About the course
The course prepares you for a variety of careers in mental health, including working as an assistant psychologist or a psychology wellbeing practitioner, or applying in the future to study for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
You will strengthen your research skills and learn what is required to practise professionally, although the programme does not in itself confer a licence to practise.
Students gain an understanding of the backdrop of current thinking on the nature of mental health, how to formulate problems based on social, psychological and neurological factors, 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.
What you'll study
Study is full-time over one year and comprises two semesters of taught modules.
Students are taught how to design, plan and conduct mental health related research and how to evaluate papers, theories, findings and methods used in clinical psychology, psychiatry and other mental health related disciplines. Learning takes place in lectures, seminars, laboratories, practical exercises in communication and through directed personal study.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
Theories of Mental Health
This module will engage you in debate about key philosophical, theoretical, ethical and practical issues within contemporary mental health practice.
Research Methods for Postgraduates (Psychology)
Learn both basic and advanced quantitative and qualitative methods, using a mixture of interactive lectures and hands-on practical workshops.
You'll be introduced to the evidence-based treatments most commonly used in mental health services, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Practical role-playing exercises help you gain experience and skill in managing an assessment session with a client, while student-led seminars focus on the evidence base for CBT and a range of other psychological therapies.
Case Studies in Mental Health
You will be introduced to a variety of common mental health problems including mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders and substance abuse. Using fictional case histories, you will develop skills at clinical formulation based in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, even when cases are complex and incomplete.
Professional Practice and Communication Skills (Psychology)
Explore the skills, issues, and topics surrounding professional and ethical practice and development in Psychology. You'll examine topics such as ethics in research and clinical practice, social media use, professional communication, writing and disseminating research, self-reflective professional evaluation and development, and data protection.
Mental Health in Practice
Engage with a range of services that provide input to people who experience difficulties with their mental health or disability. This module allows you to gather knowledge of real-life settings and reflect on your skill development needs in line with the NHS knowledge and skills framework.
Enhance your independent research skills for designing, planning, conducting, analysing and writing up a research project relevant to mental health. You'll develop your critical, in-depth knowledge of a specific area of mental health; and increase your academic analytical and writing skills.