City, University of London

Course Introduction

The MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Adult Mental Health) is designed for all healthcare professionals working in mental health services.

The course will provide students with the skills, knowledge and awareness in the assessment and formulation of mental health problems, evidence'based psychosocial interventions and contemporary issues in mental health. There is an opportunity to critically evaluate risk assessment and management across the life span as well as to understand the concepts which inform professional leadership. Students will develop a greater awareness of inter'professional practice and communication as well as an emphasis is on collaborative practice. The development of ethical and culturally sensitive practice and the placement of the service user and their carers are key priorities within this programme.

You will be given the opportunity to discuss key debates in health and social care provision, within multi'professional and interdisciplinary contexts. The course is designed to enhance the abilities of health professionals to critically evaluate approaches to compassionate mental health care and consider innovative ways of meeting the mental health needs of individuals and communities.

Course Modules

Core Modules

Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)

Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)

Dissertation (60 credits)

Discipline specific modules

Assessing and understanding mental health problems (15 credits)

Evidence'based psychosocial interventions in mental health (15 credits)

Contemporary issues in mental health (15 credits)

Elective/optional modules

Evidence Based Dementia Care (15 credits)

Risk Assessment & Management in Mental Health (15 credits)

Liaison Mental Health Care (15 credits)

Child Protection: Working with risk and resilience (15 credits)

Professional Leadership (15 credits)

Early Identification & Psychological Development (15 credits)

Psychology for health and social care (15 credits)

Students must gain 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma. The addition of a dissertation leads to an MSc.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £15,000 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £7,500 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £7,500 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £3,750 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants should hold a second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in a relevant subject.
  • Applicants should preferably have a professional qualification with at least a year of experience in health and social care including: voluntary sector; social work; education; primary care; mental health nursing; psychology; psychiatry; criminal justice; residential work; and those who are currently working in an agency with responsibility for aspects of inter-professional practice relating to their own discipline.
  • Please note that two references are required (At least one reference for recent graduates must be academic; other references could include a current employer). You will need to provide the referees’ work contact details when completing the application form. We will contact them separately after we have received your application.