Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Mental Health Practice

University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a professional background and be working within environments where mental ill health is a determinant on client outcome. They will need an identified workplace supervisor and a supportive manager to assist them across the duration of the programme. Applicants must also have a relevant first degree or equivalent qualification at SCQF Level 9 (i.e. Graduate Certificate in Acute Care) normally within the past five years and has a command of current, evidenced based knowledge within their chosen subject. Consideration will be given to applicants who have a degree in an unrelated topic or who have gained their degree several years ago where continued further development in knowledge through postgraduate studies would demonstrate currency in certified learning, at the discretion of the Programme Leader. English language proficiency with candidates expected to achieve IELTS standard of 6 (with no less than 5.5 for each component).

Months of entry


Course content

This programme develops your skills to work at advanced levels as a clinical expert, manager oreducator in settings where distress arising from mental ill health is an influence on outcome.

About the programme Designed for nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers and other professional groups working with mental ill health, this programme will develop your practice and knowledge in therapeutic skills, leadership or education.

Your learning You will choose one of three pathways prior to starting the programme – Therapeutic Skills; Leadership; or Education, aligning your study with your career aspirations. You can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after completing three modules (60 credits); a Postgraduate Diploma after completing six modules (120 credits); or the Masters award in MSc Mental Health Practice (180 credits). Each of the awards will reflect your chosen pathway e.g. the Leadership pathway includes the optional awards of Postgraduate Certificate Mental Health Practice (Leadership), Postgraduate Diploma Mental Health Practice (Leadership) or MSc Mental Health Practice (Leadership).

Postgraduate Certificate

• Core Values in Mental Health Practice (core): reviews the development of policy and understanding of mental ill health and its treatment.

• The Supervisory Process (core): explores how supervision and support can most effectively support practice development. You will also select one option from the following pathway specific modules:

• Therapeutic Skills for Mental Health: introduces key cognitive and behavioural interventions for individuals and families.

• Education for Mental Health: reviews the educational theories as specifically related to mental health policy and practice.

• Leadership for Mental Health: explores current policy directives and the leadership qualities required

n order to meet their demands.

Postgraduate Diploma

• Independent Study for Mental Health (core): you will select a relevant professional focus, undertaking a supported investigation of this pathway related topic.

• Research for Health and Social Care (core): a deeper exploration of research paradigms leading to the development of research questions applicable for the MSc dissertation.

• Changing Mental Health Services (core): explores change management, essential skills for influencing practice development at a team level.

MSc You will complete the Research and Enquiry Dissertation module. Our Careers Adviser says You may pursue management, educational and clinical leadership roles in practice, and also in research and education.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Mark Gillespie
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)