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Mental Health Practice (MSc)

Course Description

This programme develops your skills to work at advanced levels as a clinical expert, manager or educator in settings where distress
arising from mental ill health is an influence on outcome.

About the programme

Designed for nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers and other professional groups working with mental ill health, this programme will develop your practice and knowledge in therapeutic skills, leadership or education.

Additional Entry Information

Consideration will be given to applicants who have a degree in an unrelated topic or who have gained their degree several years ago
where continued further development in knowledge through postgraduate studies would demonstrate currency in certified learning, at the discretion of the Programme Leader.
English language proficiency with candidates expected to achieve IELTS standard of 6 (with no less than 5.5 for each component)

Your learning

You will choose one of three pathways prior to starting the programme – Therapeutic Skills; Leadership; or Education, aligning your study with your career aspirations.

You can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after completing three modules (60 credits); a Postgraduate Diploma after completing six modules (120 credits); or the Masters award in MSc Mental Health Practice (180 credits). Each of the awards will reflect your chosen pathway e.g. the Leadership pathway includes the optional awards of Postgraduate Certificate Mental Health Practice (Leadership), Postgraduate Diploma Mental Health Practice (Leadership) or MSc Mental Health Practice (Leadership).

- Postgraduate Certificate:
• Core Values in Mental Health Practice (core): reviews the development of policy and understanding of mental ill health and its treatment.

• The Supervisory Process (core): explores how supervision and support can most effectively support practice development.

You will also select one option from the following pathway specific modules:
• Therapeutic Skills for Mental Health: introduces key cognitive and behavioural interventions for individuals and families.

• Education for Mental Health: reviews the educational theories as specifically related to mental health policy and practice.

• Leadership for Mental Health: explores current policy directives and the leadership qualities required in order to meet their demands

- Postgraduate Diploma:
• Independent Study for Mental Health (core): you will select a relevant professional focus, undertaking a supported investigation of this pathway related topic.

• Research for Health and Social Care (core): a deeper exploration of research paradigms leading to the development of research questions applicable for the MSc dissertation.

• Changing Mental Health Services (core): explores change management, essential skills for influencing practice development at a team level.

- MSc:
You will complete the Research and Enquiry Dissertation module.

Our Careers Adviser says

You may pursue management, educational and clinical leadership roles in practice, and also in research and education.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

Visit the Mental Health Practice (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a professional background and be working within environments where mental ill health is a determinant on client outcome. They will need an identified workplace supervisor and a supportive manager to assist them across the duration of the programme. Applicants must also have a relevant first degree or equivalent qualification at SCQF Level 9 (i.e. Graduate Certificate in Acute Care) normally within the past five years and has a command of current, evidenced based knowledge within their chosen subject.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

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