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Psychiatric Practice - MScPGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in mental health practice. You can expect to gain significant opportunities in continuing professional development by choosing to study modules relevant to the field you work in which can also be taken as short courses.

Along with lectures and expert led clinics, you will also have regular small group seminars and tutorials, with the additional support of a personal tutor. This programme has a practical emphasis and also provides opportunities for additional attendance to short courses and conferences offered by the Department. You’ll have a choice of modules, excellent networking and peer support, and consistently positive feedback.

Course Structure

The MSc Psychiatric Practice comprises of 6 taught modules (30 credits each) of approximately 12 weeks duration. Successful completion of the programme leads to an award of MSc Psychiatric Practice

Postgraduate Certificate
Core Modules:
-Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice
-Principles in Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience

Postgraduate Diploma
Core Modules:
-Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice
-Principles in Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience
-Advanced Approaches in Specialist Mental Health Services
-Evidence Based Practice

Core Modules:
-Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice
-Principles in Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience
-Advanced Approaches in Specialist Mental Health Services
-Evidence Based Practice
-Physical Health and Mental Health: What’s the Connection?
-Strategies for Identifying and Managing Addictive Behaviours
-Service Improvement

Clinical lectures focus on the principles of Mental Health Practice.

The programme has an emphasis on the following key areas: an overview of the different models of Mental Health intervention; Behavioural techniques; Psycho education and self help; Risk and use of evidence based on clinical research; Multidisciplinary co-ordination; Specialist health and social care reforms; Cultural competence; and Interventions for vulnerable client groups.

Examples of clinical skills included during the programme are: Consultation skills: history taking / conducting a good psychiatric history; Bio-psychosocial assessment; Neurological and cognitive examination; Clinical case management and many more.

Why choose this course?

The MSc Psychiatric Practice is a taught, master’s programme for clinicians, wishing to develop or extend practical skills, knowledge and experience in mental health practice.

It has an emphasis on developing practical competencies; good diagnostic skills, appropriate and timely management of common mental health problems to reflect current trends in mental health practice.

This programme is supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills demonstrations, clinical placements and conference presentations by academic staff and invited expert clinicians.


International students should note that completion of one MSc Psychiatric Practice does not lead to registration to practice in the UK or endorse clinicians to consider themselves a specialist in Mental Health in the UK. This programme may be sufficient for practitioners to work as a specialist Mental Health practitioner in their country of origin, local requirements should be checked prior to commencing the programme.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including: interactive and ‘key-note’ lectures, seminars and workshops incorporating for example case studies, role play, scenario based learning and discussion groups covering a wide variety of topics. Individual and group based tutorials. Skills based demonstrations / workshops and the use of technologies for example video, podcasts, and other e-packages designed to enhance learning and teaching. These resources are supported by a well stocked learning resource centre and via a virtual learning environment called StudyNet which enables you to access learning resources on line 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

Visit the Psychiatric Practice - MScPGDip/PGCert page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Registered with a relevant professional body (e.g. HPC, NMC, GSCC, GMC(GP)); normally a first degree in a related discipline. Applicants with evidence of equivalent professional development or academic proficiency will be considered; two years full time (or equivalent) in a relevant field; employment in, or access to, an appropriate area of psychiatric practice whilst enrolled on the programme.

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