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About the course

Want to gain an understanding of how the human mind influences behaviour? Keen to explore how low intensity therapeutic techniques can be used to treat anxiety and depression? Southampton Solent University’s mental health and psychological wellbeing integrated master’s programme will qualify you to work as psychological wellbeing practitioner, in addition to giving you a masters-level qualification, and leave you well-prepared for a career in the fields of mental health.

Mental health issues are increasingly being understood and recognised, and there is a real demand for skilled professionals who understand these issues and can work with people to improve their emotional wellbeing and quality of life.

This course provides students with a solid grounding in psychology before specialising in mental health. Students gain practical insights into assessing and working with people experiencing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Additionally, students explore the therapeutic techniques used to treat these problems and help people lead healthier, happier lives.

Optional units cover everything from cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness through to applied psychopathology, enabling students to tailor learning according to their interests.

Employability is a key element of the course and students are expected to complete at least 80 hours of clinical contact time in their final year. Students will be supported in arranging a clinical placement drawing on the course team’s close links with the NHS and various charities.

The scientific aspects of a psychology course, including the application of a reasoned approach, problem solving and manipulation of data, provide useful tools for careers in healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research. Knowledge of human behaviour and motivation, ability to critically analyse a problem, formulate a considered response, create an argument and generate new ideas lend themselves well to careers in a wide variety of sectors.

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Teaching is delivered by a dedicated team of experienced and supportive staff team with a wide range of professional expertise and research experience.

What does this course lead to?

On successful completion of this course, your master’s degree will qualify you to work as a psychological wellbeing practitioner in the National Health Service and in equivalent roles, such as clinical psychologist or therapist, in the voluntary and private sectors.

Psychology also uses a wide variety of methodological techniques including experiments, questionnaires and interviews to investigate human behaviour and obtain reliable evidence which can form the basis for potential interventions and applications, meaning it has a wide application to a broad range of careers, both in the psychology profession and in associated occupations.

Who is this course for?

This integrated master’s degree will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand why people behave in particular ways and in how that knowledge can be applied. The skills acquired by a psychology graduate are valuable for a wide range of careers.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Standard Entry CC84
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were: 
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The 2018/19 international fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Other costs

The 2018/19 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/18 costs were:

Compulsory costs

Students will be on placement involving working with children or vulnerable adults and will be expected to apply for DBS disclosure.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.


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Key entry requirements

128 UCAS points from:

  • A-levels or a BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM or equivalent.
  • Including Grade C in A/AS-level psychology, if taken and Grade C in GCSE English and mathematics.
  • Transfer from the BSc to the MSci course requires an average mark of at least 55 over year 2 (L5) of the BSc course.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • Exploring Psychology
  • Psychology across the Lifespan
  • Methods and Analysis in Psychology
  • Psychology in the Real-World
  • Debates in Psychology
  • Applications of Psychology

Year two

Core units

  • Brain and Behaviour
  • The Social Individual 
  • Psychological Research
  • Psychological Research in Action
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Counselling: Application & Practice

Year three

Core units

  • Applied Psychology Research Project 
  • Developing Professional Practice in Counselling Psychology
  • Advanced Analytical methods

Options

  • CBT & Mindfulness-based approaches
  • Behaviour Change for Health & Wellbeing
  • Issues & Controversies in Psychology
  • Issues in Education
  • Psychology Placement
  • Extended Essay
  • Applied Psychopathology
  • Psychology & Technology

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year four

Core units

  • Advanced Research project
  • Engagement & Assessment of Patients with Mental Health Problems
  • Evidence-based Low Intensity Treatment for Common Mental Health Disorders
  • Professional Issues & Development within the Health care context
  • Values, Policy, Culture & Diversity
  • Clinical Practice Placement

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

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Lin Bailey academic profile Lin Bailey Senior Lecturer View profile
Daniel Connolly academic profile Daniel Connolly Senior Lecturer View profile
Rhodri Davies academic profile Rhodri Davies Senior Lecturer View profile
Mei Mason-Li academic profile Mei Mason-Li Senior Lecturer View profile
Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Senior Lecturer View profile
Pamela Pourzanjani academic profile Pamela Pourzanjani Senior Lecturer View profile
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber Senior Lecturer View profile
Zoe Wimshurst academic profile Zoe Wimshurst Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Doyle academic profile Mark Doyle Lecturer View profile
Greg Neil academic profile Greg Neil Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Psychology students here at Solent have full access to modern, industry-standard facilities, Including dedicated computing suites, specialist software, psychophysiological recording equipment, eye-tracking apparatus, and experimental cubicles.

This course will qualify you for employment as a psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP) within the NHS. After completing this course you will be eligible to apply for Band 5 PWP posts in NHS organisations, and for equivalent posts in the voluntary and private sectors. 

Your future

Previous graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles including: Assistant (Clinical) Psychologists; Psychotherapist; Manager in adult social care & support; HR; Offender Services;  Consultant Behaviour; Analyst; Samaritans; Consultant Psychologist in Italy; NHS administrator; Child practitioner; Pharmaceutical Industry; Hampshire Police; Compliance Officer; graduate assistant Read and Grown project - working with offenders on literacy; Graduate Assistant in Employability an Enterprise; Personal tutor; Mental Health Practitioner; Psychology course facilitator in the NHS; Consultant behaviour analysis; CABAS teacher; Digital marketing officer at Mind; Psychotherapist; Social care support worker; Office clerk at Hampshire constabulary; Research assistant for NHS; PhD researcher; Recovery co-ordinator at NHS; Carer; Child practitioner/ administrator in a preschool; Rehab assistant at Headway; Teachers; Educational Psychologists; Youth Workers.

Industry links

Course tutors have links with the NHS and various charities that will help develop the clinical placement and provide mentors.

Further study

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