City, University of London

Degree level: Postgraduate

Adult Mental Health (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) (Taught)

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This MSc is designed for professionals working in adult mental health and social care, and will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to critically evaluate approaches to mental health and transform care. This course has been developed for all healthcare professionals working in mental health services, including: nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, clinical staff and workers from a wide range of allied statutory and voluntary agencies. Hence, this course will help you develop an understanding and knowledge of adult mental health and the ability to work effectively and collaboratively across professional agencies. The Adult Mental Health MSc aims to help you:

  • develop the skills, knowledge and awareness in the assessment and formulation of mental health problems, evidence-based psychosocial interventions and contemporary issues in mental health.
  • critically evaluate risk assessment and management
  • understand the concepts which inform professional leadership
  • develop a greater awareness of inter-professional practice and communication, with an emphasis on collaborative practice
  • work more effectively in an inter-professional context with practitioners and professionals within mental health, social care and associated fields
  • understand the development of ethical and culturally sensitive practice
  • recognise how the placement of the service user and their carers are key priorities
  • discuss key debates in health and social care provision, within multi-professional and interdisciplinary contexts
  • understand the approaches to mental health promotion at individual, community and wider societal levels
  • develop strategies to overcome the barriers to inter-agency and inter-professional working and promote the wider social inclusion of people with mental distress
  • critically apply theory, evidence and personal experience to practice, promoting more effective care and support to people experiencing mental distress, and their carers
  • evaluate approaches to compassionate mental health care and consider innovative ways of meeting the mental health needs of individuals and communities.

Course details


Students must gain 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma. The addition of a dissertation leads to an MSc. Details of modules can be found on the course website.

Assessment method

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of a Masters level course, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. Assessment is diverse and includes:

  • Essays
  • Reflective practice
  • Objective structured clinical examinations
  • Practice-based assessments
  • Poster presentations
  • Case studies
  • Data analysis
- Seminar presentations with supporting papers.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should have a lower second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in a relevant subject. Preferably, you should have a professional qualification with at least one year of experience in health and social care, such as: Voluntary sector Social work Education Primary care Mental health nursing Psychology Psychiatry Criminal justice Residential work Currently working in an agency with responsibility for aspects of inter-professional practice relating to your own discipline. You will need to provide two references (at least one reference for recent graduates must be academic; other references could include a current employer).  English Requirements: In addition to the listed entry requirements, if your first language is not English you will also need IELTS: 7.0 with at least 6:5 in all components. Due to changes in the UKVI’s list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £17000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Adult Mental Health (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) at City, University of London - UCAS