Taught course

Mental Health

Canterbury Christ Church University · School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a good honours degree, which is defined as a first class or second class honours degree, in a relevant subject discipline. For further entry requirements please see our website.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Mental Health is designed to meet the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of a wide range of professionals. It is aimed at, but not limited to, those who work with mental health service users and/or within mental health settings. The programme supports practitioners to develop their knowledge, skills and competence in advanced practice and in specialist areas such as Safeguarding, Migration and Forensic Mental Health. It is also the framework for Best Interests Assessor Training (BIA); Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Training and social work Practice Educator Training (PE).

Successful completion of your chosen pathway within the programme could lead to either an MSc, PGDip or PGCert award.

The MSc Mental Health is designed in response to recent changes in legislation, corresponding developments in mental health service delivery and the evolving socio-political influences that impact upon the mental health and wellbeing of individuals. It aims to meet the needs of stakeholders for an adaptable, reflexive and resilient workforce, and its modules focus on enhancing specialist mental health practice through the application of CPD and lifelong learning.

The MSc Mental Health has been developed for the specific workforce development needs of practitioners working at a senior or advanced level. It provides flexible options for study and is designed to support students to ‘learn and earn’ while applying their knowledge to practice. You will benefit from an exciting and challenging educational experience to which the programme team will contribute through the organisation of specialist innovative modules and practice learning.

For local social services authorities (LSSA) the programme provides the required training framework to fulfil mandatory functions in accordance with both the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Schedule A1 of the Mental Capacity Act (amended 2007).

MSc Mental Health

Theoretical, ethical and legal perspectives and the parameters that influence professional practice in mental health settings will be explored. You will evaluate how research approaches and methods of critical enquiry can be best utilised to create and interpret knowledge and evidence for the improvement and development of specialist practice. The programme aims to develop autonomous and self-directed students able to sustain and enhance their knowledge and skills to meet their personal, professional and organisations requirements. Likely optional modules include:

  • Migration and Mental Health
  • Safeguarding in Mental Health
  • Mental Health in Forensic Settings
  • Professional Leadership in Mental Health

Best Interests Assessor

  • Law and Policy for Best Interests Assessors
  • Developing Best Interests Assessor Practice Skills

These modules aim to enable students to acquire a critical understanding of the legislative frameworks, related codes of practice and policy that underpins practice as a Best Interests Assessor under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

Approved Mental Health Professional

  • Enhancing Health and Wellbeing
  • Models of Mental Disorder and Intervention
  • Law and Policy for Approved Mental Health Professionals
  • The Role of the Approved Mental Health Professional under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the MHA 2007)
  • Mental Health Statutory Practice: Rights, Risks and Responsibilities
  • Development of Advanced Practice Skills in Mental Health

You will study the complex legal and policy framework that underpins AMHP practice; the theories and models that inform a critical understanding of mental disorder, its impact on the individual, their family and social network; the research that supports evidence based practice and the skills that enable you to competently and confidently undertake the AMHP role.

You'll also have the skills to effectively manage complex situations of anxiety, risk and conflict whilst balancing risk factors and the rights of service users to take risks and recognise the complexity and implications of making independent professional judgements and decisions.

Practice Education

The aim of this module is to prepare practitioners to supervise, teach and assess learning in the workplace. Qualified social workers are required to facilitate the learning of a social work student. In order, to meet the requirements for Stage 1 Practice Educator status (Domains A-C), candidates must work with a learner who is being assessed against the Professional Capability Framework (The College of Social Work 2012) on a placement of at least 50 days.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

For up to date fee and loan information please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Debbie Divine
01227 783885