Postgraduate study

Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

The programme provides detailed coverage of all core aspects of psychology: developmental, social, cognitive, neuropsychology, and individual differences. It also includes conceptual and theoretical perspectives in psychology, and psychological research methods and data analysis.

You will complete a research project in an area of psychology relevant to mental health.

This programme is unique in two respects:

  • It is the only British Psychological Society accredited MSc conversion programme that focuses on the psychology of mental health. This focus is particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in a caring profession such as clinical psychology.
  • It is also unique in being delivered jointly by a staff team offering unrivalled expertise in both psychological science and clinical psychology.

Accreditation

This is a professionally accredited programme that offers you the opportunity to study psychology to postgraduate level and become eligible for graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society.

The programme can be taken full-time or over 2 to 6 years part-time (invoiced at course level).

You will study a series of taught courses in core areas of psychology and complete a research project.

Teaching approaches focus on delivery of psychological science and its application to mental health.

The programme's courses cover classic and contemporary psychology theories and are delivered through a range of engaging teaching approaches. While most classes are face-to-face, other courses have a blended format where students will participate in both online learning and supplementary tutorials. You are able to tailor your studies to your interests through your research project topic.

Courses: *

  • Developmental Psychology & Developmental Psychopathology
  • Individual Differences in Mental Health
  • Social Psychology of Mental Health
  • Research Methods in Applied Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods: Data Management and Analysis
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Disorders
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Conceptual and Theoretical Psychology

*(Revised 16 March 2019 to update the list of courses.)

Graduates will be eligible to register with the British Psychological Society through graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC). This will create career opportunities where a psychology degree is advantageous or essential. It also creates opportunities for advanced professional training in psychology (e.g. Clinical Psychology or Educational Psychology), which normally require an undergraduate degree in psychology.

You will also develop a range of sophisticated psychological research skills that will open career opportunities in research, including research assistant posts and doctoral research training.

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 22/03/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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  • School of Health in Social Science
  • Medical School, Doorway 6
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG

Due to high demand, the school operates a number of selection deadlines. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline when we will offer a proportion of the places available to applicants selected through a competitive process.

Deadlines for applicants applying to study in 2019/20 are shown below.

Round Application deadline Places awarded
1 10 January 2019 22 February 2019
2 7 March 2019 19 April 2019
3 30 May 2019 12 July 2019

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • School of Health in Social Science
  • Medical School, Doorway 6
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG