MSc Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis

Course summary

This new, innovative skills focused course has been designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and competence to work collaboratively with service users with a serious mental health problem, using evidence-based interventions.

Why choose this course
On completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Provide safe and effective evidence based psychosocial treatments for psychosis with service users and their families/carers.
  • Combine individual clinical expertise with a knowledge of current best evidence from systematic research, when making decisions about treatment of individual service users.
  • Continually evaluate competence in evidence based interventions for psychosis, identifying and responding to needs for further personal and professional development.
  • Utilise clinical supervision to ensure that practice is safe, effective and professionally accountable.
  • Maintain a comprehensive awareness of relevant developments in research, practice and policy and modify practice accordingly, identifying where there are gaps in the evidence.
  • Assess the use of evidence based interventions in your practice area and facilitate changes to policy and practice to foster dissemination.

The MSc comprises of 180 academic credits at Level 7. The flexible nature of this course means you can choose an acute or longer term focus to your studies, making it relevant to the practice area you work in.

The course is delivered by a practicing and highly experienced Mental Health Lecturer Practitioner, ensuring clear integration of theory to contemporary practice. The design of this course allows you to work in your own clinical area and enhance and develop your clinical competence through supervised work with mental health service users and families/carers.

Please contact the Course Leader Nicki Moone for further information.

The course is THORN accredited. THORN has been identified as the 'Gold Standard' training course for multi-disciplinary mental health professionals. The course is designed to enable you to become a change agent and champion, actively incorporating evidence-based practice into routine service provision, through your own and others' work.

Career progression
Practitioners completing this course will be able to demonstrate advanced clinical, organisational, communication and interpersonal skills, enhancing the client and carer experience and outcomes.

Course detail

You will study and successfully pass the following seven modules, in order to achieve the MSc Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis:

MSc (180 credits at Level 7):

  • Assessment and Case Formulation L7 – 20 credits
  • Family Intervention L7 – 20 credits
  • Medication Management and Physical Wellbeing L7 – 20 credits
  • Evidence Based Psychosocial interventions for Psychosis L7 OR Brief Interventions in Acute Mental health Care L7 – 20 credits
  • Practice Based Innovation Project L7 - 40 credits
  • Research Methods L7 – 20 credits
  • Dissertation L7 – 40 credits

The application process is quick and easy and is now completed on-line (as is your organisations approval, if your employer is funding your course). Guidance re the application process and the dates of the study days for each module are available here N.B. the PSI modules are also available as standalone modules.

What will I learn in each of the Psychosocial Intervention Modules and how will this enhance my practice?

Assessment and Case Formulation L7

This module will equip you with the knowledge, skills and competence to:

  • Assess service users in a systematic and holistic manner including their strengths, hopes, goals and aspirations
  • Develop a collaborative case formulation with service users
  • Underpin the process of assessment and case formulation with a recovery focused approach

Family Intervention L7

This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Use assessment tools and develop a working case formulation of strengths and needs with a service user and their family
  • Deliver and evaluate family intervention in practice with a service user and their family/carers
  • Examine the evidence base for family interventions
  • Evaluate and reflect on your own practice using a self-rating tool

Medication Management and Physical Well Being L7

This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Assess the physical health of a service user with mental illness
  • Assess the medication management needs of a service user with mental illness
  • Review the assessment outcomes and draw together salient themes into a working case conceptualisation in collaboration with a service user
  • Deliver a range of evidenced based interventions to promote medication management and physical wellbeing

Evidence Based Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis L7

This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand the impact of a mental health problem and diagnosis on service user
  • Develop an evidence based plan of interventions for common psychotic symptoms and related phenomena and distress, in collaboration with a service user, using validated assessment tools, case formulation and outcome measures
  • Treat clients with complex presentations and co-morbid conditions using appropriate interventions and strategies
  • Examine the evidence-base underpinning psychosocial intervention models for psychosis

Brief Interventions in Acute Mental Health Care L7

  • Assess clients in acute mental distress and collaboratively plan care
  • Deliver and evaluate a range of evidence-based brief interventions to clients with a range of acute mental health problems

Practice Based Innovation Project L7

This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Undertake a service development project focusing on evidence based psychosocial interventions, appropriate to your own clinical setting/area
  • Evaluate your clinical area through engagement with the major stakeholders
  • Reflect on your leadership and change management skills

Assessment Methods:

We use a variety of methods to promote the development of your clinical skills and competence. These include:

  •  audio recording of a clinical session with a service user
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • reflective account
  • integration project

Clinical Supervision
As psychosocial intervention training involves active learning through implementing the tools, skills and knowledge in your clinical setting, you will have a designated PSI clinical supervisor based in your workplace, for the duration of the module/course. The module tutors, in liaison with your employer, will assist in identifying a supervisor.

Entry requirements

You will:

Hold a first degree.

Be a mental health practitioner, in current employment in the UK – you must have access to and be working with service-users who have experience of psychosis and psychosis-related problems for the duration of the course.

Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at IELTS Level 7.

Candidates who do not meet the academic requirements may still qualify for entry through relevant work experience.



Students may be funded by their employer or opt to self-fund.


A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries. In the 2017 - 18 academic year, they included:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply for most of our Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters’ Degree courses using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

International students

To apply for a Masters’ Degree course, please complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

More about the application process for international students.

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During the course

Teaching staff

What our students say

Vicky Naidoo, MSc Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis

'I have been enjoying the challenge of completing an MSc research project within Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis; however, will not deny that it is a big commitment on top of working full-time.

I am nearing the end of the final dissertation module. I have learnt skills for working better with people who have a psychosis or other serious mental illnesses.

Completing the PgDip changed the way I worked as a mental health practitioner and has influenced decisions I now make as a clinical lead. The expert and inspirational teaching provided by the Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis lecturers', in particular Nicki Moone had a huge influence on my practice and has left me with immense gratitude.

The research proposal module was very informative and gave detail around various methodologies and the philosophy behind research. I am now nearing the end of the MSc and have found the task of developing a research project fascinating and feel very proud to call myself a researcher. I would encourage all healthcare professionals to add to the field of research and also improve their skills to become expert practitioners.'

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

On successful completion of the course practitioners report an increase in knowledge, clinical expertise and confidence in providing a range of evidence-based interventions. The range of interventions covered during the course will enable you to work in a variety of services accessed by mental health service users.

Study progression

Further study:

You could consider a variety of other courses and modules provided by the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare:
- PgCert/PgDip/MSc Professional Practice (Complex Mental Health Needs)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Mental Health)
- PgCert Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
- MPhil/ PhD Research Degrees
- Professional Doctorate