This course is designed for those interested in developing skills and knowledge for the assessment and solution-focused management of people with certain physical and mental health conditions.
It will be of particular relevance to people with a background in the social sciences, mental health or nursing.
A background in psychology is desirable as you will have a strong foundation in mental health problems and research methods, but it is not essential.
It is also suitable for practitioners in health, mental health and the forensic equivalent (including all aspects of health and justice) who are currently working with people benefitting from such interventions. There is also clear potential for applicants to be multi-disciplinary and to come from public or private settings.
We offer flexible study modes and, after passing the relevant number of modules, you can choose to step off the programme to gain awards of PGCert and PGDip, or continue to the full MSc respectively.
You can study this course over three years and dedicate the third year to completing your dissertation.
What will this course cover?
Psychosocial interventions relate to an individual's psychological development and how this development interacts with a social environment. Generally psychosocial interventions cover psychological interventions (for example classified into behavioural, cognitive, humanistic, motivational etc) and social approaches (for example focusing the work on families or wider social networks such a local communities). Students on the MSc, therefore, are exposed to the underlying principles and frameworks of interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Intervention Skills, Motivational Enhancement Skills, Positive Psychology (Skills & Interventions) etc.
Evidence also suggests that these interventions can be successfully utilised with other long-term conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and epilepsy.
This unique programme forms a broader subject base than other postgraduate programmes in this field, encapsulating psychosocial interventions with all forms of mental health and the application of interventions to physical health issues.
We will provide you with the skills to critically understand the principle concepts, theories and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions within various organisations.
You will learn about various clinical approaches, allowing problem-solving and critical reflection in order to develop creative solutions when dealing with complex clinical and social issues.
Attendance and Personal Study
You will be expected to attend 20 days per year at the University and allocate time each week for self-directed study.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants would normally have achieved 2.1 in a social science degree. Alternatively, candidates may have professional qualifications and/or directly relevant work experience. A first degree in psychology is not a pre-requisite.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Year 2 Modules
- Applied Research Skills
- Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Postgraduate Dissertation
How much does it cost
Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £4,500 per year
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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks