Mental Health (Youth/Interdisciplinary) MSc
How long it takes:
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Distance learning/ Campus
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Newcastle Law School
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 Newcastle. This will give students the unique opportunity for one-to-one contact with world-leading research-active staff based at the University of Newcastle.
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
Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.
Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.
This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
- Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
- Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
- Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs
Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21
MSc: Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300
Tuition fees for International students 2020/21
MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
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.
This MSc is designed to recruit from and feed into four different employment pathways (see diagram below), including a public sector leadership and management pathway, a clinical pathway, an industry pathway, and an academic pathway.