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Mental Health (Youth/Interdisciplinary) MSc

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
£10,530 FT (UK students)
£26,280 FT (International Students)
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Inderpal Bahia, one of our students, talks about why he chose to study this course at Birmingham and what he thinks the benefits of the course are.

Our interdisciplinary Mental Health MSc focuses on Youth Mental Health, integrating the latest research and policy into teaching and practice.

Our MSc in Mental Health, with a strong focus on Youth Mental Health, is a unique qualification, bringing together a number of disciplines ranging from psychology, sociology and social policy to medicine, philosophy and education. We are welcoming applications for MSc, PGCert and PGDip in Mental Health.

Scholarships for 2024 entry

The University of Birmingham is proud to offer a range of scholarships for our postgraduate programmes. With a scholarship pot worth over £2 million, we are committed to alleviating financial barriers to support you in taking your next steps.

Each scholarship has its own specific deadlines and eligibility criteria. Please familiarise yourself with the information on individual scholarship webpages prior to submitting an application.

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I am completing the mental health masters. It has greatly benefited me to see mental health issues from various viewpoints, such as, philosophy, research and clinical practice. I also like how the course offers an interdisciplinary view as it approaches mental health holistically. I am truly greatly enjoying the course and I know 100% I made the right choice.

Nuria Gardia , MSc Mental Health

Why study this course?

This is the only interdisciplinary taught MSc in Mental Health in the UK, offering you a unique opportunity to study alongside other students drawn from a range of professional educational backgrounds.

This MSc offers the unique opportunity to learn and research alongside experts drawn from mental health practice (e.g. social policy), academic (e.g. neuroscience, sociology) and lived experience expertise such as our Youth Advisory Group.

Students enrolled on the MSc will benefit from a long and established history in world-leading interdisciplinary mental health research, with experts working directly with NHS partners to understand the causes of poor mental health and develop effective treatments and services.

MSc intercalation

Please note that this programme can be taken as an intercalated option for those studying MBChB Medicine and Surgery either at the University of Birmingham or at another Institution. To apply for the Intercalated MSc Mental Health please complete the following form:

Or to find out more, please contact MDS Intercalation Enquiries.


Core modules

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.

Optional modules

Students will be offered the opportunity to pick three optional modules in addition to the core modules.

Research dissertation

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 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

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


Fees for 2024/25

  • Code 677D: UK students £10,530 FT
  • Code 677D: International students £26,280 FT only
  • Code 678D: UK students £5,265 PT
  • Code 679D: UK Students £7,020 FT PGDip
  • Code 679D: International Students £17,520 FT PGDip
  • Code 681D: UK Students £3,510 FT PGCert
  • Code 681D: International Students £8,760 FT PGCert

Birmingham Masters Scholarship

We are offering over 200 awards of £2,000 to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2024-2025.

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Postgraduate Progression Award

Our Postgraduate Progression Awards offer final year undergraduates at the University of Birmingham a fee discount of £1,500 for postgraduate taught study.

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Learn more about fees and funding.

Are you an international applicant?

All international applicants to this course will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £2,000 on receipt of an offer, to secure their place.

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For further information contact the School directly or get in touch with the Funding, Graduation & Awards via the online enquiries system.

For EU students applying for the 2021/22 academic year

The UK Government is currently working to determine the future fee status for new EU students for the 2021/22 academic year. The Government will provide sufficient notice for prospective EU students on fee arrangements ahead of the 2021/2022 academic year and subsequent years in future. For more information please visit the website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

How To Apply

International students requiring visas

1 July 2024 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2024 made after this date; a new application will need to be made for September 2025.

UK students

31 August 2024 is the application deadline for UK students. We are not able to consider applications for 2024 made after this date; a new application will need to be made for September 2025.

Applications for 2024 entry are now open.

Making your application

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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Our Standard Requirements

  • 2:1 minimum in first degree in relevant discipline (examples include Psychology; Sociology; Social Policy; Medicine; Philosophy; Education)
  • We will also take into account practical experience of working with young people or in mental health settings.

English language requirements

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any band)

International Requirements

In order to apply for the MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Mental Health, you will need to complete an application form:

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In your application form you will be required to submit a personal statement outlining why you would like to register for the course.

Guidance on what to include in your personal statement

(approx. 800 words in total)

The personal statement should describe research experience and research interests, supporting the applicant’s reasons for applying and demonstrating the motivation for studying the MSc. The personal statement should include the following key information:

Section 1: Experience

Your experience to support you undertaking this course of study may have been gleaned in different ways. You may have previously studied a related subject and you want to continue your learning; you may have worked professionally or in a voluntary capacity that has generated enthusiasm for further study; or you may have personal or lived experience of mental ill health and wish to draw on that to inform your study. All experiences are valued and valuable – what we are looking for in your personal statement is for you to explain briefly what experience you have, but importantly how it will inform your learning. For example you could:

  • Briefly describe the research project you completed in the final year of your undergraduate degree and explore further research interests.
  • Briefly describe any other work you have undertaken either professionally or as a volunteer that supports your application to study.
  • Do you have any lived experience that you would like to draw upon? If Yes, briefly describe how your experience could inform your studies. Please note you do not need to share your experience with us if you do not feel comfortable to do so, what we are interested in is you explaining your motivation for study.

Section 2: Research Interests

We would like you to briefly describe how your research interests fit within the areas of research expertise in the Institute for Mental Health here at the University of Birmingham. Questions you may wish to think about include:

  • What are your research interests?
  • What research methods and analysis techniques would you like to use or develop as a student on the MSc?
  • What are your future research/career plans? How will a place on the MSc help you to achieve your future research/career plans?

International Students

English language requirements

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any band)

  • IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band
  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

Students writing in notepad

You will be taught using blended learning and what is called the ‘flipped classroom’ learning model. As part of this approach, you will use a variety of integrated software options in order to study at your own pace using our online e-learning platform. This will work towards weekly two hour discussion groups and seminars. As students, this means that you will work through bespoke training and exercises each week, and undertake individual study and reading. 

As part of this MSc course you will join seminar and workshop groups with experts in the field who have designed and are delivering the module content to debate the material, think critically about the content, and build your skills and knowledge each week throughout the 11 week module programmes. This MSc embraces a range of innovative teaching practices ranging from the way the content is being delivered through to the design of the assessments for modules.

Contact Hours

Each module is designed to be 11 weeks in duration, with a minimum of 2 contact hours per week per module depending on the mode of study and optional module choices made.

The remainder of the working week consists of self-guided study based on degree programme content and the requirements of the specific modules.

Assessment Methods

The MSc in Mental Health has varied assessment methods given the richness and interdisciplinary nature of the programme. The way that the different assessments have been designed for the MSc is to ensure that your studies help you to develop essential skills that are transferrable to future employment. As such, you will be assessed in a variety of ways. Each assessment is tailored to each module and the material offered within the courses but may include essay assignments, grant writing, reports, learning portfolios, video creation, other types of writing, oral and poster presentations, or synoptic examination.

Student Wellbeing

The University additionally has student wellbeing services available to students who may need extra support and guidance during their studies.

If you find that you are struggling with the demands of the academic work, your personal tutor or the Postgraduate Taught Leads for the Institute for Mental Health are there to advise you. If you find that you are struggling and in need of welfare support and guidance, please reach out to either the University of Birmingham student welfare and wellbeing support service directly or talk to your personal tutor or the Postgraduate Taught Leads for the Institute for Mental Health who will signpost you to the appropriate services.

Graduates from this course will make excellent candidates for research-related employment in both private and public sector organisations as the MSc in Mental Health develops key skills that are highly attractive to employers, including analytical and statistical skills, as well as presentation and report writing skills. This MSc is also excellent preparation for a PhD or other advanced degree positions.

The MSc in Mental Health will help address a number of key priority areas:

  • The rising public awareness of mental health, and the increasing demand on public services to respond to public demand and mental illness.

  • The call to skill up the national and international workforce in relation to children and young people’s mental health.

  • The increasing awareness of employers and their responsibilities in relation to Workplace Wellbeing and promoting Workplace Mental Health.

  • The increased significance that the Mental Health research agenda has received in the UK and internationally, and the need to train the next generation of Mental Health researchers and to retain clinical staff in the NHS workforce.