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Personality Disorder (Practice Development) MSc / PgDip

Personality Disorder (Practice Development) MSc / PgDip

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Psychiatry

Course type


Course Summary

This course MSc in Personality Disorder (Practice Development) aims to shed light on this complex area of practice for the mental health professional. Increasingly on the agenda since national policy developments such as ‘Personality Disorder: No Longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion’ (DoH, 2003), the impetus to acknowledge personality disorder as a mainstream mental health activity continues with NICE guidelines in 2009. Such guidance outlines the development of services for individuals with personality disorder in all settings, including primary and secondary care. It recognises the importance of increasing specialist knowledge and staff development. The MSc Personality Disorder through practice development is an innovative course, which provides students with an opportunity to enhance their understanding and practice within the area of personality disorder. Beyond this, it also aims to develop practitioners who can function at an advanced level and provide leadership and direct service development and planning for contemporary practice. Students can exit at Postgraduate Diploma level.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


5 years

Start date



NU3309 Theoretical Context of Personality Disorder
NU4015 Assessment and Therapeutic Approaches to Personality Disorder
NP4001 Evidence, Effectiveness and Evaluation
NU4019 Managing Complex Mental Health Needs, Relationships and Environments
NU4140 Advanced Work Based Practice Project: Evaluation
NU4139 Advanced Work Based Practice Project: Delivery and Implementation
NU4138 Advanced Work Based Practice Project: Design and Construction

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£3,345 per year for first 2 years.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need 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

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern university based in the centre of Preston. Offering innovation, world-leading research and real-world practicality to inspire their students, the University provides a high-quality experience. The University offers over 200 postgraduate courses – both taught and research – in a range of subjects. What's more, UCLan is ranked in the top 3.7% of universities in the world, while 16...more