About the course

An increasing awareness of mental health issues has created a growing and substantial need, both locally and nationally, for more mental health practitioners which this MSc programme has been designed to help meet.

It offers an advanced grounding in the psychology of adult mental health and is designed to provide knowledge and experience relevant to a career as a mental health practitioner. The course paves the way to train as a chartered health psychologist, but it is important to note that it does not confer a licence to practise.

You will strengthen your research skills and learn what is required to practise professionally. Students gain an understanding of the backdrop of current thinking on the nature of mental health, its psychological and neurological causation, and the best evidence-based interventions. You will learn how to apply this knowledge to treat a variety of mental health problems.

The teaching staff bring a depth of experience to this course which our students have always valued. The programme is enriched by our close working relationships with the Hull Clinical Psychology Training Programme, and with local health and social care services.

Where you'll study

Blended between Hull Campus and a work placement

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,275

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £16,000

What you'll study

Study is full-time over one year and comprises two semesters of taught modules. One module during the second semester includes a placement, followed by an individual empirical research project supervised by a member of staff over the summer.

Students are taught how to design, plan and conduct health related research and how to evaluate papers, theories, findings and methods used within health psychology. Learning takes place in lectures, seminars, laboratories and through directed personal study.

Core modules

  • Research Methods for Psychology

  • Mental Health in Practice: in-depth study of a specific topic, including a placement


  • Professional Practice and Communication Skills

  • Theories of Mental Health

  • Psychological Interventions

  • Case Studies in Mental Health

  • Empirical dissertation

    This module aims to enhance students' independent research skills for designing, planning, conducting, analysing and writing up a research project relevant to clinical psychology; develop your critical, in-depth knowledge of a specific area of clinical psychology; and increase your academic analytical and writing skills.

Our postgraduate programmes allow you to develop practical and technical skills under professional psychologists.

Research has wide links to local organisations, public representatives, charities, artists, clinicians and industry and is part of the White Rose Consortium.

Psychology has been a leading discipline of study at Hull since 1928.

Our cutting-edge facilities include electroencephalography (EEG) for measuring activity in the brain, a brain simulation laboratory, an eye-tracking laboratory, an audiometric laboratory, and much more.

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Entry requirements

You should have, or expect to obtain, a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology or a closely allied discipline. You should also have a minimum of 30 hours of paid or voluntary work experience relevant to the content of the programme. 

Applicants hoping to use the degree to support a future application to Clinical Psychology Training should note that such training courses generally require a 2:1 Honours British Psychological Society accredited degree and this MSc degree will not necessarily compensate for that requirement.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

This course has been built from the ground up to enhance students’ progress to becoming chartered psychologists. Students are taught the core competencies required for a career in mental health. Undertaking this MSc can facilitate a subsequent application for a clinical psychology training place. It also increases students skills and experience relevant to other careers in health and social care.

The programme has been designed to help redress the relative lack of psychological input and services in the region, and to help tackle issues of deprivation and inequality by providing MSc graduates with the skills and knowledge to contribute to a wide variety of health and social care services.