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Dr Christine Campbell

Senior Lecturer - Psychology

christine.campbell@stmarys.ac.uk
020 8240 4140

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One in four people will experience a mental health problem each year. This post-graduate qualification will give you cutting-edge knowledge of relevant theory and the ability to apply it to care for vulnerable people in mental health settings.

Why study Psychology of Mental Health?

Psychology of Mental Health aims to provide you with a chance to acquire an extensive knowledge base to progress into mental health related careers. The degree will educate you about the specialised aspects of caring for people with mental illness

During the programme you will have the opportunity to complete a work placement in an applied setting, providing you with valuable skills and experience that will aid your career development.

You will gain advanced qualitative and quantitative research skills and be expected to critically analyse existing research as you work towards your own original research project. This knowledge and understanding of academia will underpin the applied focus of the degree, in which the real-world implications of research are considered.

The masters is designed for people who are confident using research methods in academic settings, typically from having studied Psychology or a related discipline at undergraduate level. However, if you lack this experience there is a distance learning online “bridging module” available which will help prepare you for the advanced research methods and independent project modules. If you would like further information on this route into the programme please email the programme director.

The Postgraduate Certificate in the Psychology of Metal Health is an alternative qualification available to students who are interested in this field and may want to consider a career in mental health, but who don’t want to commit to a full time course, or who don’t have a strong background in research methods. This would involve studying two modules in the first semester (Foundations in Mental Health and Mental Health in Action) and one module in the second semester (The Lived Experience of Mental Health). This would give you the experience of studying this fascinating area at postgraduate level and would provide a good route into further study in counselling and other related fields.

Why St Mary's?

You will have access to fully-equipped laboratories with high specification apparatus.

Psychology is a well-established programme within the Department of Psychology and Pedagogical Science at St Mary’s. Our small and friendly team is committed to your well-being.

Key facts

  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus, with direct transport links to Central London
Please note: this programme is subject to validation.

Course content

Modules

  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods 
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Foundations of Mental Health 
  • Independent Research Project 
  • Mental Health in Action 
  • The Lived Experience of Mental Health 
  • Work Experience 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

In addition to being of interest to those wishing to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology, the degree will provide suitable training for anyone wishing to study for a PhD.

The programme will also aid those interested in progressing to careers in health-related professions such as psychotherapy, social work, mental health nursing, and occupational therapy as practitioners, researchers or managers.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

Teaching takes place in small groups.

Assessment methods

All assessments are coursework based.

A distinctive feature of the programme is the extensive use of authentic assessments that mirror the types of tasks practitioners carry out in the field. This includes case studies, diagnosis exercises, and report writing.

Facilities

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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: coming soon

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,650

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Funding

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact christine.campbell@stmarys.ac.uk.

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