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Philosophy and Mental Health MA

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Distance without attendance


3 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course Summary

Our MA in Philosophy and Mental Health gives you a better understanding of psychiatry, and mental health care more broadly, as you analyse fundamental concepts.

The programme responds to a newly developing interdisciplinary field looking at conceptual and evaluative aspects of mental health care. It’s based on the Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, co-authored by the course leader.

Why study with us

  • You’ll critically examine assumptions that drive the mental health care agenda and develop analytic and argumentative skills to inform your practice.
  • Mental health raises conceptual as well as empirical difficulties and you’ll study key themes.
  • You’ll examine the role of values in diagnosis, the validity or objectivity of taxonomy and the central relationship of mind and brain.

Future careers

You’ll develop your analytical and argumentative skills with our MA in Philosophy and Mental Health. It will help inform your practice and, in some cases, could see you add to research being carried out in this newly developing field. Students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.


The module covers key aspects of the clinical process (psychopathology, classification, diagnosis, aetiology and prognosis), research and the use of evidence. It applies the concepts and tools of the philosophy of science to the nature of observation in the context of mental health care; the relation or not between the presence of values in psychiatric classification and its validity; the connection between diagnosis and explanation and the question of whether diagnostic skill can be codified; the relation of causal and meaningful explanation and the problem of induction and Evidence Based Medicine.

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Entry requirements

A recognised British honours degree to a good standard or a BTEC Higher Diploma/Certificate or its equivalent. In addition to standard access via prior academic qualifications, applications to this programme are also welcome from potential students with relevant practical experience in the field of mental health, for example, mental health nursing or patient advocacy.

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is an international, multi-campus university leading the way in contemporary postgraduate learning. A modern institution with nearly two centuries of educational heritage, UCLan was established in 1992 but can trace its roots all the way back to 1828. There are currently around 200 postgraduate courses on offer, designed to equip students with industry-ready skills and prepare them to excel in the...more