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Our Mental Health Studies MSc course will equip you with the relevant knowledge in the field of mental health and provide you with the opportunity to examine one area further through both theoretical and empirical research.
While our Mental Health Studies course, which was established in 1992, offers mental health professionals a range of opportunities for continuing professional development, an equally high number of our students have not yet embarked on professional training. Some come with a relevant first degree, usually in psychology, and already have work experience in the mental health field.
Our Mental Health Studies course consists of the following modules:
Basic Mental Health, a combination of modules in Research Methods, a Research Dissertation, and a choice of two 30-credit and two 15-credit optional modules.
The Basic Mental Health module provides an overview of the theoretical perspectives on mental illness, diagnosis and assessment, psychiatric disorders and treatment, approaches to management and care.
The modules in research methods cover quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and provides the foundations for your own research project.
You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by:
Examination (30%) | Coursework (50%)| Practical (20%)
Graduates pursue various careers in mental health, including psychology and other clinical training, research assistant positions and PhD study.
This flexible, inclusive, engaging distance learning postgraduate level programme responds to the desire of current graduates working within the area of health and social care as they seek to develop their practice and in order to better equip them to meet the demands of advanced practice roles and responsibilities. Changing health and social care requirements demand highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates from the health and social care professions. The programme particularly extends the knowledge base necessary for practitioners to function at an advanced level, to develop into expert or advanced practitioners, advisers, managers or educators within their particular area of expertise offering sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative, in complex and unpredictable professional environments. There is emphasis upon the application of knowledge to practice, thus enhancing the leadership capacity.
This programme leads to the academic awards of PGCert/PGDip/MSc in Applied Health Studies.
The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded after completing 60 credits at level 7 and for this students have the option to study a suite of 3 twenty-credit ‘generic’ modules (Advanced Communication and Education Approaches in Health and Social Care Practice, Decision Making and Accountability in Health and Social Care, Enhancing Patient Safety in Healthcare) or 2, thirty-credit clinical modules in neuroscience or 3 twenty credit modules in urology, continence care, or stoma care (all at level 7).
The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over a minimum of one year part-time (dependant on module availability) and requires the completion of 2 thirty-credit compulsory modules at level 7, Advanced Methods in Research and Development in health and Social Care and Global Perspectives in Transforming Health.
The MSc involves the completion of a 60 credit level 7 evidence based project.
This is a fully online part-time programme, students are expected to engage regularly with the programme and online activity and interaction will be monitored and recorded.
Work-based learning forms a key element in these programmes especially but not exclusively for the completion of the clinical modules and their assessment. Most, if not all, students undertaking the Applied Health Studies programmes at either undergraduate or postgraduate level will be working in some capacity within a health and social care environment. This will enable students to combine procedural knowledge with declarative knowledge in context in order to produce professional knowledge, impacting positively on employability and career progression.
91% of staff in the School hold a recognised teaching qualification and
76% of staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and 5 staff are Senior Fellows. Six hold Fellowships of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP). One member of staff has received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award Fellowship while another 2 have received the University’s Distinguished Research Fellow and Distinguished Research Fellowship Award. The School has a track record of academic promotions up to, and including, professorial level for Learning and Teaching related activities
Results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework show that 96% of Nursing and Health Science research was judged to be of international excellence or world leading.The Institute of Nursing & Health Research takes the lead in delivering research and evidence based practice education to ensure that students are exposed to research active staff and are given the opportunity to reflect upon the impact research and evidence have on practice.
The School has an active Educational and Professional Issues Research Group which links with CHERP and several members of the Subject Team have been awarded CHEP (Ulster) Development Funding, Teaching Development Grants from the Higher Education Academy which has supported innovations in the areas of small group teaching and online assessment.
In additon, a number of the Subject team are both current and previous presidents of their specialty's relevant European associations, EANN and EAUN.
Students on this programme are expected to be working or aspiring to work within the fields of healthcare and/or social care. On completion of this programme of study we expect students to continue in their employment with an enhanced range of transferable and subject specific skills to benefit their employer, communities, individual patients/clients and their families. We also expect graduates to achieve a higher personal profile within their organisation thus enhancing their prospects of promotion and/or career development. A number of students may progress to postgraduate and doctoral level studies and choose from a range of courses available in the School of Nursing and the wider University.
This programme is designed to enable those with a personal, academic or professional interest in global health to study a variety of related subjects and join colleagues and fellow students in a global community.
The programme is invoiced at course level, allowing you to pick and choose your curriculum content, and manage your learning within flexible 5 or 11 week teaching blocks, which are offered at fixed time periods across the academic calendar.
The programme is structured to equip students with a comprehensive knowledge base in various aspects of global health.
The emphasis is on the interdisciplinary nature of the subject and this is reflected by the wide range of courses it is possible to study within the programme.
Possible subjects include:
Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
The courses are taught entirely online with extensive use of discussion forums in which students are encouraged to debate relevant issues with course tutors and colleagues.
This is a postgraduate certificate for students from a diverse professional background but with a common interest in global health.
The programme is modular, offering a flexible student-centred approach to the choice of courses studied; students may choose to study one or more individual courses or complete a sufficient number of course credits to be awarded the certificate.
It takes between 12 and 36 months to complete the certificate.
Postgraduate Professional Development
The courses we offer reflect the range of research and teaching interests of our academic staff and promote discussion of significant issues relating to Global Health - whether human, animal or environmental.
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.
You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.
Further details of the potential for transfer to one of our host programmes can be found on the programme website:
We value interdisciplinary debate on our courses and effective, professional communication skills form an important part of the outcomes of the programme.
Graduates can use their qualification to enhance their career prospects in international and national organisations that manage global health issues.