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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 cognitive therapy can be used to treat anxiety and depression? Solent University’s mental health and psychological wellbeing integrated master’s programme will develop your clinical skills, 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 modules 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.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

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, you will be able to work in a number of different settings providing support for people suffering from common mental health problems. 

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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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs

Students will be on placement involving working with children or vulnerable adults and will be expected to apply for DBS disclosure This is compulsory and costs £55.

Bursaries and scholarships

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.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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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 4 in GCSE English and mathematics (previously grade C).
  • Transfer from the BSc to the MSci course requires an average mark of at least 55 over year 2 (L5) of the BSc course.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

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
  • 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: 023 8201 5066

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:

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.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
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What you'll study

Year one

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

Year three

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


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

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

Year four

Core modules
  • Advanced Research project
  • Engagement & Assessment of Patients with Mental Health Problems
  • Evidence-based Low Intensity Treatment for Common Mental Health Disorders
  • Values, Policy, Culture & Diversity


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.

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Meet the course team

Brian Wink academic profile Brian Wink Head of Subject 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
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber 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.


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.

Role-plays are used to develop counselling techniques, which will prepare you for clinical training and for assessing and working with people experiencing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. 

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.

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