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Psychological Therapies and Interventions MSc / PGDip

Learn about the course below
October 2022
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,600 (UK) *
£14,800 (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

    • Counselling and Psychotherapy (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the main schools of psychological therapy, their theoretical origins and demonstrate how the theory is applied in practice. You will also be introduced to the basic principles of communication skills that form the foundation of all counselling and therapy.

    • Trauma Impact and Interventions (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you will develop a critical understanding of current research evidence and perspectives on psychological trauma and its effects. You will review the impact of trauma on different groups and at different stages of the lifespan and critically examine the models of intervention for psychological trauma. You will also explore the current debates around ameliorating factors and developmental outcomes.

    • Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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'll be introduced to and familiarised with a range of qualitative methodologies and methods of generating and analysing data in-depth. You'll also develop reflexive practice, which is an essential aspect of qualitative research.

    • Psychology Placement (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will provide you with the professional practice knowledge and 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.

      *Please note that you will complete either this module or the Psychology Work Based Project module.

    • Psychology Work Based Project (30 credits) - Optional

      You will conduct a work-based project in order to develop your ability to apply psychological knowledge and/or therapeutic communication skills in your current workplace context. If you are already employed at a relevant organisation, discussions with the module leaders will enable you to think through and decide if this is a suitable option for you.

      *Please note that you will complete either this module or the Psychology Placement module.

    • Research: Reporting and Practice (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will give you the opportunity for an in-depth, advanced study in a specific area of applied psychology. 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.

    • Quantitative Research Methods (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the core skills and knowledge in quantitative research methods in psychology. The focus is on understanding how research questions relate to design and appropriate analyses. It provides you with advanced skills in a variety of statistical analyses.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt in recent years by enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning.

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

You are taught through through interactive lectures and participative workshops which encourages 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, reflective essays or a work-based project report, and the applied research dissertation.

Teaching and learning from 2022

We have developed new approaches to teaching and learning for the 2021/22 academic year.

We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2022 entry and beyond. We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our in-person teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.

Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

The table below gives you an idea of what learning looks like across a typical week. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.

This information is likely to change slightly for 2022 entry as our plans evolve. You'll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.

Learning structure: typical hourly breakdown in 2021/22

Live in-person on campus learning

Contact hours per week, per level:

5.5 hours

Live online learning

Average hours per week, per level:

8 hours

Tutor set learning activities

Average hours per week, per level:

3 hours

Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.

Definitions of terms

  • Live in-person on campus learning – This will focus on active and experiential sessions that are both:
    • Led by your tutors including seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations We’ll schedule all of this for you
    • Student-led by you and other students, like small group work and presentations.
  • Live online learning – This will include lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions led by your tutor and timetabled by us. It also includes student-led group work that takes place online

  • Tutor set learning activities – This covers activities which will be set for you by your tutor, but which you will undertake in your own time. Examples of this include watching online materials, participating in an online discussion forum, completing a virtual laboratory or reading specific texts. You may be doing this by yourself of with your course mates depending on your course and assignments. Outside of these hours, you’ll also be expected to do further independent study where you’ll be expected to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time.


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.

Dr David Westley
Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of Programmes for Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology

Dr Westley designs psychological interventions to help people to build emotional resilience, and to improve focus and creativity. He has published research on a range of topics including creativity, imagery, memory and psychological wellbeing.

Professor Antonia Bifulco
Professor of Lifepsan 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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