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Psychological Therapies and Interventions MSc / PGDip

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September 2023
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,600 (UK) *
£15,100 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Deborah Bailey-Rodriguez

It is estimated that one in four people seek professional support for a mental health problem and therefore there is high demand for psychological therapies and interventions. This programme is aimed at those who wish to develop careers in psychological therapy or mental health by building on your knowledge, practical skills, experience and confidence when applying for highly competitive roles such as Assistant Psychologist or Clinical Psychology Research Assistant.

Why study Psychological Therapies and Interventions MSc / PGDip at Middlesex University?

This programme will provide you with the academic, practical and research skills you need to continue onto further professional training in clinical psychology, counselling psychology, psychotherapy, clinical research, and health management.

You will be introduced to a range of approaches to psychological therapy and intervention and will be supported to develop a range of therapeutic communication and intervention skills both in workshops and through work experience.

As part of the Masters programme, you will also acquire the knowledge and skills required to critically assess research in therapeutic psychology and to undertake research in a topic that is relevant to psychological therapies or interventions.  You will be taught by staff who are therapy practitioners and researchers in mental health, psychological wellbeing and trauma.

There is also the option of undertaking a PG Diploma in Psychological Therapies and Interventions (completion of all modules except the dissertation module and gaining 120 credits), or undertaking a PG Certificate in Psychological Interventions (gaining 60 credits through completion of two modules; the Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Trauma Impact and Interventions modules).

Please note that this programme does not lead to a therapy practitioner qualification.

Course highlights

  • This course is an introduction to a wide range of approaches to psychological therapies
  • You will focus on the effects of trauma and trauma interventions
  • You will have the chance to undertake a clinically relevant work placement

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What will you study on Psychological Therapies and Interventions MSc / PGDip?

During the course, you will focus on developing in-depth knowledge, understanding, skills and experience for progressing to, or within, therapy related careers, including clinical psychology, counselling psychology, psychotherapy, clinical research, and health management. You will also explore the key approaches to, and practice in, psychological therapy and interventions as well as understanding lifespan trauma experience and its impacts on psychological disorder; how it is assessed and identified, and experienced cross-culturally.

What will you gain?

You will gain a range of therapeutic communication, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural intervention skills and a reflective approach to the development of these skills. You will also have developed the  knowledge and skills required to critically assess research in therapeutic psychology and be able to undertake novel research in an area relating to psychological therapies or interventions.


  • Modules - Compulsory

    • Quantitative Research Methods (15 credits)

      This module aims to provide your with core skills and knowledge in quantitative research methods in Psychology. The focus is on understanding how research questions relate to design and appropriate analyses. Across the suite of MSc programmes in Psychology, it provides you with advanced skills in a variety of statistical analyses and enables you to conduct psychological research at master’s level. The module enables you to understand and critically evaluate published quantitative psychological research. It prepares you for your dissertation and enables you to choose appropriate methodologies and analyses for research.

    • Research: Practice and Reporting (60 credits)

      This module aim to provide you with an opportunity for an in-depth, advanced study in a specific area of applied psychology, pertinent to the degree for which you are registered, guided by, but largely independent of, tutor support. You will apply appropriate principles of empirical research, and present your research study in the form of a written journal article, using appropriate styles and conventions.

    • Trauma Impacts and Interventions (30 credits)

      On this module, you will develop a critical understanding of current research evidence and perspectives on psychological trauma and its effects. The impact of trauma on different groups and at different stages of the lifespan will be reviewed. Models of intervention for psychological trauma will be critically examined and the current debates around ameliorating factors and developmental outcomes will be explored.

    • Counselling and Psychotherapy in Applied Psychology (30 credits)

      The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to the main schools of psychological therapy, their theoretical origins and how the theory is applied in practice. The module will also introduce you to the basic principles of communication skills that form the foundation of all counselling and therapy. Finally, the module will familiarise you with the role of counselling and therapy within all areas of applied psychology.

    • Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)

      This module aims to introduce you to qualitative research methods, and to provide you with knowledge and practice by equipping you with a combination of practical and theoretical skills. You will be introduced to and familiarised with a range of qualitative methodologies and methods of generating and analysing data in-depth. The module allows the time and space necessary for sustained immersion. The module aims to enable you to become proficient in your qualitative research knowledge and skills. You will also develop reflexive practice, which is an essential aspect of qualitative research.

      This module also aims to prepare you to conduct qualitative research in the future, such as in your MSc dissertation projects – it will enable you to choose suitable methodologies and analyses for your research. Therefore, this module is both ideal for, and provides a rich learning opportunity for, students who are undertaking a qualitatively-based or mixed methods dissertation project; those who want to study Psychology at a doctoral level; and for those planning a career in research.

  • Modules - Optional (one of the following)

    • Psychology Placement (30 credits)

      This module will provide you with practical skills relevant to therapeutic applications of psychology and experience in an organisation that is concerned with mental health and/or well-being. You will spend a minimum of 140 hours in a placement of your choosing and will develop your ability to apply psychological knowledge and/or therapeutic communication skills in a workplace context. Examples of placement settings include mental health rehabilitation services, university wellbeing services, and charitable organisations concerned with mental health, well-being and social support. It is expected that you will arrange your own work placement, the suitability of which will be discussed and agreed upon with the module leaders.

    • Psychology Work Based Project (30 credits)

      This module is for students who are currently employed in an organisation that is concerned with mental health and/or well-being. The module will provide you with practical skills relevant to professional development within your job role and the therapeutic applications of psychology. You will conduct a work-based project in order to develop your ability to apply psychological knowledge and/or therapeutic communication skills in a workplace context.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we have learnt during the pandemic and enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning.

We aim to model a wide range of teaching strategies and approaches on the course which you can adapt to your own setting.

How is the Psychological Therapies and Interventions MSc / PGDip taught?

You are taught through interactive lectures and participative workshops and lab classes which encourage discussion and debate as well as critical thinking and a deep approach to learning. Skills and the ability to apply theory to practice are also developed through work experience and/or implementation of work-based projects.


Assessment includes case study reports, research reports, a reflective diary, critical essays, a reflective essay or a work-based project report, and the applied research dissertation.


You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU/International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the Psychological Therapies and Interventions MSc / PGDip support your career?

Upon graduation, you could go on to work in the areas of mental health, psychological and social wellbeing, overseas development work, and clinical research. You could also pursue a career in clinical psychology such as psychotherapy and counselling trainings. Or you could choose to continue your academic studies and undertake a PhD in psychology.

We also aim to attract professionals working with deprived client groups; in the field of interventions, treatments and social policy, and this qualification will enhance their career path.

Please note, this course does not provide BPS or BACP accreditation.

Dr Deborah Bailey-Rodriguez
Programme leader

Dr Bailey-Rodriguez is a Lecturer in Psychology, with key interests in attachment theory and qualitative research methods. She completed her PhD exploring the transition to second-time parenthood in couple relationships, using qualitative mixed methods at Middlesex University.

Her doctoral research drew and built upon her undergraduate qualitative exploration of the transition to second-time motherhood, where the second child has a disability. During this time, she worked as a voluntary bereavement counsellor.

Dr Bailey-Rodriguez is an Executive Committee member of the International Attachment Netwok (IAN-UK) as well as a member of the Network for Pluralistic Qualitative Researchers (N-PQR), and the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS) at Middlesex University.

Professor Antonia Bifulco
Professor of Lifespan Psychology, Research Director for the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies

Professor Bifulco has spent her career investigating trauma at different life-stages and intergenerationally. She is well published and has worked internationally with health and social care agencies undertaking vulnerability assessments and evaluating interventions.

Dr Fiona Starr
Associate Professor, Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Dr Starr works with young people, children and families in clinical practice. She is integrative in her clinical approach and draws on evidence-based CBT, systemic and psychodynamic approaches to psychological distress.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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