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Applied Psychology (Therapies)


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Psychology and Public Health

Start Date(s): September


MSc (one year full-time or three years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (four months full-time or nine months part-time)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,560

In Brief:

  • Follow a route to a professional doctorate and research career paths in psychology
  • Understand psychological theories that have a central role to play in modern healthcare provision
  • Receive support from a highly qualified team of psychology staff
  • Part-time study option

Course Summary

This course will equip you with a valuable professional insight into topics including the causes of addiction and how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other evidence based psychotherapies can be used to help address stress, depression,chronic pain and other related disorders.

You'll find the course particularly relevant if you are working in the NHS or healthcare independent sector, including addiction clinics, and want to develop your knowledge and understanding of psychological therapy beyond the basic level offered in some professional qualification courses.

For further information, take a look at our Psychology blog.

I believe that the Masters has been vital to me in securing employment within psychology, as before I completed the course I had been applying for all advertised jobs and did not even receive an offer of interview. After completion, I was offered 2 interviews, and was offered the job after the first one!

Midori Lumsden - Assistant Psychologist CAMHS Learning Disability Team

The aim of this course is to enable you to develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of applied psychology in the context of psychological intervention and therapeutic modalities including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

The full-time route is structured over 12 months and comprises of three 10 week semesters. In semester 1 and 2 you will complete two taught modules in each semester. In semester 3 you will complete your dissertation under the supervision of one of the course tutors. If you choose to follow the part-time route you will complete the course over three years, completing two taught modules in each of the first two years and the dissertation in your third year.

The dissertation module on this course will also give you the opportunity to pursue an area of applied psychology and psychological therapies directly related to your own work or interest.

Full-time study option:

Year 1, Semester 1

Develop a rigorous approach to the process of research and to prepare you to complete research dissertation in the field of applied psychology and psychological therapies.
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practical application of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), together with a critical evaluation of its utilisation in addiction and associated depression and anxiety disorders.

Year 1, Semester 2

Develop a theoretical and evidence-based critique of the psychology and treatment of addictions. You will also critically evaluate the range of addictive and compulsive behaviours to identify the range of complex problems and risks experienced by the 'addict' in western society.
This module provides a rigorous theoretical and evidence-based introduction to using CBT with clients who have physical health conditions. Develops skills in the use of CBT specifically with clients who require chronic disease self-management.

Year 1, Semester 3

Provides you with the opportunity to pursue an area of applied psychology and psychological therapies that directly relates to your own work or interests.

Part-time route

Year 1, Semester 1

Research Methods in Psychology (30 credits)

Year 1, Semester 2

Addictive Behaviour (30 credits)

Year 2, Semester 1

Psychological Therapies for Common Mental Health Disorders (30 credits)

Year 2, Semester 2

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Physical Health (30 credits)

Year 3

Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in psychology or other health/social care related discipline, e.g. counselling, health sciences, nursing.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

Psychology graduates (and graduates in related disciplines) and health and social care professionals who are interested in therapeutic treatment options. The course is also a route towards a professional doctorate or an academic / research career.

Applicant profile

Ideally you will have a sound understanding of core psychology, an interest in applied psychology and psychological interventions and a desire for professional development within psychology. Experience gained working in an applied setting or with individuals receiving therapeutic interventions will provide valuable context for the course.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.


This course is taught using a mixture of approaches including the following:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Discussion/debates
  • Video presentation
  • Research seminars and workshops
  • Guest speaker presentations
  • Virtual learning environment, online resources and web based learning / CD-Rom training packages
  • Student presentations
  • Directed study


You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • Theorectical essays
  • Reflective essays
  • Research proposal
  • Dissertation

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Simon Cassidy
Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Programme Leader for the MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies)

Simon is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is an experienced teacher, receiving the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and an experienced researcher. Current research projects include psychological resilience and self-efficacy and exploring cognitive style through brain imaging and eye movement. Cassidy, S 2012 'Intellectual Styles: Measurement and Assessment', in: Sternberg, R J & Zang, L & Rayner, S (eds.), Handbook of Intellectual Styles: Preferences in Cognition, Learning, and Thinking, Springer Publishing Co., NY, USA, pp.67-89.

Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall
Lecturer in Psychology and Programme Leader for the MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies)

Linda is a HCPC Registered Clinical and Counselling Psychologist and a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. She designed the in-house counselling service for the University of Salford. She researches cultic influences, CBT and physical health, technology enhanced psychotherapy and self-care and ethical issues for psychological therapists. Linda is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Lynne Marrow
Lecturer in Psychology

Lynne gained her PhD in behavioural Neuropsychopharmacology from the University of Reading. Her research interests include: Dopamine systems, movement disorders, schizophrenia, depression, the reward system, substance misuse and aggression.

Anne Pearson
Lecturer in Psychology

Anne is Module Leader for Psychological Therapies for Common Mental Health Disorders and has research interests in emotional intelligence, positive psychology and counseling psychology.


This course has helped students to progress to leadership positions within the field of psychological therapies and to advance to more senior practitioner and research roles. Some of our graduates have received bursaries toward PhD study.

Career Prospects

This course is an excellent springboard in applied psychology that you can use to become a leader in your profession. It could open doors to more senior roles (including Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) in CBT and therapeutic intervention – two areas that government views as key to effective modern healthcare provision.

Alumni Profile

"Through my course at Salford, I secured an Honorary Assistant Psychologist position with a local NHS Clinical Psychology Service, which was advertised via the MSc Applied Psychology course.  The post enabled me to obtain the invaluable experience of working within a Clinical Psychology department, applying theory to practice and confirmed my passion for a career in this field.

After volunteering for a year and a half and completing my MSc research alongside the team, I was delighted to be offered a full time Assistant Psychologist position within this service.

I thoroughly enjoyed the module ‘An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ where we were supported to develop our in skills in the application of CBT for common mental health problems. Alongside the CBT theory, we were provided with lots of opportunities for role play and it was great to get constructive feedback from the tutors.”

Maria Hughes, MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies), 2015

Alumni have been accepted into PhD Clinical Psychology Programmes. Some of the graduates have gained employment with the NHS in the roles of:  Assistant Psychologist, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (High Intensity), and Clinical Studies Officer. Some have worked in the management of psychological self-help services. Some have pursued teaching and research careers.

Further Study

The course provides a sound basis for postgraduate research study at MPhil/PhD level.

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