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Adult Mental Health  MSc

Overview

The MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Adult Mental Health) postgraduate course is for all healthcare professionals working in mental health services. The course provides students the skills, knowledge and awareness in the assessment and formulation of mental health problems, evidence-based psychosocial interventions and contemporary issues in mental health.

Students have the opportunity to discuss key debates in health and social care provision in multi-professional and interdisciplinary contexts. This course is designed to enhance the abilities of health professionals to critically evaluate approaches to mental health care and consider innovative ways of meeting the mental health needs of individuals and communities.

Please note, this course does not lead to a qualification as a mental health nurse.

Dean's Scholarships

For those starting in January 2016, there are up to 12 Dean's Scholarships available, based on academic and clinical excellence. Each scholarship is worth £2,500, and will be awarded to students across all the routes of this course. Find out if you qualify and how to apply.

Who is the course for?

The course is for all healthcare professionals working in mental health services including nurses, social workers, psychologists, other clinical staff, and workers from a wide range of allied statutory and voluntary agencies. The course develops the 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 and consider innovative ways of meeting the mental health needs of individuals and communities.

Why study Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care at City University London (Adult Mental Health)?

  • Advance your existing practice and progress your leadership and research skills
  • Tailor the course to meet your person and professional needs
  • Expand and share your knowledge and experience with fellow health and social care students
  • Learn from academics who are internationally recognised and contributed to highly regarded published literature
  • Advance your career and professional aspirations

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.

Applicants who do not hold a degree but do have relevant employment experience in the health sector may be considered.

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.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £7,500 (MSc)
  • Part-time EU: £3,750 per year (MSc)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 (MSc)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year (MSc)
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Start Date:

The course starts in September and January each academic year

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 interprofessional 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

English Language 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 the University 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.

Please note that 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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
The course starts in September and January each academic year
Duration:
Full-time: four modules per term over one year Part-time: two modules per term over two years

Course Content

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).

Students undertake three core modules, three core elective modules and two optional modules.

Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please click on the CPPD links below each module.

Core modules:

Core elective modules include:

Optional modules include:

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

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.

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including university-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.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £7,500 (MSc)
  • Part-time EU: £3,750 per year (MSc)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 (MSc)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year (MSc)

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.

Funding

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

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

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:

Apply for scholarships using the official scholarships form.

Bursaries

You may also be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS bursary. Please visit the NHS Bursary page of our website, or the NHS Student Bursaries website for details.

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.