Psychosocial Interventions

MSc Psychosocial Interventions

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2022
Are you passionate about helping people? Are you ready to develop in or pursue a career working to support those in need? Our MSc Psychosocial interventions degree will help you make a huge difference to the lives of people living with mental and physical health problems like schizophrenia, personality disorder, cancer and diabetes.
The positive impact you’re capable of making is limitless, and this course is just the beginning of that journey.
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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

This course is designed for those interested in developing skills and knowledge for the assessment and solution-focused management of people with certain physical and mental health conditions.

It will be of particular relevance for people with a background in the social sciences, mental health or nursing.

Our course is also suitable for practitioners in forensic psychology, including all aspects of health and justice, who are currently working with people benefiting from such interventions.

There are a number of other, less obvious, contexts these interventions can be applied to like long-term conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and epilepsy.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

We offer flexible ways to study, meaning you can choose to complete this course as a PGCert, PGDip or continue to the full MSc. You can also choose to study over two years or add a third year in which you’ll focus solely on your dissertation. This option is helpful for those with a particularly busy personal or work life.

Our programme at Bucks is unique and forms a broader subject base than other postgraduate courses in this field. It encapsulates psychosocial interventions with all forms of mental health and the application of interventions to physical health issues.

We’ll provide you with the skills to critically understand the principle concepts, theories and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions within various organisations meaning you can apply your learning in a broad range of contexts and environments.

What facilities can I use?

With access to our virtual learning environment, no matter where you are you can access useful resources like podcasts, readings, presentations and online lectures as well as all of your core module material.

When you’re on campus, you’ll also have full use of our library which is packed with all the information you need for your assignments – you can dive into hundreds of specialist books, journal articles, industry publications and specialist online resources. Not to mention there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study time.

What will I study?

Psychosocial interventions relate to an individual’s psychological development and how this interacts with a social environment. Generally, psychosocial interventions cover psychological aspects like behavioural, cognitive, humanistic and motivational. There is also a social approach including focusing on families or wider social networks and local communities.

Students on the MSc programme are exposed to the underlying principles and frameworks of interventions like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Interventions Skills, Motivational Enhancement Skills and Positive Psychology.

You’ll learn about various clinical approaches, allowing problem-solving and critical reflection in order to develop creative solutions when dealing with complex clinical and social issues.

Throughout the course you’ll also study important topics like applied research skills, data analysis and interpretation, forensic health skills and family intervention skills.

How will I be taught and assessed?

The course is run predominantly online, with the programme materials and resources being posted for each module on our virtual learning environment. You can take yourself through each module at your own pace meaning you can confidently balance your studies with other personal and professional commitments.

You’ll be expected to attend 20 days per year at the High Wycombe campus for face-to-face teaching and we encourage you to allocate time each week for self-directed study so you can be sure to keep on top of your work and deadlines.

You’ll be assessed in a number of different ways, including literature reviews, reflexive reports, role-plays, oral presentations, debate and the design, planning and implementation of your own interventions. For the full MSc, you’ll also complete a final dissertation project.

Useful Documents

MSc PGDip Psychosocial Interventions Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants would normally have achieved 2.1 in a social science degree. Alternatively, candidates may have professional qualifications and/or directly relevant work experience. A first degree in psychology is not a pre-requisite.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Applied Research Skills

Data Analysis and Interpretation

Postgraduate Dissertation

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£5,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects? 

On successful completion of the course, you’ll have gained a strong understanding of the principle concepts, theories and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions.

You’ll have the foundational skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding required for the engagement, assessment and formulation of interventions to respond to the needs of people who experience particular conditions and how to help them in their social environments.

You’ll be able to critically reflect and problem solve to develop and apply creative solutions when dealing with certain clinical issues meaning you can confidently consider a career or develop further as a health or mental health professional, psychologist, social worker, forensic practitioner or service manager.