Taught course

Personality Disorder

University of Central Lancashire · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Students should have at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent, in a relevant subject (i.e. health related, pure science or social science). If you don't meet the criteria you're advised to contact us for advice. Transfer of credits in accordance with University regulations is possible. Students normally have two years post-qualifying clinical experience in practice OR proof of equivalent experience in practice. Be working in or access a practice environment that enables them to meet and achieve learning outcomes. Have a work based mentor. Provide two references (one practice/work and one academic). All students will be interviewed.

The courses available at postgraduate level are :PGCert: Personality Disorder - year 1PGDip: Personality Disorder - year 1 & 2MSc: Personality Disorder - year 1,2 and 3

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Personality Disorder can be studied as a stand alone award, or can be taken as the first year of the MSc in Personality Disorder, for which there are two routes: MSc (Research) and MSc (Practice Development). Both are interprofessional learning environments and aim to meet the knowledge and understanding framework promoted by the Department of Health, to assist practitioners to gain the knowledge and skills required to required to work with the client suffering from a personality disorder to achieve recovery.
The PG Cert in Personality Disorder is aimed at practitioners who recognise the complexities of the client group and who aim to increase capacity of the service to meet the client needs. You will be taught by academics with clinical experience in the field as well as a number of guest lecturers who are specialist in providing therapy for people with personality disorder. Service users also contribue to the delivery of the programme. The course is managed by academics, clinicians, past and previous students and service users. You will learn about the theoretical context of personality disorder as well as therapeutic approaches to assisting the person with a personality disorder to recovery. Case presentations and assignments that engage with your own practice are utilised to assist you to develop positive ways of working with this complex client group
There are three modules which span across the full academic year and aim to assist you to develop new skills and knowledge, thus potentially making a difference for both the client and the service. The first module, NU3309, is theoretical in nature and assists you to develop core knowledge about personality disorder and formualtion. The second double module, NU4015 moves onto positive wasy to assess and deliver therapeutic interventions for the person with personality disorder.

Fees and funding

Funding has been made available through the SLA agreements with local Trust. Information about fees is available through the BDU 01772 893839

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100
Dissertation (15000 words)

Course contact details

Post-registration Recruitment
+44 (0)1772 893 836