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
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!
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.
Research Methods in Psychology (30 credits)
Addictive Behaviour (30 credits)
Psychological Therapies for Common Mental Health Disorders (30 credits)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Physical Health (30 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in psychology or other health/social care related discipline, e.g. counselling, health sciences, nursing.
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).
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.
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.
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.
This course is taught using a mixture of approaches including the following:
You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:
86% of students said the subjects are enthusiastically taught by staffPGSES 2010
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
"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.
The course provides a sound basis for postgraduate research study at MPhil/PhD level.
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MSc (one year full-time or three years part-time)
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