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Adult Mental Health

MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate |
This MSc is designed to enhance the abilities of health professionals to critically evaluate approaches to mental health care.

Key Information

Start date

January 2017


Full time: one year. Part time: two years

The normal period of registration for this programme is one year’s taught programme for full time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years’ taught programme for part time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

The maximum period of registration for this programme is five years.

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Full-time: £7,500 per year

Part-time: £3,750 per year


Full-time: £15,000 per year

Part-time: £7,500 per year

Who is it for?

This postgraduate course develops knowledge and skills to enable practitioners to work effectively with colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds, and to critically explore the dynamics and challenges of working in this context considering innovative ways of meeting the mental health needs of individuals and communities.

It is designed for all healthcare professionals working in mental health services including nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, other clinical staff, and workers from a wide range of allied statutory and voluntary agencies.


The MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Adult Mental Health) is designed for all healthcare professionals working in mental health services.

The course will provide students with the skills, knowledge and awareness in the assessment and formulation of mental health problems, evidence-based psychosocial interventions and contemporary issues in mental health. There is an opportunity to critically evaluate risk assessment and management across the life span as well as to understand the concepts which inform professional leadership. Students will develop a greater awareness of inter-professional practice and communication as well as an emphasis is on collaborative practice. The development of ethical and culturally sensitive practice and the placement of the service user and their carers are key priorities within this programme.

You will be given the opportunity to discuss key debates in health and social care provision, within multi-professional and interdisciplinary contexts. The course is designed to enhance the abilities of health professionals to critically evaluate approaches to compassionate mental health care and consider innovative ways of meeting the mental health needs of individuals and communities.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in a relevant subject.

Applicants should preferably have a professional qualification with at least a year of experience in health and social care including: voluntary sector; social work; education; primary care; mental health nursing; psychology; psychiatry; criminal justice; residential work; and those who are currently working in an agency with responsibility for aspects of inter-professional practice relating to their own discipline.

Please note that two references are required (At least one reference for recent graduates must be academic; other references could include a current employer). You will need to provide the referees’ work contact details when completing the application form. We will contact them separately after we have received your application.

English requirements

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 72.

Due to changes in the UKVI 's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

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Length of course

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

DegreeHome/EU full-time 2016/17Home/EU part-time 2016/17Non EU (overseas) full-time 2016/17Non EU (overseas) part-time 2016/17
MSc (180 credits)£7,500£3,750£15,000£7,500

Please note that fees are subject to annual increases.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

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The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

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Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including insitution-based taught modules; e-learning, work-based learning, lectures, self-directed study; tutorials; class-based seminars; reflective study; enquiry based learning; and workshops.

Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. Students will learn in large and small multiprofessional, multidisciplinary groups and will be supported to participate in independent learning.

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of a Masters level course, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. Assessment is diverse and includes essays; reflective practice; objective structured clinical examinations; practice-based assessments; poster presentations; case studies; data analysis; and seminar presentations with supporting papers.


Students must gain 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma. The addition of a dissertation leads to an MSc.

Details of modules are listed below.

Core modules

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

Discipline specific modules

  • Assessing and understanding mental health problems (15 credits)

This core elective module is designed for those involved in mental health services as clinicians, managers, and researchers. The module will link knowledge of condition distribution and risk factors with approaches to problem assessment, and will maintain a clinical and service user informed approach, which will assist participants’ abilities to contribute to the development and direction of service provision.

You will develop your understanding of the distribution and impact of mental health problems at a global, national, and local as well as an individual level. You will explore the epidemiology of mental health problems in relation to social and environmental factors, and examine the relationship between mental and physical health.

  • Evidence-based psychosocial interventions in mental health (15 credits)

This module is designed to provide mental health practitioners, managers and researchers with the ability to identify, understand and critically appraise the key evidence for the use of a range of psychosocial interventions aimed at improving the mental health outcomes of people with severe mental illness/distress and/or substance use problems. The module will include critical exploration of the evidence for establishing and maintaining therapeutic relationships; the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); case management and personalisation; family work/interventions; medication management; motivational interviewing; and Recovery approaches across mental health service environments. You may select to explore other particular interventions of interest where appropriate.

  • Contemporary issues in mental health (15 credits)

This module is specifically designed to provide mental health practitioners, researchers, and managers with critical awareness of contemporary debates in the field of mental health. This will include mental health policy, human rights, the political and practice landscape, influence of key consumers groups, patient safety methodology, legal aspects of mental health and novel practice initiatives.

Elective/optional modules

Students should choose two modules from the following:

  • Evidence Based Dementia Care (15 credits)

This evidence-based dementia care module aims to develop the knowledge base, skills and competencies of health, social work and social care practitioners to enable them to deliver high quality dementia care in a wide range of settings. The module aims to enhance your understanding and application of theoretical concepts and a range of evidence to guide the care for people with dementia and their carers.

You will be able to have a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of people with dementia and their carers. You will be able to integrate your learning into your role as a health and / or social care practitioner working with people with dementia and their carers and be able to deliver evidence based dementia practice/care.

You will be equipped to respond better to increasing pressures on the current health care system, including the rapid rise in the ageing population, increase in the number of people with dementia and the growing need to work creatively across traditional boundaries. You will be guided to identify and critique the evidence base for quality dementia care delivery. Your knowledge of evidenced-based practice in dementia care will be enhanced and challenged through a structured process of critical analysis and evaluation of the available research for efficacy and applicability to varied care situations and settings.

  • Risk Assessment & Management in Mental Health (15 credits)

In this module you will critically examine the evidence-base surrounding risk assessment that identifies predictability; systemic approaches; vulnerability for the child, adults and older adults; dangerous and suicidal behaviours; person-centred interventions. A significant emphasis within this module will focus on: positive risk management; collaboration with the service user and others involved in care; the importance of recognising and building on the service users’ strengths; the organisation’s role in risk management alongside the individual practitioners.

  • Liaison Mental Health Care (15 credits)

The overall aim of the module is to provide an inter-professional course which develops and/or enhances the knowledge and skills of those working or planning to work in the field of Liaison Health Care. This module will look specifically at models of liaison care and team working; current practice & care of the client with severe mental illness; risk assessment & management of deliberate self-harm & suicide; Liaison mental health care in relation to older adults; Liaison mental health care in relation to the child & adolescent; Legislation and liaison mental health care including capacity and consent; Liaison mental health care in relation to mental health & physical illness; Liaison mental health in relation to substance misuse and Evaluating liaison mental health care.

  • Child Protection: Working with risk and resilience (15 credits)

This child protection module is aimed at any student working professionally with children, young people and/or their families and carers. The main learning objectives will focus on developing student’s knowledge and awareness of the safe and ethical implementation in practice of safeguarding policy and legislative frameworks to promote effective interagency and collaborative practice in the statutory and voluntary sectors in line with
Working together to safeguard children (HM Government, 2006).

This module will examine and evaluate knowledge and skills to understand and identify risks and vulnerability and to consider the concept of resilience and its promotion in line with the emotional well-being of the child and its family. The module will be delivered collaboratively from a child health and a child and adolescent mental health perspective.

  • Professional Leadership (15 credits)

The delivery of successful health and social care services relies on effective leadership. This module takes a perspective that leadership is to be found in the many rather than the few. We are all leaders. Therefore the aim of the module is to help you recognise and develop your inherent leadership qualities, and have regard for the leadership qualities of others, whether these are peers and working colleagues, or those in formal positions of leadership responsibility. Rather than emphasise leadership generally, or histories and typologies of leadership theory, the approach is practical and straightforward. Looking at leadership in health and social care from this perspective will make you more effective in your role, and more prepared for future leadership responsibilities.

  • Early Identification & Psychological Development (15 credits)

In this module you will examine key developmental theories concerning psychological development, in conjunction with the concepts of early identification, to promote effective intervention, for optimum mental health in children, adolescents and their families. A range of factors drawn from genetic, cognitive and environmental influences will be critically evaluated.

  • Psychology for health and social care (15 credits)

This module looks at psychological and social factors associated with physical illness, the impact of illness on individuals, psychological intervention, and how this knowledge can be used in healthcare and social care practice.

Alternatively, students may undertake a module from the MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Child and Adolescent Mental Health).

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Career prospects

Our Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care graduates will gain a deep understanding and knowledge of adult mental health to therefore work effectively and collaboratively across professional agencies and boundaries. Previous students have gone on to secure influential roles within the professional areas of mental health and social care, the voluntary sector and health policy and management. Successful completion of the MSc fulfils the requirements for higher-grade, senior advanced practice posts in health and social care and qualifies students to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

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