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Personality Disorder (Research) MSc

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Psychiatry Mental Health Nursing (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Our innovative Personality Disorder programmes shed light on a complex area for the mental health professional. You’ll enhance your understanding and practice and gain skills that will support your leadership of the development and planning of services to benefit users.

The course responds to national policy developments and explores current thinking around personality disorder.

The course is relevant to a range of professionals (i.e. nursing, psychiatry, probation, social work, and occupational therapy) who work with this client group, and will encourage students to challenge their own, and others thinking about this diagnosis.

Why study with us

  • The course content reflects the need to develop evidence-based practice, giving you an insight into the main issues of personality disorder.
  • Course content is delivered by practitioners with expertise in this field, and includes input from experts by experience, experts by occupation, and established researchers in personality disorder.

Future Careers

Students who successfully complete this course could continue their studies in the form of a PhD or Professional Doctorate.

The course leader or one of the research staff can offer support and guidance in relation to this.


The aims of this module are to build upon students capabilities when working with individuals with personality disorder. It aims to provide an overview of the context of personality disorder, its philosophical and ideological underpinnings and the place of personality disorder in mental health research and policy. The module will offer students an opportunity to enhance their practice and progress along the personality disorder skills escalator (NIMHE 2003) within the context of their practice and will include service user and carer perspectives. The key learning outcomes of this module include; models of PD, ideological basis of PD in the context of practice, exploration of attitudes, beliefs and values, service options and evidence-based practice for individuals with PD. Sessions on self-awareness, therapeutic connections, emerging PD including.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£867 per 20 credits

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

A recognised British first degree or its equivalent, or a BTEC Higher Diploma / Certificate. It is also expected that students will be working with individuals identified as experiencing personality disorder.

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a forward-thinking university with multiple campuses and a truly international community of student learners. Founded in 1828, it has become one of the UK’s largest universities, with almost 200 years of heritage in delivering high-quality education. UCLan offers a portfolio of over 200 employment-oriented courses, aimed at preparing graduates for successful and impactful careers. The...more