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Adult Mental Health (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Adult Mental Health (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Caring Skills (Specialist) Health Studies Mental Health Nursing (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This MSc is designed for professionals working in adult mental health and social care, this MSc will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to critically evaluate approaches to mental health and transform care.

Who is it for?

This course has been developed for all healthcare professionals working in mental health services, including:

  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical staff
  • Workers from a wide range of allied statutory and voluntary agencies.

The course will help you develop an understanding and knowledge of adult mental health and the ability to work effectively and collaboratively across professional agencies.


The Adult Mental Health MSc will help you:

  • develop the skills, knowledge and awareness in the assessment and formulation of mental health problems, evidence-based psychosocial interventions and contemporary issues in mental health.
  • critically evaluate risk assessment and management
  • understand the concepts which inform professional leadership
  • develop a greater awareness of inter-professional practice and communication, with an emphasis on collaborative practice
  • work more effectively in an inter-professional context with practitioners and professionals within mental health, social care and associated fields
  • understand the development of ethical and culturally sensitive practice
  • recognise how the placement of the service user and their carers are key priorities
  • discuss key debates in health and social care provision, within multi-professional and interdisciplinary contexts
  • understand the approaches to mental health promotion at individual, community and wider societal levels
  • develop strategies to overcome the barriers to inter-agency and inter-professional working and promote the wider social inclusion of people with mental distress
  • critically apply theory, evidence and personal experience to practice, promoting more effective care and support to people experiencing mental distress, and their carers
  • evaluate approaches to compassionate mental health care and consider innovative ways of meeting the mental health needs of individuals and communities.

Career prospects:

As a graduate of this programme, you will gain a deep understanding and knowledge of adult mental health. This will enable you to work effectively and collaboratively across professional agencies and boundaries.

Previous graduates have gone on to secure influential roles within:

  • The professional areas of mental health and social care.
  • The voluntary sector.
  • Health policy and management.

Successful completion of the MSc enables you to fulfil the requirements for higher-grade, senior advanced practice posts in health and social care.

It will also qualify you to apply for research posts and conduct independent research.

Students can progress into the MSc after successful completion of the PgCert and PgDip.

Different course options

Full time | Northampton Square | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 Credits) - Core
Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 Credits) - Core
Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

To apply for this course, students should have a lower second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in a relevant subject. Preferably, students should have a professional qualification with at least one year of experience in health and social care, such as: Voluntary sector, Social work, Education, Primary care, Mental health nursing, Psychology, Psychiatry, Criminal justice, Residential work, Currently working in an agency with responsibility for aspects of inter-professional practice relating to your own discipline. Students will need to provide two references (at least one reference for recent graduates must be academic; other references could include a current employer).

University information

City, University of London is a leading UK university, with a global vision and a commitment to transforming lives through education. It is home to 20,000 students, 46% of which are studying at postgraduate level, and has an alumni of more than 140,000 graduates, from over 180 countries. The University is divided into five different Schools: Cass Business School School of Arts & Social Sciences School of Health Sciences School of...more