Taught course

Approved Mental Health Professional

Swansea University · College of Human and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates (who may be social workers, nurses, psychologists or occupational therapists) should: be registered with a professional body; have at least two years’ post qualifying experience; have relevant experience of working with people with mental disorders; have the support of their employer and access to appropriate learning opportunities; have either a Bachelor or Master’s Degree or, in exceptional circumstances, where this academic requirement is not met, applicants must satisfy the Director of the Programme that their experience and qualifications equip them to undertake postgraduate study. This can be evidenced by, for example, a relevant Post Qualifying Award. Candidates who do not hold a degree may be required to attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The course has been introduced to meet the new roles and responsibilities for professionals working with individuals who are considered for, and who become subject to compulsory hospital admission and/ or treatment and aftercare introduced in the Mental Health Act 2007. This is the only course of its kind in Wales. This course aims to meet the key competencies required by the Welsh Government and the Key Skills considered by the Care Council for Wales to be appropriate for the role of Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs).

Modules typically include:

• Values Based Practice and Ethical Decision Making in Mental Health Services

• Policy and Law in Mental Health Services

• Understanding Mental Health and Mental Distress

• Professional Decision Making and Partnership in the Mental Health Services

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

This programme is funded through health and social service employers and you should seek agreement for nomination to allow you to access this programme.

To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page: www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Deborah Davies
+44 (0)1792 295798