Postgraduate MSc

Applied Psychology (Therapies)

School of Health and Society





One year

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2023


In a nutshell

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.

You will:

  • Have the opportunity to 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 is for you if...


You have a sound understanding of core psychology and an interest in applied psychology


You want to help further research in this field


You want to become a leader in your profession

Course details

All about the course

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.

Year one

Research Methods in Psychology

Develop a rigorous approach to the process of research and to prepare you to complete a research dissertation in the field of applied psychology and psychological therapies.

Psychological Therapies for Common Mental Health Disorders

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.

Addictive Behaviours

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.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Physical Health

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.


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

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


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:

  • Theoretical essays
  • Reflective essays
  • Research proposal
  • Dissertation

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing. The school is home to a dedicated Psychology Laboratory.

Teacher profiles

Dr Lynne Marrow

Lecturer in Psychology and Programme leader of the MSc Applied Psychology (Addictions)

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.

Dr Simon Cassidy

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

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

Linda is an 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.

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.


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What about after uni?

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.


What you need to know


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.

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.

English language requirements 

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Please note: Due to the structure of this programme, it is not available to applicants who require a Tier 4 visa.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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

Alternative entry requirements

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2023/24 £8,550per year
Full-time international 2023/24 £15,750per year

Additional costs

You should consider additional costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2023

September 2024