• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time+Part Time
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Provides psychology graduates with advanced education in research and clinical practice in the psychology of mental health

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


Student support

Psychology is a small friendly department, allowing us to provide tailored individual support to our students.

Psychology students in a class


Our course draws upon the expertise of research and clinical psychologists to provide you with a unique education in the foundations of, and current issues in, the psychology of mental health. It is an ideal opportunity for those who wish to go on to study for a PhD in psychology or a doctorate in clinical psychology, as well as professionals working with children and adults. It is one of the only MSc courses in the UK on which you will be taught by clinical psychologists. Our students tell us they find the teaching and supervision contact with clinicians to be a key strength.

You’ll study advanced modules in the foundations of adult mental health and current issues in psychological health care, and one module of your choice from areas such as developmental psychopathology, evolution and behaviour, or social psychology. You will also learn advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods and will conduct a dissertation co-supervised by a member of academic staff and a clinical psychologist.

At Dundee, you will benefit from dedicated MSc social and study areas, an active student society, and will be taught by academic staff at the forefront of psychological research and clinical psychologists working in specialisms including forensic, child and adolescent, eating disorders, learning difficulties, addiction, primary care, older adult, and health psychology. You will have access to state of the art research equipment for, for example, tracking eye movements to measure attention, measuring brain activity, or conducting surveys and observational studies.

We are a small friendly department who offer focused teaching and research in psychology. This means that we get to know our students, and can provide them with the individual support they need throughout their studies. 

We are also situated in the School of Social Sciences, which will allow you to meet and socialise with students from other disciplines (e.g. business, geography, law, politics, and economics) and to attend seminars outwith psychology. This will allow you to situate your learning in a broader social context, as well as to network and make contacts across disciplines.

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

All our assessments are coursework-based, including essays, presentations, group work, and a research project.

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • talks by invited speakers

Core Modules

Foundations of Adult Mental Health will provide you with an understanding of clinical psychology, diagnosis vs. formulation, therapeutic approaches, depression and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, careers in clinical psychology.

Clinical & applied Psychology in:

  • healthcare settings,
  • forensic psychology,
  • addiction,
  • eating disorders,
  • learning disability,
  • child & adolescent mental health,
  • clinical health psychology,
  • psychological contributions to dementia treatment,
  • neuropsychology,
  • trauma,
  • suicide,
  • alternative ways to deliver effective treatments.

This module will be delivered by clinical psychologists from NHS Tayside. You will be taught in an interactive seminar environment where you will discuss readings and contribute to debates.

You will be assessed via 2 coursework essays.

(20 credits)

By the end of the module, you will be able to survey, review, and critique psychological literature; understand ethical issues in research; generate research ideas, evaluate them, and present a coherent case for a research project. You will have the opportunity to develop your ability and confidence in presenting your work in group presentations, written work and research posters. Assessment is 100% coursework.

(20 credits)

Approaches to collecting and analysing qualitative data, including interviewing (open, semi-structured or structured), ethnographic methods, single and multiple case studies, action research, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, textual analysis, content analysis, focus groups, and analysis of audio and video recordings. The class will involve student presentations and much classroom discussion. Formal assessment for this module takes the form of coursework exercises that require you to demonstrate knowledge about a broad range of methodological perspectives and debates.

(20 credits)

You will undertake a substantial individual research project. For Psychology of Metal Health this is jointly supervised by University Psychology staff and clinical psychologists from NHS Tayside. Assessment is via a written dissertation and a poster presentation.

(60 credits)

This module will provide an understanding of statistical analyses used in psychological research. Quantitative statistics methods will be explained on a high conceptual level, aiming for students to see links between particular analyses. Using this knowledge, students are encouraged to explore and interpret statistical output as well as clearly present the results. Topics will be taught in the context of design issues and students will analyse published data and replicate research findings. Classes will last two hours combining both lecture and computer workshop methods of teaching. To foster learning, weekly quizzes will be given and knowledge will be assessed using a range of methods such as poster and open-ended questions.

(20 credits)

Advanced modules

One advanced module, typically from

Developmental Psychopathology will introduce you to research and practical elements in infant mental health, foetal- and, neonatal psychology, child and adolescent developmental psychopathology.

Situates behaviour and psychology in the context of evolutionary history, allowing students to develop an understanding of the evolutionary processes that shape behaviour and of the methods employed in such research. Includes evolutionary processes including natural and sexual selection, evolution of sociality, altruism and kin selection, mate choice, evolution of intelligence, mating and evolutionary medicine.

(20 credits)

Introduces students to the interplay between group life and health, an interdisciplinary field of investigation that has produced very important findings over the last four decades. The dimensions of group life that will be discussed span from subjective group identification to extent of participation into group related activities. Includes social integration, actual and perceived social support, loneliness, stress, the dark side of social ties, and social identity.

(20 credits)

An advanced understanding of psychological health care and the psychology of mental health provides a foundation for those who wish to apply for a PhD in psychological research or for a doctorate in clinical psychology.  

“It was especially useful to receive lectures from a diverse range of practicing psychologists who allowed us to discuss a wide range of mental health issues with people with lots of first hand experience in the field. It provided us with more detail on future career choices. The statistical element of the course has made me more confident in analysing and interpreting data”

MSc in Psychology of Mental Health graduate

You should hold, or expect to hold a first or second class honours degree in Psychology. If your degree is from a UK University, it should confer eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society. If your degree is from a University outside the UK, we will assess eligibility on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions, please contact Dr Fhionna Moore.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fee statusFees for students starting academic year 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £8,350 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £8,350 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £20,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

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Course Contact

Dr Fhionna Moore
Social Sciences
+44 (0)1382 384629

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