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Psychological Therapy in Primary Care

This course develops students competency in the assessment and treatment of adult patients suffering from a range of common mental health disorders typically presenting in primary care settings. Thereafter it is expected that trainees continue in supervised clinical practice in order to consolidate and develop further their clinical skills.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society and an Honours degree in Psychology (2:1 or above) and should have appropriate personal qualities suited to employment in the NHS. Some experience of working in a caring or clinical setting is desirable but not essential. Recruitment is jointly undertaken by representative senior academic and NHS staff. Please check our website for English language requirements.

Course modules

Modules include: assessment, diagnosis and formulation; principles and methods of psychological therapy; problem specific cognitive behavioural therapy for common mental health disorders in primary care; professional and ethical issues; research, evaluation and outcome; research project.

Assessment methods

The course comprises approximately 50 per cent academic study and 50 per cent practical clinical placement work. Academic assessment will be by case reports based on NHS clinical work, examinations, an essay and a dissertation. In addition, the successful completion of the 1st 3 modules listed above depends on the receipt of a satisfactory assessment of clinical competence from your NHS clinical supervisor.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Dundee City Campus Dundee DD1 4HN Scotland

Key information

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