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Mental Health

The development of integrated health and social care services requires practitioners with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. This is a new programme designed for those working in a variety of professional backgrounds in the field. 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.

Next Start Date: January, September

Degree type: MSc/PGDip/PGCert

UCAS Code: Apply direct

Duration: 3 years


Why choose this programme?

  • Taught by subject experts whose teaching is underpinned by research. 
  • Join a community of active researchers and scholars.
  • Option modules are available - tailor your studies to your area of interest. Opportunity to undertake a supervised research project on a topic of your choice.
  • Career opportunities - Masters graduates are employed in a range of positions in the practice setting as well as in education, research, management and leadership roles. Opportunities are available in a range of settings across the NHS, private and voluntary sectors.
  • Flexibility - effective provision of online and distance learning maximises programme flexibility and promotes learning across disciplines.

Your career:

The knowledge and skills you will gain are likely to be valuable in a variety of positions in health and social care settings. You will 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 will 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.

"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

What you study

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

Modules include:

  • Recovery and Self-Management
  • Leadership
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Older Adults
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project
The programme includes three exit points; these are:
  • End of Year 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health (PGCert)
  • End of Year 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health (PGDip)
  • End of Year 3: Masters in Mental Health (MSc)

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 front line staff, managers, policy makers and leaders.

Entry routes

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

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

Fees and scholarships

The MSc tuition fee for Scottish/EU/Rest of UK (RUK) students is £4300.  

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).

Further info

Contact Student Recruitment on or +44 (0)1382 308080.

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