This flexible and unique programme is designed to allow practitioners who work in mental health services to build upon previous knowledge and experience in the field. It aims to enhance this prior knowledge and experience to facilitate your development and mastery in mental health-related skills and knowledge. It is anticipated that completing this MSc will enable you to contribute to the enhancement of professional mental health practice, research and service development.
Please note: This course does not lead to registration as a mental health nurse or other mental health practitioner.
You will be given the opportunity to study with others from a wide range of mental health settings and backgrounds, both nationally and internationally. It is hoped that the diversity of this learning environment stimulates enhanced learning of mental health issues, leading to improved practice and service development.
This MSc will allow you to plan your own individual study pathway to meet your personal, professional, academic and service needs. Furthermore, the optional modules can be taken at a pace and frequency that suits your circumstances, taking into account issues such as your location and work-life balance. As such, a number of modules are available via distance learning.
Overall, the programme is designed so that, where possible, credits achieved through prior study are recognised as part of the award.
Applicants undertaking this route take two core modules (180 credits):
Research methods module (30 credits)
A choice of either a traditional research methods approach (IPL4001: Social Research Methods) or a work based research approach (WBS4630: Advanced Practitioner Enquiry)
Dissertation/ Work based learning project module (60 credits)
The rest (90 credits) is made up of optional modules, which are chosen from the list below.
The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of 120 credits. This includes one core module; the rest (90 credits) is made up of optional modules, which are chosen from the list below.
The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of 60 credits – all optional modules, which are chosen from the list below.
Optional modules may include the following. This list is not exhaustive; you may choose other modules from any School within the University if they complement your programme of mental health studies or professional practice:
|MHR4604||Cognitive Behavioural Therapy||15|
|MHR4605||Risk Assessment and Management in Mental Health||15|
|MHR4606||Social Inclusion and Recovery in Mental Health||15|
|MHR4631||Meeting the needs of people with dementia and their carers||15|
|MHR4632||Delivering Evidence Based Dementia Care||15|
|MHR4620||Foundations in Working with Dual Diagnosis (available as Distance Learning)||30|
|MHR4622||Assessment and treatment in Dual Diagnosis (available as Distance Learning)||30|
|MHR4625/30||Practice Based Learning Project module||15/30|
|IPL4100||Leadership for Public and Community Services||15|
|IPL4200||Service Development and Quality Improvement||15|
|MHR3607||Physical Care Skills for Mental Health Professionals||15|
|WBS3815||Workplace Mentoring/Coaching (Distance Learning module)||20|
Please note the optional modules are subject to change.
The course leader for the MSc Mental Health Studies is Dr Michael Kelly. Teaching and support for the programme is provided by the Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine.
Teaching and learning
You will work on practical assignments as well as attending lectures, workshops and seminars, where you will take part in class discussions and give presentations. You will work on problem-solving exercises, case studies, role-play exercises and group exercises, and supplement all this with your own independent study, including online learning. You will submit a research proposal and dissertation or work-based project, for which you will receive one-to-one tuition.
As well as exams, practical assessments and your dissertation or project, you may be assessed through a variety of means: reports, critical reflections on practice, service reviews, literature reviews, critical reviews of evidence, reflective journals, study skills workshops, case studies, online quizzes, presentations and class discussions. These will depend on the modules you take. You will receive regular feedback on your work, both from your tutors and other students.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
All international students who have earned a qualification from an international institution must have their qualifications translated into English. You may do this by contacting UK NARIC.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
This programme is aimed at practitioners who have experience of working in a mental health setting. It provides an excellent opportunity for them to use their existing expertise, professional qualifications or work experience to gain a recognised qualification.
The Mental Health Studies Programme has been specifically designed to further your career within the industry through enhancing existing professional practice through personal development and self-managed learning, as well as consolidating and expanding your professional network. You will have the opportunity to gain a qualification that is directly relevant to your field of work and the projects you complete will also make a significant contribution to the achievement of your work objectives. Combined, these benefits provide a powerful stimulus to career development and enhancement in your professional area.
There are two potential routes to accessing the MSc in Mental Health Studies and what you study will vary according to the route you take. Applicants who have studied at a Higher Education Institute before and have gained academic credits may also APEL up to 90 credits of prior learning.
Please note that applications MUST be completed in full, including all past academic and employment experience. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and may delay the application process.
Applications close on 1 July for an October start.
Applicants who are former students of Middlesex University and who have completed either the PGDip in Mental Health Practice (Graduate Mental Health Worker) or the PGDip in Mental Health Nursing need only complete module IPL4050 (Developing Research Capacity).
Applicants who wish to take a traditional academic route may find details of their potential course of study here.
This course is offered part time. You can choose to study the full Masters or you may step off the programme to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma, providing you have achieved the appropriate number of credits. The fees below are only applicable to self-funding students and are for the 2016/2017* academic year.
|Part time course fees 2017*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|PG Dip (120 taught credits)||TBC||TBC|
|PG Cert (60 taught credits)||TBC||TBC|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
Alumni of Middlesex University can apply for a discount on the course fees, and may also benefit from a number of potential scholarship routes.
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.
If your course fees will be paid for by an NHS Trust under contract with the University, then please download an application form by following the link from our CPD health webpage.
However, if your course fees will not be paid for by an NHS Trust under contract with the University (for example, you are funding your own studies), please complete the Middlesex University application from our postgraduate applications webpage.