• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: West London NHS Trust
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2019

Course Overview

This innovative, multi-disciplinary masters degree has been created for mental health and other professionals who are interested in developing skills and competences in psychotherapeutic approaches with complex cases and personality disorders within generic and forensic settings.

A collaboration between West London NHS Trust and Buckinghamshire New University, the course provides the conceptual tools, their application to clinical work, a specialised group experience and a research dissertation to equip participants to orient themselves to the complex reality of their roles in mental health organizations.

By focusing on individual, group and institutional dynamics, this training is specifically designed to explore the preconditions for maintaining boundaries, ensuring relational security and delivering coherent, effective treatment interventions.

MSc graduates are eligible to apply for British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) registration as Psychodynamic Practitioners in Mental Health (General or Forensic). Successful graduates can apply to the Forensic Psychotherapy Society for a further clinical training of two years leading to a BPC qualification as Forensic Psychodynamic and Complex Needs therapist, with full membership of the Forensic Psychotherapy Society which is a new member institution of the BPC.

What will this course cover?

There are five distinct elements to this master's degree:

  • an understanding of the basic theoretical framework of psychodynamic theory and practice
  • an applied element to enable the student to reflect upon the emotional impact of being with the patient
  • an understanding of group and organizational dynamics and how these shape all other relationships
  • teaches a structured model of inter personal dynamic consultation for multi disciplinary teams
  • support for undertaking a dissertation which includes a taught element of research methods.

Course Details

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will be made to nurses and allied professional at Band 6 and above or ST4-ST6 psychiatrists in training. Professionals from other disciplines such as social work are welcome to apply depending on their level of clinical experience and the appropriateness of their work setting to the content of the course.

Some senior Band 5 grades may be considered for the course on individual merit and with full support from their line managers/educational leads.


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU 2019/20: We are currently reviewing our fees for this course.

Please note that these fees are for 2018-19 entry.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

This course will help you to deepen, enhance and extend your knowledge, skills and experience of psychotherapeutic approaches to mental health practice in your clinical setting, both independently and through consultation with other health care professionals, using evidence-based practice to support decisions.

You will be able to critically analyse issues relating to individual, interpersonal and group working, and accountability in order to develop the understanding required to perform the role of a mental health practitioner utilising a psychotherapeutic approach to mental health care.

In addition, you will develop the knowledge and skills required in the augmentation of your clinical work and the delivery of effective psychotherapeutic approaches to practice.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.