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Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis - APIMH (COPE) (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    30 months part time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    16 January 2018

Course content

Our MSc Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis course is a pathway of our Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health (APIMH) programme and aims to help mental health practitioners to work more effectively with people with psychosis.

APIMH has been designed to respond and contribute to the modernisation of mental health care delivery and service design, and this particular pathway is based on robust evidence indicating that structured psychosocial interventions incorporating cognitive behavioural and family-based approaches can be extremely effective and beneficial for people with psychosis.

This evidence forms the basis of national policy guidelines (NICE, 2014) recommending that such interventions should be offered as standard to all people experiencing a psychotic illness. Our Year 1 course units have been developed specifically to allow graduates from the PGCert level to be able to conduct assessments and deliver family intervention to these approved standards.

You will attend the University for one day per week during term-time and the equivalent of one day per week in practice to achieve the practical skills outcomes associated with some course units. You will be required to identify a suitable practice supervisor/mentor to oversee the clinical and/or practice work required.


We aim to enhance access to, and the effectiveness of, mental health and social care services that are evidence-based, multidisciplinary and focused on the needs of service users and their carers.

This course aims to equip qualified mental health practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills to enhance both their own and others' practice, and contribute to innovations and developments in mental health care and services.

Teaching and learning

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

There is a strong emphasis on skills development through the use of role play, experiential exercises and analysis, and elements of supervised practice and practice mentorship to achieve practical skills outcomes for some course units.

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.

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, assessed seminar presentations, literature reviews and recorded clinical simulations. For some course units, you are also required to submit practice supervision/or practice mentorship records.

The dissertation for the MSc requires you to undertake an extended written piece of work (12,000-15,000 words) that focuses on a specific aspect of mental health practice in the form of an extended literature-based review/proposal for practice development.

Course unit details

The programme consists of pathway-specific and core/compulsory course units. Pathway-specific units focus on the following themes:

Course units include:

Year 1

  • Assessment, screening and formulation
  • Family intervention in psychosis and bipolar disorder

Year 2

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:

  • Research and evidence base for practice and different approaches and methods used in social research
  • Developing Practice and Managing Change
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis

On completion of the taught units of the programme (PGDip), successful students who meet progression requirements are able to continue onto their research dissertation for the MSc. The dissertation enables students, with the support of an individual supervisor, to undertake an extended written piece of work which focuses on a specific aspect of Mental Health Practice in the form of an extended literature based review/proposal for practice development.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course have taken up senior positions at national and regional level leading strategic developments and making significant contributions to research in this area of practice.

Visit the Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis - APIMH (COPE) (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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