Taught course

Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis (COPE) pathway

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

Entry requirements

An honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent from a recognised institution, 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

This course is a pathway within the MSc 'Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health' (APIMH). The information here relates to the Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis pathway within the MSc APIMH, but is listed under the pathway-specific title. Other pathways are available in Primary Mental Health Care and Dementia Care.

The programme and pathways have been designed to respond and contribute to the modernisation of mental health care delivery and service design.

PSI for Psychosis (PSIp) pathway

There is now a robust evidence base indicating that structured Psychosocial Interventions (PSI), incorporating Cognitive Behavioural and Family-based approaches, can be extremely effective and beneficial for people with psychosis. This evidence forms the basis of national policy guidelines recommending that such interventions should be offered as standard to all people experiencing a psychotic illness.

The University of Manchester has one of the longest track records in the world for the provision of innovative, high quality education and training in PSI for health and social care practitioners working with people experiencing psychosis and their carers. Many graduates of the programme have taken up senior positions at National and Regional level leading strategic developments and making significant contributions to research in this area of practice.

The programme involves attendance at the University for one day per week during term-time and the equivalent of one day per week in practice to achieve the practical-skills outcomes associated with some course units in the programme. Students are required to identify a suitable practice supervisor/mentor to oversee the clinical and/or practice work required for the programme and specific pathways.

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 minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) GCSE English with grade C or above Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency

Fees and funding

For students employed in the NHS, or in organisations contributing to the work of the NHS in the North West, fees 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
30 months


part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Professional practice10
Dissertation20 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0) 161 306 0270