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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Part-time: 3-5 years.

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Last Updated

    25 January 2018

Course content

Increasingly on the agenda since national policy developments such as ‘Personality Disorder: No Longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion’ (DoH, 2003), the impetus to acknowledge personality disorder as a mainstream mental health activity continues with NICE guidelines in 2009. Such guidance outlines the development of services for individuals with personality disorder in all settings, including primary and secondary care. It recognises the importance of increasing specialist knowledge and staff development. The MSc Personality Disorder by Research is an innovative course, which provides students with an opportunity not only to enhance their skills and understanding of research issues, but also engage in research focusing specifically on personality disorder. The course recognises the centrality of linking practice to research as a major tenant of moving the agenda forward in personality disorder.


Students will undertake a variety of assessments including essays, case study, student initiated project, critical dialogue, research proposal, and dissertation or dissertation by papers.



  • NU3309 Theoretical Context of Personality Disorder (Semester 1)
  • NU4015 Assessment and Therapeutic Approaches to Personality Disorder (Semester 2)


  • NU4025 Introduction to Postgraduate Research (Semester 1/2)
  • NU4019 Managing Complex Mental Health Needs, Relationships and Environments (Semester 3)
  • NP4001 Evidence, Effectiveness and Evaluation, 


  • NU4026 Advanced Research Methods


Within the MSc Personality Disorder (Research) a dissertation is compulsory. 

You have the choice of:

  • NU4053 Dissertation (60 Credit) 


  • NU4008 Dissertation (40 Credit),

in conjunction with a module not previously studied from:

  • NP4001 Evidence, Effectiveness and Evaluation
  • NU4026 Advanced Research Methods


The MSc Personality Disorder is a part-time programme of study. This means that you can enrol for up to 4 modules per year. For many healthcare practitioners, working full-time, this would be a heavy workload. If you enrol for the MSc award at the start of your programme of study, you will be expected to complete within 3 – 5 years.

The course attempts to discuss the key themes in current thinking around personality disorder, including the following themes: 

  • Classification and nosology
  • Models and theories of personality disorder
  • Ideological, ethical, and philosophical issues
  • Assessment processes
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Team working and communication
  • Therapeutic environments and interventions
  • Research process
  • Critiquing research
  • Contextual methodology and design
  • Service development and design

The content reflects the need to develop evidence based practice and allows students to consider the main issues in the area of personality disorder.


Also see Personality Disorder (Practice Development), MSc/PGDip.

Visit the Personality Disorder (Research) - MSc/PGDip page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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