Our course draws upon the expertise of research and clinical psychologists to provide you with a unique education in the foundations of, and current issues in, the psychology of mental health. It is an ideal opportunity for those who wish to go on to study for a Ph.D. in psychology or a doctorate in clinical psychology, as well as professionals working with children and adults. It is one of the only MSc courses in the UK on which you will be taught by clinical psychologists. Our students tell us they find the teaching and supervision contact with clinicians to be a key strength.

You’ll study advanced modules in the foundations of adult mental health, current issues in psychological health care, and one module of your choice from the areas of developmental psychopathology, evolution, and behavior, or social psychology. You will also learn advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods and will conduct a dissertation co-supervised by a member of academic staff and a clinical psychologist.

At Dundee, you will benefit from dedicated MSc social and study areas, an active student society, and will be taught by academic staff at the forefront of psychological research and clinical psychologists working in specialisms including forensic, child and adolescent, eating disorders, learning difficulties, addiction, primary care, older adult, and health psychology. You will have access to state of the art research equipment for, for example, tracking eye movements to measure attention, measuring brain activity, or conducting surveys and observational studies.

We are a small friendly department who offer focused teaching and research in psychology. This means that we get to know our students, and can provide them with the individual support they need throughout their studies. This is evidenced by us being ranked in the top 10% of Psychology departments in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016).

We are also situated in the School of Social Sciences, which will allow you to meet and socialize with students from other disciplines (e.g. business, geography, law, politics, and economics) and to attend seminars outwith psychology. This will allow you to situate your learning in a broader social context, as well as to network and make contacts across disciplines.


How you will be taught

All our assessments are coursework-based, including essays, presentations, group work, and a research project.

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • talks by invited speakers

Core Modules

  • PY50429 - Foundations of Adult Mental Health
  • PY50432 - Current Issues in Psychological Health Care
  • PY51001 - Research Foundations
  • PY51002 - Qualitative Research Methods
  • PY52004 - Research Dissertation
  • PY52007 - Advanced Quantitative Methods

Advanced modules

One advanced module, typically from

  • PY50418 - Developmental Psychopathology
  • PY50434 - Evolution and Behaviour
  • PY50436 - Society, Mind, and Health


An advanced understanding of psychological health care and the psychology of mental health provides a foundation for those who wish to apply for a Ph.D. in psychological research or for a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Entry Requirements

You should hold, or expect to hold a first or second class (normally upper second class) honors degree in Psychology, conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society. All applicants will be assessed and approved by the Course Director and the MSc Board of Studies.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5

  • Listening 6.0
  • Reading 6.0
  • Writing 6.0
  • Speaking 6.0

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

About Dundee

Fantastic culture, beautiful landscapes and famously friendly people….Scotland has passion and innovation at its heart and these are just some of the reasons why it’s an amazing place to live and study.

Dundee is located on the banks of the River Tay on the east coast of Scotland. It regularly appears at the top end of ‘quality of life’ surveys in the UK – offering all that’s great about city life, but being friendly, compact and easy to navigate.

The Wall Street Journal named Dundee as one of their ten hot destinations for 2018.

Dundee’s population is around 150,000. With students making up 1 in 5 of the population, our city is geared towards student life.

Our campus is right in the heart of Dundee’s vibrant and fun West End, with shops, cafes and restaurants all on your doorstep.

“Scottish people are nice and friendly. I remember the first day I arrived, the fellow who was supposed to meet me was not there yet. The taxi driver dropped me off, I knocked on the door and he was not there, so I was waiting outside. Someone came and asked if I was okay and invited me in while I waited. He welcomed me and gave me food and drink, so I started to love the people of Dundee and Scotland from the first day I came.” Willy William Mrema is from Tanzania and is studying MSc Geotechnical Engineering.

Program taught in:
  • English
University of Dundee - School of Social Sciences
Last updated January 11, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
12 months
7,950 GBP
per year of study UK/EU students. £19,950 per year of study non-EU students.
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Start Date
Sep 2019
End Date
Aug 31, 2020
Application deadline

Sep 2019

Application deadline
End Date
Aug 31, 2020