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Mental Health Studies (Top-up) MSc

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Mental Health Studies (Top-up) MSc

October 2019
1 year part-time
£27 per dissertation credit (UK/EU)
£46 per dissertation credit (INT)
Course leader
Alfonso Pezzella

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

This Top-up masters is for alumni of Middlesex University who wish to continue their development in the field of mental health through undertaking a research project and convert their PGDip into a full MSc qualification.

Why study MSc Mental Health Studies (Top-up) at Middlesex University?

This programme is designed to allow Middlesex graduates with a PG Dip Nursing (Mental Health) or a PG Dip Mental Health Practice to build on their knowledge by undertaking a mental health related research project.

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. Applicants wishing to undertake a professional nursing programme, please visit our Nursing pages.

Course highlights

  • Design and implement your own research project
  • Network and work with researchers in the field of mental health
  • Middlesex is a leading provider of health education, with one of the highest student satisfaction ratings in London and established relationships with London's leading mental health trusts
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on MSc Mental Health (Top-up)?

This Masters degree comprises a single module and the successful completion will enable you to convert your PGDip to an MSc Mental Health Studies. The module will allow you to study social research design and rigour in social research processes including sampling, data gathering and data analyses methods.

What will you gain?

You will have refined your project management knowledge and skills through the implementation of a research project. You will also have developed your high quality data gathering and analysis skills.

  • Module

    • Developing Research Capability (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on developing your research capability as part of your professional practice within a health and social care context by designing and implementing your own research proposal. You will be expected to formulate a research question or problem and create a plan of work in the form of a research proposal to answer the question or find a solution to the problem. You will also construct a robust ethical framework to guide decision making during the research process.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indivative and may be subject to change.

How is the MSc Mental Health Studies (Top-up) taught?

You will be supported to refine your research problem or question by five one-day workshops, individual tutorials and supervision. It is expected that you will already have a research topic you wish to investigate so you can gain support early in your studies and refine the topic into a researchable question.


The module uses three types of assessment:

  • Formative: student class presentations for oral feedback
  • Compulsory formative: production of a research proposal 3000 words for written feedback
  • Summative: research dissertation / project of 12000 words.
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How can the MSc Mental Health Studies (Top-up) support your career?

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. Past graduates have gone on to study Clinical Psychology programmes.

Alfonso Pezzella
Programme leader

Alfonso Pezzella is the course leader for MSc Mental Health Studies. Alfonso teaches on a variety of topics including research methods, SPSS, mental health, LGBT issues and transcultural issues in health. Alfonso is currently working on a European project (IENE 5) led by Professor Irena Papadopoulos (Middlesex University) and five other European countries, which aims to develop a MOOC in Intercultural Communication Skills and Patient Safety. He is also working on various research projects on LGBT inclusion in the curriculum in health and social care and LGBT and mental health.

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