M.Sc. Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Mental Health

Bucks New University | High Wycombe , United Kingdom
In collaboration with the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, this course enables you to analyse and evaluate psychotherapeutic approaches, theories and practice relating to the work of the mental health practitioner.



In collaboration with the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, this course enables you to analyse and evaluate psychotherapeutic approaches, theories and practice relating to the work of the mental health practitioner.

Is this course for me?

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 Mental Health 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. Graduates will have the equivalent to the Institute of Group Analysis Introductory Course.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 9400 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 4600 Year (EEA)

Home and EU - £4,600; Overseas - £9,400

Start date
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

What will this course cover?

There are five distinct elements to this masters degree. The first is an understanding of the basic theoretical framework of psychodynamic theory and practice. The second is an applied element to enable the student to reflect upon the emotional impact of being with the patient.

The third element is an understanding of group and organizational dynamics and how these shape all other relationships. The fourth element teaches a structured model of inter personal dynamic consultation for multi disciplinary teams. The fifth is support for undertaking a dissertation which includes a taught element of research methods.

What are the modules?

Year one

  • Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Working with Individuals (60 Credits)
  • Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Working with Groups (60 Credits)

Year two

  • Interpersonal Dynamic Consultation (30 Credits)
  • Dissertation: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Mental Health (30 Credits)

Start date and attendance

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Attendance: One day per week

English Language Requirements

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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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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