Taught course

Primary Mental Health Care pathway - APIMH

The University of Manchester · School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent from a recognised institution, or an approved and relevant postgraduate qualification (minimum Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent - 120 credits at Masters level), or evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience, which the University accepts as qualifying the candidate for entry.

Months of entry


Course content

Postgraduate study in Primary Mental Health Care (PMHC) commenced at The University of Manchester in 2004, building on the well-established national and international reputation of the university for innovative research, service development and training in this field of practice. Common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, account for one-third of all consultations in Primary Care in the UK and the impact of these on individuals, families, communities and health care resources is recognised at a global level.

A key strategy to address current and future challenges of this immense area of need is to equip those working in Primary Care, including those in both existing and new roles, with relevant knowledge and skills to enhance access to and effectiveness of services and care delivery through evidence-based, innovative approaches. The programme is directly relevant to clinical practice, using a bio-psychosocial framework to enable students to develop knowledge and skills in evidence-based interventions, including cognitive-behavioural approaches, collaborative case management and community engagement.

This part-time, multi-disciplinary, practice-focused educational programme aims to equip students with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to offer high quality, evidence based interventions and contribute to service developments which promote socially inclusive mental health care for individuals, families and communities.

The first year of the pathway (PGCert) meets the national competencies for IAPT Low-Intensity Therapists (LITs) and is a mandatory requirement, funded through an NHS contract, for newly appointed LITs and Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Workers in Greater Manchester.

Information for international students

IELTS at grade 7.0 or above, with a score of 6.0 or above in each component TOEFL test with a score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or above GCSE English with grade C or above Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency

Fees and funding

Fees for students employed in the NHS or in organisations contributing to the work of the NHS in the North West are funded through a contract between the university and NHS North West. For details please contact: graduate.nursing@manchester.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0) 161 306 0270