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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The PG Cert in Personality Disorder is delivered at 'Indigo', at Ashworth Hospital, Maghull. This means that you have access to their learning facilities as well as those at UCLan. (Subsequent years of the MSc programmes are delivered at UCLan's Preston Campus).

There are three marked assignments, an essay, a case study and a critical appraisal of a practice document.

The PG Cert in Personality Disorder is aimed at practitioners who recognise the complexities of the client group and who aim to increase capacity of the service to meet the client needs. You will be taught by academics with clinical experience in the field as well as several guest lecturers who are specialists in providing therapy for people with personality disorder. Service users also contribute to the delivery of the programme. The course is managed by academics, clinicians, past and previous students and service users. You will learn about the theoretical context of personality disorder as well as therapeutic approaches to assisting the person with a personality disorder to recovery. Case presentations and assignments that engage with your own practice are utilised to assist you to develop positive ways of working with this complex client group.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date



NU4015: Assessment & Therapeutic Approaches to Personality Disorder (Double module)
NU4309: Classification and Theory of Personality Disorder (single module)

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 should have an honours degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant subject (i.e. health related, pure science or social science) from an approved institution of higher education. Students normally have at least two years post qualifying clinical experience in practice OR proof of equivalent experience in practice. Students application will be considered on its merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme. If they do not meet the above criteria they may still be considered for admission to the programme; they will be required to provide evidence of suitable experience and supportive qualifications.

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