Psychological Well-Being and Mental Health (MSc)

Nottingham Trent University

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1 year

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About Psychological Well-Being and Mental Health at Nottingham Trent University

The Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health Masters degree is designed to equip you with an in-depth knowledge of psychological theory relevant to the improvement and maintenance of psychological wellbeing and sound mental health in adults. It's ideal if you are intending to work – or are already employed – in health care, counselling, social care and related areas.

How you're taught

The course is delivered primarily through interactive workshops, seminars and discussions, small group teaching and one-on-one supervision, although there may also be some lectures.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis through:

  • assessed essays
  • group / individual presentations
  • book proposals
  • laboratory reports
  • literature reviews

And your research project / dissertation work and your specialist essay work which is written up as an academic article suitable for publication in a peer reviewed academic journal.

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.

A supportive and active research environment

Throughout the course you will benefit from research-informed teaching. You may be interested in finding out about our Addiction and Aberrant Behaviours and Wellbeing research groups and our Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit, Emergency Services Research Unit and International Gaming Research Unit.

Psychology at NTU has an established international research reputation and is one of the top risers in the REF 2014 research rankings. The 2014 Assessment also showed:

  • 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014
  • 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading
  • Our research impact and output is the highest of any UK psychology department with an equivalent research environment.

Find out more about our 2014 Research Excellence Framework results.

Careers and employability

Your future career in Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health
Students generally choose the MSc Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health because they wish to pursue a career working in a mental health setting or because they already work in such a setting and hope to improve their prospects of promotion and career progression. You may choose to pursue an academic and / or research career in psychology following graduation (by working as a research assistant or associate, for example, or by studying for a PhD). Psychology graduates with BPS GBC status may also be interested in this course if they are considering doctoral study towards a career as a clinical or counselling psychologist.

Your qualification in Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health is likely to be popular with a whole range of potential employers because, in addition to possessing in-depth theoretical knowledge of a range of mental health issues, you will also have demonstrated transferable skills in the ability to write essays and reports and to talk and present in front of other people.

Previous graduates have gone on to careers as:

  • Assistant Psychologists
  • Assistant Case Manager
  • Prison Custody Office
  • Online Community Coordinator
  • Family Support Worker
  • Learning Disability Support Worker
  • Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Mental Health Support Worker

*Data extracted from the Nottingham Trent University Graduate Destinations Database 2009-10 to 2013-14

Careers and job application advice is available to all our postgraduate students and is provided on a one-to-one basis by a subject specialist within the Department, supported by the University wide careers service. We're very proud of the achievements of our many graduates and look forward to helping you graduate to a successful career.


As a psychology student you will benefit from our dedicated learning environment. We have specialist research laboratories including eye trackers, motion capture labs and an £80,000 EEG system. These facilities support staff research as well as student projects in the exciting areas of human cognition, behavioural neuroscience, human interaction and communication, and human development.

You will also have easy access to fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:

  • Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms;
  • Open access PCs and secure wireless points;
  • Study areas and social spaces;
  • Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks;
  • Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

Study options for this course

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

The application form requires a written statement in which you should outline the reasons for wishing to undertake the MSc Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health course. We will be looking to ensure that you have a sound rationale for joining the course based on a realistic appreciation of the materials to be studied and the related practice areas.

If you are unsure of your status and / or would like an informal discussion with the course leader, please contact us.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.

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