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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

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

  • You’ll learn about classification and nosology and models and theories of personality disorder as well as explore ideological, ethical, and philosophical issues.
  • You’ll gain understanding of assessment processes and management as well as study team working and communication and therapeutic environments and interventions.
  • You’ll also be critiquing research and looking at service development and design.

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 aim of this double module is to allow students to enhance their knowledge of assessment of the client with personality disorder, the management of risk and various therapeutic approaches in developing individualised programmes of care. The impact of working with this client group, the recognition of interpersonal and interprofessional issues and evidence-based approaches to care will be explored. This involves a comparative analysis of research and practice in a variety of countries including, USA, Canada and Holland.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£785 per 20 credit module

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

Non Lab-Based: £13,500; Lab-Based: £14,500. It is a guide for part-time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

To be confirmed

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