Mental Health MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time, distance learning)

Chelmsford

January, September

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Course duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

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Overview

One in four people will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime. Affecting people from all walks of life, its impact is felt on individuals but also their families and the wider community. The innovative delivery of our Masters course - taught on campus and by distance learning - will increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health care.

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Careers

There’s no doubt that our course will strengthen your employment opportunities in health and social care. Having been taught to think both critically and analytically, you’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge needed for your future career in relevant industries, including public and private health and social care services.

You’ll develop skills that employers value together with a strong understanding of mental health issues, enhancing your employability and preparing you for middle or senior-ranking posts, in the UK and internationally.

Modules & assessment

  • Collaborative Mental Health Care
    Collaborative working within mental health care is at the heart of this module, drawing on examples of good practice from a global perspective. Develop your understanding of collaborative working to enable high quality mental health care to be delivered. Focus on models of collaborative working and exploration of roles and responsibilities in delivering quality care. Collaborative working involves a range of stakeholders and organizations. The inclusion of service users and their families/carers in decision making has been a major shift in care delivery, as has the move from a medical model to a social model. Underpinning this is the emphasis on recovery principles and not symptom management. The development of peer workers in the UK has also led to recognition of how individuals who have experience of mental health problems can contribute to the recovery of others. Emphasis on collaboration to prevent mental health problems is also growing. This includes workplace and school-based initiatives to enable individuals to develop tools for managing their own mental health.
  • Specialist Mental Health Care
    Develop specialist knowledge on certain mental health skills, interventions and an understanding of the therapeutic milieu. You’ll begin to understand and comprehend various specialised aspects of the ‘craft of caring’ for people with a serious mental illness. You’ll have the opportunity to explore more specific aspects of professional care and it will give you the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of more complex individualised care, helping to improve the quality of care the patient receives. Explore the specialisms of forensics, older people, learning disabilities, carers, child and adolescence mental health care needs, as well as specialist services in community and inpatient. Alongside this you’ll be encouraged to consider an international perspective.
  • Research Methodology
    With the increased emphasis on research in contemporary healthcare, it’s essential that you are familiar with research methodology. The ability to critically analyse and synthesise research is a necessary skill for all students, to be able to apply research in all areas of specialist interest in the delivery of effective patient care. You’ll revisit existing knowledge of the research process and we’ll assist you in further developing skills of critical analysis and synthesis. You’ll also have the opportunity to critically appraise the ethical dimensions of research studies that seek to develop, improve and advance healthcare services.
  • Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Care
    Explore current issues in mental health from both a national and global perspective. Together we’ll address a number of issues related to mental health and society. The way in which mental illness is portrayed through the media and the impact this can have on interpretations of mental health and mental illness within a given society will be explored. This includes examining how mental health is represented in the news, on social media and within fictional sources including films and literature. The delivery of culturally appropriate health care will also be examined and how the knowledge gained can be applied to current or future practice.
  • Major Project
    The Major Project is central to the Masters award and enables you to demonstrate your ability to synthesise learning from previous modules. You’ll use this learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing up a research or work-based project. This is the opportunity for you to demonstrate the ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to your chosen topic and a critical understanding of research methods and their relationship to knowledge. You’ll also be in a position to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in your research or professional practice and to expand existing knowledge to contribute to the development of best practice.

You will complete the core modules detailed above. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed in a number of ways, from writing magazine articles and essays to delivering a presentation and a portfolio.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (per year)

£7,900

UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (part-time, per year)

£3,950

UK students starting 2021/22 (per year)

£8,350

UK students starting 2021/22 (part-time, per year)

£4,050

International students starting 2020/21 (per year)

£13,500

International students starting 2020/21 (part-time, per year)

£6,750

International students starting 2021/22 (per year)

£13,900

International students starting 2021/22 (part-time, per year)

£6,950

Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

UK students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. This information also applies to EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021.

How to pay your fees directly

Funding for postgraduate students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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