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Perinatal Mental Health PgCert / PgDip / MSc

Perinatal Mental Health PgCert / PgDip / MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Health Care Management / Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course has been designed as a positive response to the national imperative for more education and training for healthcare professionals in perinatal mental health, and has been designed to equip healthcare professionals who may require knowledge at different levels and to meet different service needs. Modules offer an opportunity to explore different aspects of perinatal mental health and to increase student's knowledge and skills in relation to complex and challenging issues within perinatal mental health. In addition, this course is also offered to non-health and social care professionals who have experience of working in the mental health or woman’s health field or voluntary organisations, who want the opportunity to engage with the wider issues of perinatal mental health. Students can apply for the PgCert, and then continue to the PgDip and MSc if they choose to. Alternatively, they can apply for the full MSc course, which includes the PgCert and PgDip modules as well as a dissertation. For the majority of students, this course will enable students to care for women and families experiencing mental health issues with more confidence and competence, fulfilling the need placed within current universal services and will increase their employability as a healthcare professional involved in the provision of care for women during pregnancy and the puerperium. For others, this course will enable students to seek more specialist positions within specialist perinatal mental health services. LSBU is committed to supporting students to develop their employability and succeed in getting a job after they have graduated. Their qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market students also need to work on their employability, and on their career search. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards during this course.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


4 years

Start date



This module will enable you to critically appraise the socio-cultural context of the care of women with antenatal and postnatal mental health problems. It will explore socio-cultural theories of mental health and consider the influence of social inequalities and the concept of vulnerability.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need minimum qualifications normally required for entry to level 7. They are the following: Hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered nurse or midwife or registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a social worker or relevant professional role employed within a health or social care environment. An Honours degree (2.1) in a relevant subject, with a minimum of one year post registration practice experience; or A Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject and a minimum of three years post registration experience in a relevant field, or A professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree, or a postgraduate diploma, or appropriate equivalent skills and experience.

University information

London South Bank University (LSBU) is a cosmopolitan university with over 15,000 students, from over 130 countries – and a global alumni network of over 80,000. LSBU is one of London’s oldest universities; since 1892 the University has focused on providing professional opportunity for all who can benefit. The University has strong links with business and employers in the private and public sectors, which feed into courses and help students...more