Taught course

Personality Disorder (Research)

University of Central Lancashire · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

A recognised British first degree or its equivalent, or a BTEC Higher Diploma / Certificate. It is also expected that students will be working with individuals identified as experiencing personality disorder.

Months of entry


Course content

MSc in Personality Disorder (Research) aims to shed light on this complex area of practice for the mental health professional. Increasingly on the agenda since national policy developments such as - Personality Disorder: No Longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion (DoH, 2003), the imputus to acknowledge personality disorder as a mainstream mental health activity continues with NICE guidelines in 2009. Such guidance outlines the development of services for individuals with personality disorder in all settings, including primary and secondary care. It recognizes the importance of increasing specialist knowledge and staff development. The MSc Personality Disorder by Research is an innovative course, which provides students with an opportunity not only to enhance their skills and understanding of research issues, but also engage in research focusing specifically on personality disorder. The course recognizes the centrality of linking practice to research as a major tenent of moving the agenda forward in personality disorder.

The course attempts to discuss the key themes in current thinking around personality disorder, including the following themes:

  • Classification and nosology
  • Models and theories of personality disorder
  • Ideological, ethical, and philosophical issues
  • Assessment processes
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Team working and communication
  • Therapeutic environments and interventions
  • Research process
  • Critiquing research
  • Contextual methodology and design
  • Service development and design

The content reflects the need to develop evidence based practice and allows students to consider the main issues in the area of personality disorder.

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36-60 months


part time
12-24 months

Course contact details

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