Taught course

APIMH - Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis (COPE)

The University of Manchester · School of Psychological Sciences

Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (Lower Second or above) or equivalent from a recognised institution, or an approved and relevant postgraduate qualification (minimum PGDip or equivalent - 120 credits at master's level), or evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience, which the University accepts as qualifying you for entry.

Places are available to applicants without a degree who are able to demonstrate evidence of appropriate academic ability. See Portfolio for non-standard application (Word, 171 KB).

Professional Entry Qualification

We require a recognised health/social care-related professional qualification and/or employment in mental health and/or social care services in a recognised role relevant to this pathway.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis course is a pathway of our Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health (APIMH) programme and aims to help mental health practitioners to work more effectively with people with psychosis.

APIMH has been designed to respond and contribute to the modernisation of mental health care delivery and service design, and this particular pathway is based on robust evidence indicating that structured psychosocial interventions 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 (NICE, 2014) recommending that such interventions should be offered as standard to all people experiencing a psychotic illness. Our Year 1 course units have been developed specifically to allow graduates from the PGCert level to be able to conduct assessments and deliver family intervention to these approved standards.

You will attend 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. You will be required to identify a suitable practice supervisor/mentor to oversee the clinical and/or practice work required.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold either:

  • 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

UK students
Only available to employees of the NHS and related organisations. Fees paid by contract with the NHS
International students
Only available to employees of the NHS and related organisations. Fees paid by contract with the NHS

Some funded places are available on this course for mental health practitioners working in the north-west of England in the NHS or NHS-related services.

This funding is for UK/EU students and will cover the full UK/EU tuition fee. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To find out more and apply, please contact t.bradshaw@manchester.ac.uk .

Qualification and course duration


part time
30 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 0270