MSc Psychological Therapies (Full Time)
The full-time programme is aimed at applicants who are recent graduates or those looking for a change in career who do not hold a core clinical qualification or equivalent.
Who is the programme for?
The full-time programme is aimed at applicants who are recent graduates or those looking for a change in career who do not hold a core clinical qualification or equivalent. The programme takes applicants from graduate status and provides general clinical skills training and specific CBT training.
When is the programme available from?
The programme is available from the academic year 2021-22 and applications will open shortly for entry in September 2021. You will be required to attend an interview as part of our selection process.
The programme aims to:
- Develop and enhance clinical skills as applied to common mental health problems.
- Develop the student’s ability to critically reflect on their own practice and that of the service/system they work within, through consideration of the philosophical and theoretical elements of therapeutic practice and the evidence-base that informs clinical decision-making.
- Provide the theoretical foundations and practical skills to deliver evidence-based psychological interventions to children, young people or adults, demonstrating a commitment to treatment fidelity and ethical practice.
- Provide students with the frameworks and experience required to participate in a clinical supervisory relationship as supervisee and/or supervisor.
Programme content and structure
This 240 credit programme, delivered over two years, incorporates a clinical placement based at the Centre for Psychological Therapies.
The programme and placements are led by applied psychologists with extensive clinical experience who are experts in their fields. Students will experience high quality training in both practice and research and have access to applied expertise within the School of Health in Social Science.
Year 1 - Semester 1
At the start of the programme you study the following Preparation for Practice courses which provide core clinical competencies ensuring students are ready for clinical practice and therapy training.
Common Mental Health Presentations, a 20 credit course covering common mental health problems, routine clinical presentations and key models of therapeutic interventions.
Assessment & Formulation in Psychological Practice, a 10 credit course covering the core features of engagement, developing formulation and the assessment required to ensure a successful formulation is possible.
Ethics and Governance in Psychological Practice, a 10 credit course covering the understanding and critical reflection on the principles of ethical and safe practice.
Psychological Practice Placement: Preparation for Practice, a 20 credit course where students will gain the basic skills and knowledge required to begin therapeutic practice.
Year 1 - Semester 2
Courses in Semester 2 focus on the development of clinical skills and theoretical knowledge.
Fundamentals of CBT with Children and Young People, a 20 credit course which equips students with an understanding of the scientific principles underlying cognitive and behavioural interventions with children and adolescents and the application of these in practice.
CBT Placement 1, a 20 credit course focusing on the development of clinical skills through practice and clinical supervision. Students are required to achieve 100 hours of clinical practice through work with a minimum of five clinical cases which are suitable for the purposes of training in CBT, and with whom the student is undertaking CBT interventions.
CBT for Children and Young People in Practice, a 20 credit course which runs in conjunction with CBT Placement 1 and focuses on the development of clinical skills through taught workshops.
Year 2 - Semester 1/2
Year 2 offers the flexibility of option courses so you can tailor your studies to your interests. Students take 40 credits from the below options:
CBT Placement 2, a 20 credit course focusing on the development of clinical skills through practice and clinical supervision with more complex presentations such as trauma (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and autism. Students are required to achieve 100 hours clinical practice through work with a minimum of five clinical cases for the duration of the course which are suitable for the purposes of training in CBT, and with whom the student is undertaking CBT interventions.
CBT with Complex Presentations, a 20 credit course taken in conjunction with CBT Placement 2 which provides students with the knowledge and skills to deliver CBT to children and young people experiencing complex mental health problems including trauma (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and autism.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Introduction and Skills Building, a 20 credit course covering the basic conceptual knowledge, skills and personal qualities required to deliver the modern form of cognitive behavioural therapy called Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.
Psychological Approaches to Psychosis, a 20 credit course providing an intensive introduction to working psychologically with individuals distressed by psychotic experience.
Online Therapy Skills for Mental Health Practitioners, a 20 credit course which aims to equip mental health practitioners with the skills, confidence and knowledge to transform their therapeutic practice to online delivery.
Evidence Based Psychological Interventions, a 20 credit course which provides teaching on methodologies used to develop, test and critically appraise evidence-based psychological interventions and clinical research
Core courses for Year 2 are below:
Research Methods in Applied Psychology, a 20 credit course which aims to introduce students to a range of basic research methods in clinical psychology
Dissertation, a 60 credit course providing students with the opportunity to design, conduct, analyse and present a research project.
The Centre for Psychological Therapies
The Centre for Psychological Therapies provides clinical supervision by Clinical Psychologists for the duration of the programme. The Centre ensures completion of the required number of clinical hours with suitable cases of ongoing, on-model therapeutic work. The therapists in training participate in reflective practice groups and have on site administrative support in order for the therapist in training to undertake the work within the Centre. We are based at the University of Edinburgh at 8 Hope Park Square.
What are the Entry Requirements?
- A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in psychology, health or related subject. Learning in developmental psychology should be evidenced.
- You must have evidence of basic experience of working or volunteering in a health, social care or justice setting.
- You will be required to attend an interview as part of our selection process. Personal competencies and suitability will be assessed at interview.
- Eligibility for a PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) certificate.
- For applicants whose first language is not English, documentary evidence of competence in both written and spoken English must be provided. This normally takes the form of good results in an IELTS, TOEFL or other approved test. Please visit the postgraduate language requirements website for further information. The IELTS level for this programme is: IELTS 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.5 in each section).
- One reference must be submitted with your application.
The indicative costs per year for the academic session 2021-22 are home students approximately £10K and international students approximately £21K.
Graduates can expect to gain employment in clinical services or private practice as mental health practitioners. Depending on course choices, graduates may be eligible for accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).