MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology is designed for those with interests or experience in the field of mental health and clinical psychology and has a distinctive emphasis on the experiences of people who live with distress.
You'll develop expertise in the psychology of mental health and the related area of clinical psychology. The course focuses on psychosocial approaches to the study and 'treatment' of mental distress, in both clinical and community settings. You'll explore the social and cultural context from which mental distress occurs, and the responses of those who have experienced distress first hand and develop an understanding of psychological approaches to prevention, treatment and community mean of social support and guidance.
Unique course delivery
Experts by experience (sometimes referred to as service users) are heavily involved in the delivery of the course and design of the overall course structure. Jacqui Dillon (chair of the Hearing Voices Network) is a consultant on the design and implementation of this unique programme.
All students complete a clinically relevant placement. LSBU has excellent links with various mental health organizations. Previous students have had placements as honorary assistant psychologists at NHS organizations including South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
Previous placements outside the NHS have included a support worker at Cyrenians (a voluntary organization supporting individuals with mental health difficulties, living in the community), and a recovery worker at Camden MIND. We can assist you in finding a suitable placement.
Key course information - ordered by mode
|Full-time||13 months||September||Southwark Campus|
|Part-time||26 months||September||Southwark Campus|
- Introduction to clinical and community psychology
- Research methods in psychology
- Psychosocial interventions and treatments
- Experts by experience
- Introduction to clinical skills
- Placement module
All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, examinations, presentations and a placement log.
We have placed employability at the heart of the psychology courses and the teaching and learning ensure you develop skills valuable to future employment. You'll benefit from an annual psychology specific careers day, clear signposting of skills development within modules, and career and skills development 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 help with senior roles and responsibilities, management and supervision, or senior roles 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 the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
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.
You'll undertake a compulsory placement on this course. For example, this year 10 new placements were sourced including opportunities to work in the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust, as an honorary assistant psychologist.
Though staff can assist you with finding a placement, it is your responsibility to ensure you are successfully enlisted on a placement by the end of the first semester.
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.
2:1 Honours degree in Psychology or allied field such as neuroscience, social work, nursing, medicine or psycho-social studies.
All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.
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Last updated September 8, 2018