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, 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.
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 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.
Research Methods for Psychology
Develop a thorough conceptual understanding of advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods. This will enable you to make evidence-based decisions in research and professional practice.
Mental Health in Practice
In this module you will focus learning around an applied environment where you will come into contact with service users experiencing distress/the effects of disability and/or poor mental health. You will be given the opportunity to study an area of practice relevant to your work experience placement and provide a systematic literature review to assist in practice development within that environment.
Professional Practice and Communication Skills
You will develop towards professional practice by acquiring a critical understanding of the skills required to be an ethical, reflective, evidence-based, and research active practitioner who can communicate professionally both orally and in writing.
Theories of Mental Health
This module will engage you in debate about key philosophical, theoretical, ethical and practical issues within contemporary mental health practice.
You will be introduced to general principles of individual interventions in adult mental health including assessment, formulation, the therapeutic relationship, treatment planning and the use of outcome measures. You will learn the basic approach and techniques of modern Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and develop awareness of other interventions in common use in the NHS, and the underlying evidence base.
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.
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.