Department of Psychological Health, Wellbeing and Social Work

About the department

Our vibrant and interdisciplinary department delivers high-quality and professional education and research.

We have strong links with national, local and regional agencies. Our exciting range of contemporary professional programmes consists of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the Clinical Psychology Doctoral programme, MSc Dementia (Online), MA and BA in Social Work, BSc Nursing (Learning Disability) and BSc Nursing (Mental Health).

Our portfolio also includes a suite of apprenticeships: the BA Social Work Degree Apprenticeship; BSc Nursing (Learning Disability) Apprenticeship, BScNursing (Mental Health) Apprenticeship and the MSc Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP).

Head of department

Karin Cooper

Dr Karin Cooper


Research in the Department of Psychological Health, Wellbeing and Social Work

Our research brings together expertise and specialisms across clinical psychology, social work, mental health nursing and learning disability nursing.

Together our researchers address a wide variety of nationally and internationally relevant topics such as dementia; addictions and substance misuse; long-term health conditions; adult and adolescent mental health; suicide prevention and postvention; health inequalities; homelessness; death, dying and bereavement; safeguarding children and adults; domestic abuse; service implementation, delivery and evaluation; social care workforce; carers.

Our work is supported by a wide range of organisations and funders such as Economic and Social Research Council; the National Insitute of Healthcare Research; NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group; NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group; Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership; Nottingham University Hospitals and Local Authority Councils.

Working closely with our partner organisations we ensure that the needs of stakeholders are represented, that knowledge is shared, and that impact is delivered.

All our research is underpinned by our strong ethos of conducting research that makes a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.

Research strengths

Health and Social Wellbeing in Long-term Conditions

Our research in this field focuses on the social, physical and emotional wellbeing of people experiencing long-term health conditions. This includes an interest in innovative and creative approaches to improving wellbeing, such as the use of music and other arts-based interventions.

We also explore the development of social networks and approaches to improving isolation – which is often experienced by people living with long-term conditions.

Our community

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It's about working together, being supportive and being the nurse that is needed from the patient"

Watch: find out why David Dale chose Learning Disability Nursing at Hull.

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"I feel really proud to be a student at Hull. And I really encourage people to come and try it. It feels like Home"

Melanie Garlick, BA Social Work

Social Work on-demand

Watch: Join lecturer Luke Cartwright for a virtual Social Work taster session and find out more about studying at Hull.

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Life changing work placements

Chose from a diverse range of professional practice placements, including drug and alcohol projects, sexual health education, homelessness projects, school inclusion, and projects to tackle child sexual exploitation.

Flexible study, delivered digitally

MSc in Dementia is delivered entirely online, with three start dates each year. Critically challenge common perceptions and learn what it means to live well with dementia.

Find out more about MSc in Dementia

Students visiting the university

University of Hull Health Campus

Boasting a simulated operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit, our new £28-million Health Campus is a phenomenal resource for our students. You’ll train in a real-life setting from the start – giving you the skills and confidence to easily transition into a clinical setting.