The way we support people with mental health difficulties is changing. A new agenda is emerging, focused firmly on recovery, enablement, reducing premature death, improving care and working in an integrated way to make a real difference to people’s lives. At the University of Hertfordshire, we’ve created our MSc Mental Health and Wellbeing as a direct response and a real opportunity to be part of the change.
Whether you’re working, or hoping to work, in mental health, general health, psychology, social care or education, this Master’s will help you develop the skills and strategies to improve care, develop professionally and accelerate your career. We also strongly encourage applications from service users, families and carers who would like to advance their understanding of mental health.
We’ve brought together acclaimed academics, front-line practitioners, carers and service users to create a course informed by real-life experiences and challenges. Throughout, it emphasises wellbeing, personalised care, enablement, safeguarding and strengths-based approaches, giving you the opportunity to address complex issues and make sound, research-informed decisions.
You’ll develop a systematic understanding of contemporary mental health knowledge, a critical awareness of emerging issues and the tools you need to champion transformational change. It’s a chance to demonstrate originality, initiative, leadership and self reflection, as well as a high level of personal and professional responsibility.
There’s also a real focus on working together across disciplines to provide better care. This MSc is part of our innovative programme of postgraduate wellbeing courses and has strong links to the three other strands: social practice, intellectual and developmental disabilities and children and young people’s health and wellbeing.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn alongside students on these other pathways, gaining insights into current thinking and practice. This encourages an interconnected, integrated approach to caring for people with mental health difficulties – something that’s now seen as pivotal to making positive change in these diverse, demanding and often debilitating conditions.
Here at Hertfordshire, you can study for your MSc in Mental Health and Wellbeing part time, on a modular basis. This flexibility makes it a great choice if you’re fitting your studies around your career and other commitments.
Most of our students complete their MSc in two to six years, but there are opportunities to finish earlier, with alternative qualifications:
-Postgraduate Certificate in Wellbeing: 60 completed credits
-Postgraduate Diploma in Wellbeing: 120 completed credits
-MSc Mental Health and Wellbeing: 180 completed credits
Why choose this course?
-Be part of a positive step change in mental health care, support and treatment
-Accelerate your career, demonstrate your strengths and develop integrated, multidisciplinary working practices
-Build a critical awareness of current knowledge and emerging issues, informing your practice and opening up research opportunities
-Shape a highly respected Master’s degree around your own career interests and ambitions
-Learn part time, at a pace that suits you, with the full support of our academic team
On this relevant, results-focused Master’s, you’ll develop a strong understanding of modern mental health issues, the ability to critically analyse the current evidence base and the confidence to make well-informed decisions that improve people’s lives.
Your new knowledge and skills will make you a hugely valuable asset to any organisation involved in supporting people with mental health difficulties, opening up new opportunities across healthcare, social care and education.
If you’re already working in mental health, it’s an outstanding professional development opportunity and if you’re new to this field it’s a great introduction. You may also decide to continue your studies at PhD level, conducting new research into evolving mental health care challenges and responses.
Our MSc in Mental Health and Wellbeing is run by a supportive, inspiring academic team here at the University of Hertfordshire. They’ve collaborated extensively with service users and carers to create an incredibly relevant, interesting course that addresses real-world needs.
You’ll learn through lectures, tutorials and masterclasses, as well as flipped classroom approaches, which see you preparing for each session online so your classroom experience can be more interactive and dynamic. We also run sessions in high-tech exemplar classrooms where you’ll be able to learn about integrated working through practical group exercises.
Every core module on the course includes independent study, as well as scheduled online learning, which you’ll do through our StudyNet learning portal. StudyNet’s a supportive online environment that lets you can access your course materials, contact your tutors, debate ideas on discussion boards and work with your peers whenever and wherever you like.
You’ll also be able to use our attractive, on-campus Learning Resources Centres 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They have extensive collections of recommended and related books, journals and digital resources, as well as around 1,200 computers and a team of expert advisors who can help you find what you need.
-Applied Health and Social Care Law
-Best Interests Assessor
-Concepts and Theories of Wellbeing
-Educating the Dementia Workforce
-Integrated Working for Mental Health and Wellbeing
-Integrating Research with Professional Practice
-Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
-Leading Cultural Change in Dementia
-Psychopharmacology and Medicines Management
-Recovery Values and Practice for Mental Health and Wellbeing
-Safeguarding : Working with Risk and Opportunity
-Solution Focused Brief Therapy