These are indicative modules and may change – we are running a reduced choice of optional modules in 2020/21 to ensure our teaching is resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Four core modules make up the MSc:
- Core module A: Mental Health 1 - Principles of Mental Health and Disorder (20 credits)
- Core module B: Mental Health 2 - Youth Mental Health (20 credits)
- Core module C: Research Methods in Mental Health (20 credits)
- Code module D: Research Dissertation in Mental Health (60 credits)
Through the core modules students will demonstrate a sound grasp of core principles of mental health, youth mental health and interdisciplinary research methods.
Students will be offered the opportunity to pick three optional modules in addition to the core modules. Each optional module has a corresponding employability pathway listed below. (Visit employability for more information about pathways.)
- Suicide and Self-harm (20 credits)
- Philosophy of Mental Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
- Translational Cognitive Neuroscience (20 credits)
- Service User and Carer Involvement in Mental Health (20 credits)
- Sociology of Mental Health & Illness (20 credits)
Students will also undertake a research dissertation. Students on the MSc will be offered the opportunity to undertake a research dissertation placement working on a current research project embedded in a virtual research laboratory linked to the Institute for Mental Health at the University of Birmingham. This will give students the unique opportunity for one-to-one contact with world-leading research-active staff based at the University of Birmingham.
During the research project students will gain hands-on experience and knowledge in specific topics such as self-harm and suicide, youth mental health, or policy evaluation, and have the opportunity to work across a range of academic disciplines ranging from psychology to social policy, philosophy, and neuroscience. Depending on the topic and substantive contribution of this dissertation research, students will receive an MSc in Mental Health (Youth) or an MSc in Mental Health (Interdisciplinary).
Module combinations explained
Students will be awarded either an MSc in Mental Health (Youth Mental Health) or an MSc in Mental Health (Interdisciplinary Mental Health). The (focus) that is added to the MSc in Mental Health will depend upon the Dissertation topic chosen. The PGDip and PGCert will be in Mental Health only.
Award: MSc Mental Health (Youth Mental Health) - You are required to take all four Core Modules A, B, C, D plus three Optional Modules = 180 credits
Award: MSc Mental Health (Interdisciplinary Mental Health) - You are required to take all four Core Modules A, B, C, D plus three Optional Modules = 180 credits
Award: PGDip Mental Health - You are required to take three Core Modules A, B, C plus three Optional Modules = 120 credits
Award: PGCert Mental Health - You are required to take three Core Modules A, B, C = 60 credits