forensic, occupational or sport. This course is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). It covers all of the core theoretical areas of psychology including social, developmental, biological, cognitive, personality and intelligence, as well as providing training in research methods.

 

MSc Family and Child Psychology - Full-Time or Part-Time

The MSc Family and Child Psychology is aimed at graduates of psychology and related disciplines who want to broaden their knowledge of children and families. Our modules focus on a mixture of core subject knowledge (i.e., child and adolescent development, family lifestyle and transition, and family psychology in society), research methods, and professional skills for research and practice. The programme is an excellent choice for applicants wanting to gain postgraduate experience before applying for one of  the professional doctorates (i.e., clinical, educational), and applicants wishing to undertake a PhD, and become a researcher. Furthermore, it provides a good option for those looking for career advancement in social work, teaching, healthcare, social services and the caring professions.

 

PGDip/MSc Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies: High Intensity Training

The PG Dip/MSc Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies: High Intensity Training is a rigorous, challenging and highly rewarding clinical skills training programme. It is aimed at mental health professionals with experience of working clinically within an IAPT service (e.g. as a psychological wellbeing practitioner) who wish to become: (a)  Competent at assessing and treating adults with depression and anxiety disorders using evidence based cognitive and behavioural treatment protocols; and (b)  Accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists. By means of lectures, experiential skills training workshops, and clinical supervision you will develop and demonstrate the core competences outlined in the BABCP core curriculum reference document (BABCP 2010). You will be trained in the use of empirically supported treatments, observe expert clinical demonstrations, and receive constructive feedback on your developing clinical competence. You will develop the research knowledge required to ensure that your clinical interventions are based upon the best available scientific evidence. The postgraduate diploma component can be studied on a full-time (one year) or part-time basis (two years). Full-time students will attend training on 2 days per week and conduct therapy within an IAPT service on a minimum of 2 days per week. Part-time students will attend training on one day per week and conduct therapy within an IAPT service on a minimum of one day per week. Individuals that successfully complete the postgraduate diploma will be eligible to apply for accreditation with BABCP as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. In addition they will be provided with the option to continue studies with a view to achieving a Master of Science qualification.

 

PG Cert CBT Clinical Supervision: High Intensity

This programme is aimed at BABCP accredited (or accreditable) cognitive behaviour therapists with a current CBT clinical supervision caseload. It aims to equip supervisors with a critical awareness of models CBT clinical supervision; and the competences required to conduct safe effective CBT clinical supervision with trainee and qualified cognitive behaviour therapists. It is a rigorous and rewarding supervision training programme, which has been benchmarked against IAPT guidance for commissioning supervision training and Roth and Pilling supervision competences. You will be provided with training in the core skills required to deliver CBT clinical supervision to both high and low intensity therapists in accordance with IAPT national recommendations. You will receive constructive accurate feedback on your clinical supervision skills; and supervision of clinical supervision practise by the experienced CBT programme team. You will demonstrate core knowledge and competences required to supervise cognitive behaviour therapists within an IAPT setting. It is intended that upon (a) successful completion of the programme and (b) completion of 80 hours of clinical supervision practice, individuals will go on to apply for BABCP supervisor level accreditation.

 

PG Cert CBT Clinical Supervision: Low Intensity

This programme is aimed at BABCP-accredited therapists, or experienced psychological wellbeing practitioners carrying a low intensity supervision caseload. It aims to equip supervisors with: A critical awareness of models of clinical supervision; and the competences required to conduct safe and effective supervision with trainee and qualified psychological wellbeing practitioners. It is a rigorous and rewarding supervision training programme, which has been benchmarked against: IAPT guidance for commissioning supervision training; Roth and Pilling supervision competences; and IAPT Reach Out Materials. You will be provided with training in the core skills required to deliver (a) Clinical Case Management and (b) Skills Development Supervision, to Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners in line with IAPT national recommendations. You will receive constructive accurate feedback on your supervision skills, and supervision of your clinical case management and skills development supervision practise. You will demonstrate core knowledge and competences required to Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners within an IAPT setting.

 

Research Degrees (MPhil / PhD)

The Department of Psychology has a number of postgraduate research students engaged in a wide range of projects, and enrolled on PhD and MPhil programmes. Our world-leading researchers are always happy to speak to prospective students, and our fees are highly competitive. Click here to read about our applications process.