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Philosophy and Mental Health MA / PgDip / PgCert

Philosophy and Mental Health MA / PgDip / PgCert

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Philosophy Mental Health Nursing (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Why Study this Programme?

Because of its very nature, mental health care raises as many conceptual questions as empirical ones. The philosophy of mental health is a rapidly developing field developed by philosophers, clinicians, e.g. psychiatrists and mental health nurses and mental health service users. Based on the Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry co-authored by the course leader, the MA Philosophy and Mental Health course aims to develop a better understanding of psychiatry, and mental health care more broadly, through an analysis of some of its fundamental concepts.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The teaching materials are provided by the newly published Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, co-authored by the course leader. This textbook is aimed at developing analytic and argumentative skills through exercises and guided readings. Tutorial supervision will be provided in guided discussion over the web using UCLan’s e-learning resources. Access to a computer connected to the web is thus a necessary requirement.

Most modules are assessed by a 5,000-word essay. The Introduction to Postgraduate Philosophically Based Research module is assessed by three shorter assessments and the Dissertation is 10,000 words. Formative assessment is provided for a first short 2,000-word practice essay which can then be developed into the first longer essay. You will also gain PGDip and PGCert awards in this course.

Different course options

Study mode



3 years

Start date



Core concepts in philosophy and mental health (20 Credits) - Core
The philosophy of science and mental health (20 Credits) - Core
A philosophical history of psychopathology (20 Credits) - Core
Introduction to Postgraduate Philosophically-Based Research (20 Credits) - Core
The philosophy of mind and mental health (20 Credits) - Core
Ethics, values and mental health (20 Credits) - Core

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

Normally the following general University wide entry requirements apply: Postgraduate Diplomas, Certificates and Conversion Courses: A recognised British first degree or its equivalent, or a BTEC Higher Diploma/Certificate. Taught Masters Courses: A recognised British honours degree to a good standard, or its equivalent. In addition to access via prior academic qualifications, however, applications to this programme are also welcome from potential students with relevant practical experience in the field of mental health through, e.g. mental health nursing or patient advocacy. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits.

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