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Advanced Professional Practice (Mental Health Practitioner) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your advanced practitioner knowledge and skills within mental health practice? Our MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Mental Health Practitioner) is a clinically-focused specialist pathway designed to develop enhanced mental health assessment and intervention skills for nurses and other healthcare professionals to effectively support people who are suffering from mental health problems, in their recovery journey.

Key features

  • A contemporary and dynamic programme responsive to the changing health and social care environment; including telehealth and sustainability
  • Develop clinical skills in contemporary, evidence based mental health assessment, formulation and interventions.
  • Engage in reflective practice to support person centred and recovery orientated ways of working.
  • Experience a number of formative and summative assessed role play interactions to boost confidence and transfer these skills into your practice.
  • Undertake modules which will enable you to achieve a named pathway award in Mental Health to support your career development.
  • Embed independent and supplementary prescribing into your masters degree (subject to profession).
  • Opportunities to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules delivered by an academic team with extensive experience as well as a close relationship with clinicians contributing to teaching.
  • Be equipped to take on lead roles in management, clinical practice and/or education.
  • Part time programme offering flexible delivery and exit points to support a learner centred approach.

Course details

Programme overview

  • Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits by undertaking three core modules.
  • Postgraduate diploma - to achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking up to six modules: three core, one pathway specific and up to two optional.
  • Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with two further core modules in the final year.

For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice modules for the School of Nursing and Midwifery page.

Core modules

  • APP701 Advancing Practice in Context
  • APP705 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment and Formulation
  • APP745 Research Methodology and Application

Year 2

You must gain 20 credits from a pathway specific module and 40 credits from optional modules in Year 2 to gain a postgraduate diploma.

Optional modules

  • APP707 CBT Interventions for Mental Health Professionals (Psychosis)
  • APP709 Working with People with a Diagnosis of Personality Disorder
  • APP744 Substance Misuse and Dual Diagnosis
  • HEAD709 NMP: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Designated Allied Health Professionals
  • NMP702 Non-Medical Prescribing: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives

Final year

Core modules

  • APP703 - Advancing research knowledge in practice 2
  • SPP701 – Substantive professional project

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc APP Mental Health Practitioner pathway specification 6133

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Visit the Advanced Professional Practice (Mental Health Practitioner) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!




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