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Course content

Course overview

  • Develop the knowledge/skills to work with people experiencing common mental health problems.
  • Choose to study for a PGCert, PGDip or MSc qualification.
  • The PGCert meets the national competencies for IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) and is a mandatory requirement for newly appointed trainee PWPs.
  • The PGCert IAPT PWP programme is approved by the British Psychological Society.
  • PGCert fees for those working in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies NHS/organisations are funded through a contract with Health Education England.
  • Study at a university ranked 1st in the UK for nursing, and top 10 for psychology and medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): Only available to employees of the NHS and related organisations. Fees paid by contract with the NHS 
  • International students (per annum): Only available to employees of the NHS and related organisations. Fees paid by contract with the NHS
  • PGDip (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): Only available to employees of the NHS and related organisations. Fees paid by contract with the NHS
  • PGCert (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): Only available to employees of the NHS and related organisations. Fees paid by contract with the NHS

Scholarships/sponsorships

PGCert fees for those working in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies NHS/organisations are funded through a contract with Health Education England.

Should you wish to proceed to PGDip or MSc, this will be on a self-funded basis.

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS at grade 7.0 or above, with a score of 6.0 or above in each component;
  • TOEFL test with a score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or above;
  • GCSE English with grade C or above;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency.

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

You should complete the online application form or request a printed form. You also need to complete an employer support form (Word, 56KB).

Advice to applicants

We require you to have written employer support to attend the course and to be given time to complete any necessary practice requirements, including any practice supervision/mentorship arrangements.

As well as applying online, an employer support form (Word, 56KB) must be completed, which can also be requested from  .

Teaching and learning

You will participate in a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, small group work, student-led seminars, problem-based learning scenarios, online learning and clinical simulations.

There is a strong emphasis on skills development through the use of role play, experiential exercises and analysis. Supervised practice and clinical hours are essential to achieve practical skills outcomes for the course.

In addition, you will undertake independent study to further develop and consolidate your learning. All pathways involve sessions by users and/or carers who are seen as essential contributors to student learning as experts by experience.

The course involves attendance at the University for part of the week and the rest is spent in clinical practice. You are required to identify a suitable practice supervisor/mentor to oversee and assess the clinical and/or practice work required for the programme and pathway.

Student trainees working within an IAPT service are expected to receive supervision from supervisors who have completed IAPT Supervisor Training. This is an accredited five-day training programme currently provided by the University.

Coursework and assessment

We use a variety of assessments within each course unit and across the course as a whole. All assessments require you to integrate knowledge and understanding and apply this to your own area of practice relevant to the outcomes of each unit and the focus of each pathway.

Assessment methods include essays, case studies, seminar presentations, literature reviews, recorded clinical simulations and/or recordings of actual client interactions. You are also required to submit practice supervision and clinical hours records.

Course unit details

The course consists of units on the following themes:

PGCert

  • Engagement and Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems
  • Evidence based interventions in Primary Mental Health Care

PGDip

Core course units are shared with students studying other pathways and programmes but retain a pathway-specific focus through group work and assessments. Core course units focus on the following themes:

  • Advanced Evidence Based Practice and Leadership
  • Long Term Conditions (LTCs) in Primary Mental Health
  • Developing Practice and Managing Change

On completion of the taught units (PGDip), successful students who meet progression requirements are able to continue onto their research dissertation for the MSc.

MSc

The Year 3 dissertation consists of a 12,000 to 15,000-word dissertation that undertakes an extended literature-based review/proposal for practice development.

The dissertation enables you, with the support of an individual supervisor, to undertake an extended written piece of work that focuses on a specific aspect of primary mental health care practice in the form of an extended literature-based review.

Career opportunities

This course is for trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (as part of the 'Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies' (IAPT) initiative) who are employed in the NHS in Greater Manchester, as well as other statutory/voluntary services that have been commissioned to provide an IAPT Primary Mental Health Care Service.


Visit the MSc/PGDip Primary Mental Health Care pathway - APIMH page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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