Mental Health | Abertay University

Mental Health

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Start Date



3 years

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Why Study Mental Health?

Integrated health and social care services requires practitioners with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. This programme is designed for those working in a variety of professional mental health fields. Underpinned by a commitment to recovery and evidence-driven approaches, it aims to help you shape your career and contribute to the future of mental health care.

This mental health programme is taught by subject experts whose teaching is underpinned by research, and offers the opportunity for you to join a thriving community of active researchers and scholars.

With option modules available, it allows you to tailor your studies to your area of interest. The programme also gives you the opportunity to undertake a supervised research project on a topic of your choice.

Previous graduates have gone on to employment in a range of positions in the practice setting, as well as in education, research, management and leadership roles. Opportunities are available across the NHS, and the private and voluntary sectors.

This programme is inherently flexible, with effective provision of online and distance learning promoting learning across disciplines.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a degree and be working within the mental health field.

This programme is aimed at professionals such as, but not exclusive to, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, and social work or social care workers.

It’s also relevant to those employed in the third sector, such as mental health services and charities.

EU Applicants

All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English language.

How to Apply

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Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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English Language Requirements

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English Language Courses

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Visa Information

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How the Course Works

Please note: We offer funding support for studying multiple modules (blocks of two or more). To be eligible for this, you'll need to register and pay for multiple modules.

  • 1 module - £500
  • 2 modules - £700
  • 3 modules - £1000
  • Masters Research Module - £1,300
  • Postgraduate Masters - £4,300. We have a number of part-funded places to support your study. 
  • Part-Funded Fee - £3,300 

If you would like more information on this, please contact our team on (01383) 308080 or email our friendly team at

Degree Classification

The programme has three potential exit awards:

Postgraduate CertificateThe first exit point, the Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing requires you to successfully complete 60 credits at level 11.

Postgraduate DiplomaThe second is the Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing. In order to be eligible for this award, you must successfully achieve 120 credits at level 11.

MScThe third award is the MSc in Mental Health Nursing. The 60-credit dissertation module is required in addition to the modules that comprise the Postgraduate Diploma in order to achieve the exit award of MSc in Mental Health Nursing.

Designed specifically for ambitious graduate mental health nurses or those with significant relevant experience, this programme aims to further develop your ability to work in and lead services at a time of rapid change, respond to developments in practice, changes in the philosophy of mental health nursing, and the emergence of new ideas and research.

You have the opportunity for interdisciplinary learning as modules are shared with our MSc Mental Health Nursing partner programme.


The programme is delivered using a blended learning approach, with sessional university based study days on modules which have a skills based component.

Online learning activities will include:

  • Discussion groups
  • Online lectures
  • Tutorials using podcasts and chat facilities
  • Learning activities
  • Guided reading

Online learning will be facilitated and supported by the module leader.


Assessment is via coursework, essay, reflective study, portfolio and online discussion participation.

The MSc Mental Health Nursing is achieved through the successful completion of 180 credits at level 11. This comprises of six 20 credit modules plus one 60 credit dissertation (Research Project) module.

Mental Health 2018 – offered as standalone modules or as part of the Masters programme

Crisis Intervention and Resolution

This module is suitable for health and social care professionals from all backgrounds. The primary aim is to provide you with the theory and practice of mental health crisis intervention and explore how this can be integrated into contemporary practice. The course builds on practitioners’ existing knowledge, skills and experience and is delivered utilising a blended learning approach, including online tutorials, webinars, and interactive activities. This module will include two optional on-site study days, which will support your introduction to the topic and the skills required for online learning and relevant skills based learning.

(Starts week commencing 15 January 2018, also running September 2018)

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Mental Health and Working with Older People

This module is designed for health and social care professionals who work with or want to work with older people. We explore the key issues facing older people with mental health problems, including those with complex health needs. We examine the context of ageing, common mental health issues and practical considerations when working in this field. This module includes two optional on-site study days.

(Starts week commencing 15th January 2018)

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Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a communication style that is applied widely and effectively to problems of ambivalence in health and social care, workplace, educational and other settings. The module teaches core skills and their strategic application underpinned by the values and spirit at the heart of MI. It also considers questions of implementation and evaluation. This module requires attendance at four on-site study days.

(Starts week commencing 15th January 2018, also running September 2018)

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Leadership for Health and Social Care Professionals

This course is designed to demonstrate what makes strong leaders in a mental health setting. Effective leadership in health and social care require specialist high level, evidence-based knowledge and leadership skills. This course will enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of the key components of leadership and emotional intelligence. Using experiential learning, you will set your acquired theoretical knowledge within a practice based environment. This module is taught face to face over 1.5 days.

(Starts week commencing 15th January 2018)

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Recovery & Self-Management

This course offers you the opportunity to build on your existing knowledge, skills and experience of mental health recovery. The module includes current research, policy, guidelines and theory. You will be supported to develop a critical understanding of recovery philosophy, hopes, strengths, overcoming stigma and empowering individuals. You will also learn about recovery technologies, how to develop the power of narratives, the importance of peer support and self-management resources to develop your own practice and your place of work. On completion of the module, you should feel prepared to lead recovery-focused change in your own workplace and develop your own practice. This module requires attendance at two on-site study days.

(Starts week commencing 7th May 2018)

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For more information on all of our Mental Health/Mental Health Nursing CPD courses, please contact our team on

This programme offers a real opportunity to set yourself apart from the rest by developing specialist, high-level skills and knowledge in mental health care. You can truly help to make a difference.

Kathryn Thompson - Peer Recovery Worker, NHS Tayside


The scholarship below is open to all international students and those applying from England, Wales & Northern Ireland, with a 2.1 or above for a post graduate course.  It is paid in two installments, in December and March. 

Rest of UK Postgraduate Abertay Scholarships

This £2,000 award is open to all prospective new postgraduate students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students


Each 20 credit module will cost £500. The 60 credit module will cost £1,300. Payment is flexible and in modular installments as a student builds their academic transcript towards the MSc in Mental Health Nursing.

There may be an additional charge where the MSc is not completed within 18 months.


English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students


Each 20 credit module will cost £500. The 60 credit module will cost £1,300. Payment is flexible and in modular installments as a student builds their academic transcript towards the MSc in Mental Health Nursing.

There may be an additional charge where the MSc is not completed within 18 months.

International Students


We regret to advise this programme is not available to overseas (non-EU) students requiring a Tier 4 visa (as it is delivered part-time only).

Career Opportunities

The knowledge and skills you’ll gain will be valuable in a variety of positions in health and social care settings. You’ll develop important transferable skills, including problem-solving, time management, the ability to deal with complex situations, and competence in the production of written reports derived from evidence.

You’ll be trained in research methods – an advantage for those wishing to enrol on Doctorate degrees. We anticipate that graduates from the programme will explore career opportunities in practice, education or research.

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Industry Experience

Abertay has strong links with a range of mental health service providers at both local and national level. Members of the teaching team have excellent practice links, with some currently working directly with service users. The programme benefits from input from experts by experience and colleagues from a variety of service providers, including frontline staff, managers, policy makers and leaders.

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Graduate School

Our Graduate School is a dedicated facility providing support, training and professional development opportunities to our vibrant postgraduate community. Specially designed to promote integration and inculcation of interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers, postgraduates study and learn together at Abertay – from Environmental Management to Law, Psychology, Bioscience, Economics and Business, Cybersecurity and Computer Games Development.



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You’ll benefit from training and professional development opportunities, as well as support with funding applications, placement opportunities, teaching support, public engagement and outreach activity.

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