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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

The Personality Disorder programmes aim 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 continued with NICE guidelines in 2009. Such guidance outlined the development of services for individuals with personality disorder in all settings, including primary and secondary care, and recognised the importance of increasing specialist knowledge and staff development. Recent innovations such as the Power, Meaning Threat framework (Johnstone et al, 2018), the Consensus statement: People with complex mental health difficulties who are diagnosed with a Personality Disorder (MIND, RCN, BPS et al, 2018), reinforce this, and the need to take a formulation based approach to care delivery. The Personality Disorder programmes are innovative courses, which provide students with an opportunity to enhance their understanding and practice within the area of personality disorder. Beyond this, they also aim to develop practitioners who can function at an advanced level and provide leadership and direct service development and planning for contemporary practice. You will also gain PGDip award in this course.

The course attempts to discuss the key themes in current thinking around personality disorder, including the following themes:

  • Classification and nosology
  • Models and theories of personality disorder
  • Ideological, ethical, and philosophical issues
  • Assessment processes
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Team working and communication
  • Therapeutic environments and interventions
  • Critiquing research
  • Service development and design

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



NU4015 Assessment and Therapeutic Approaches to Personality Disorder (Semester 2)
NU4309 Classification and Theory of Personality Disorder (single module)
NU4555 Managing Complex Mental Health Needs, Relationships, Teams and Environments
NU4008 Dissertation
NP4015 Student Initiated Practice Development

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fees 2020/21: Part-time: £765 per 20 credits.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Please contact university and ask about this fee

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