Taught course

Mental Health Practice

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

Entry requirements

You must have a professional background and be working within environments where mental ill health is a determinant on client outcome. You will need an identified workplace supervisor and a supportive manager to assist you across the duration of the course.

You 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 have a command of current, evidenced based knowledge within your chosen subject.

Consideration will be given if you have a degree in a related topic or gained your degree several years ago where continued further development in knowledge through postgraduate studies would demonstrate currency in certified learning, at the discretion of the Course Leader.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Mental Health Practice is focused on facilitating academic and practice development in those working as therapeutic agents, managers or educators in environments where mental health is an influence on outcome.

It is designed for nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers and other professional groups working with mental ill health. The MSc will develop your practice and knowledge in:

  • therapeutic skills
  • leadership
  • education

You will choose one of these three pathways prior to starting the programme, aligning your study with your career aspirations.

These factors should make the course attractive to employers and increase your employment options when you graduate.

Study demands are flexible as all materials and tutorials are online. To facilitate peer support there are optional on campus and online meetings meaning there are only between four and five mandatory participation times for each module.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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