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MSc in Mental Health Science

MSc in Mental Health Science

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2.75 years

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Medical Sciences People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

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Course Summary

This MSc looks at the biological and psychological underpinnings of mental health science. You’ll examine anxiety, depression, psychosis and dementia from a biopsychosocial perspective. You’ll gain advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary topics in mental health science. Plus, acquire the skills to critically evaluate literature, discuss issues and communicate your understanding. You’ll also plan and carry out an academically rigorous research project. And develop skills and knowledge relevant to further research, employment and professional practice.

Key features of the course

  • Develops knowledge and understanding of key topics in mental health science (stress, anxiety, depression, psychosis and dementia).
  • Explores current issues and research at the forefront of mental health science.
  • Develops skills that are essential for a critical understanding of mental health science and relevant to professional practice.
  • Culminates with an in-depth individual research project in an area of mental health science.

Career relevance

This qualification is directly relevant to research and employment in the fields of medical and psychological sciences (neuroscience, psychology, health sciences). It will develop the critical skills and knowledge that are relevant to employment within the health sector, life sciences, medical and related fields, and to inform and strengthen professional practice.

The programme is designed for those seeking to expand their knowledge and understanding of mental health from an interdisciplinary ‘biopsychosocial’ (neuroscience, psychology and health science) perspective. It is suitable for those who wish to move on to doctoral training, as well as those who are working in clinical roles who wish to further inform and strengthen their professional practice.


This module develops postgraduate skills, and introduces key topics in mental health science (stress, anxiety and depression) from biological, psychological and social science perspectives. You will broaden your knowledge and understanding of these affective disorders, recognise different lines of evidence, appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of current knowledge, discuss contemporary issues, and evaluate, synthesise and communicate your understanding of these key topics in mental health science.

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Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification will typically require a minimum of an honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in science or a science-related subject (including psychological sciences, health science, mental health nursing or medicine).