About this course
Develop your theoretical knowledge of mental health and study alongside graduates from a range of related backgrounds in a dynamic and creative environment.
- Develop your knowledge of mental health
- Access a diverse and inclusive learning experience
- Work with fellow students on research projects that support change in and around the mental health milieu
The programme ethos is to create an environment where you will be exposed to a diverse and inclusive learning experience, enabling you to work collaboratively in developing research projects with the potential to support change in and around the mental health milieu.
The systemic agenda in the public and private sectors focus on crossing boundaries and enabling whole systems change. There are very few programmes nationally where the focus is on integration of learners from multiple sectors of practice and society in considering the sociocultural aspects of mental health illness. This Masters programme aims to facilitate a wide-ranging approach to change in mental health.
You'll benefit from high quality teaching in a modern and developing faculty. The combination of core, optional and research modules creates an environment in which you are supported to develop your thinking and knowledge of mental health through education and research. The programme team have a depth and breadth of subject specific academic knowledge designed to ensure you are supported in developing both personally and professionally.
LJMU graduates tell us that during their time here they learned from experts in their field, enjoyed great one-to-one support and were challenged. They made friends with people from all over the world, tried new sports and got free access to some of the finest cultural events in the UK. Although we love to hear that our graduates had an incredible time, we know that your experience is going to be unique and shaped entirely by you, your needs and your ambitions.
PLEASE NOTE: This programme is not a Nursing (Mental Health) pre-qualifying programme and will not result in you being registered as a nurse. Please instead see our BSc (Hons) Nursing Mental Health undergraduate degree or MSc Nursing Mental Health postgraduate degree. Both of these programmes lead to registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
If you're a Registered Nurse and want to explore Mental Health in the context of your practice, you may also be interested in our MA Nursing Mental Health postgraduate degree.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
Postgraduate study is used by some to move up the career ladder, for others to change direction and for many simply to enhance their knowledge. As an academic venture, the Masters route offers the added value that research, learning and academic study can have on your personal and professional development.
There are five compulsory Core modules, totalling 140 credits.
The remaining 40 credits are made up of your choice of Optional which can be tailored to your personal interest.
Foundations of Research
This module encourages you to develop your skills as a potential producer of research, as well as your ability to systematically evaluate research outcomes from a variety of sources. You will be exposed to a variety of activities designed to engage with skills in applied research, based on theoretical concepts. The module is firmly based on a thorough philosophical understanding of the nature of research and its implications in health and wellbeing. It aims to:
- provide a critical knowledge base of the philosophical foundations of health and social research
- provide a sound foundation in research design and methodology
- prepare you to carry out empirical and literature based research
The dissertation module offers you an opportunity to explore in-depth an area of personal or professional interest that relates to your programme of study. In doing this, you will expand your research skills and apply what you have learnt in the earlier modules to your research project.
The Self in Mental Health
This module aims to critically explore the concept of the self within a mental health context. It is assessed via a referenced script or your journey of development and oral presentation to support this. The focus is on the different aspects of the self; the responsible self – relates to society and culture, the development of self – relates to the psychological and emotional aspects of self, the potential self – relates to coaching, and the reasoned self – ethical reasoning and decision-making. You will explore the self as personality, as a belief system, as a relational dynamic and therapeutic model to personal and professional practice - Peplau, Watson, Barker, Berne, and Heron. There will also be a focus on self-awareness as self-discovery and the use of self in the talking therapies encompassing critical reflection, emotional intelligence, self resilience, skills in relation to mindfulness, compassion-based approaches, advocacy and applying a right based approach.
The Creation of Mental Illness
This 30 credit module aims to develop a critical understanding of the historical and socio-cultural framework and perceptions of mental health illness. It is assessed via a poster presentation supported by a written critical analysis. The focus of the module is on the portrayal of mental illness through a variety of mediums. This includes the exploration of society's relationship with mental illness across time, the portrayal of mental illness through art, film, and media and the philosophical development of psychiatry and mental illness.
Research Ethics and Governance
This module aims to develop your critical understanding of the principles and processes of research ethics and governance.
Ethical and Legal Issues within Advanced Practice
Aimed at those working as registered professionals in a relevant area of practice, this module will build your skills in advanced practice decision making. It will also raise your appreciation of the ethical and legal responsibilities involved in advanced practice decision making.
This module critically examines a range of key issues relating to violence and health from international, national and local perspectives. It demonstrates the need for an interdisciplinary public health approach when addressing the causes of violence, building prevention control strategies, and promoting safety. It enables you to understand and develop strategies to control violence.
This module enhances your knowledge and understanding of addiction as a public health issue and also its risk factors. It assesses different models of addiction e.g. drug addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling etc as well as its associations and mediators/moderators.
Addictions: Policy and Interventions
This module enhances your knowledge and understanding of addictions policy objectives, enabling you to critically assess the effectiveness of the interventions. It enables you to:
- identify core addiction policies and strategies from a UK and international perspective and assess how these are developed and put into operation
- examine how personal and structural forces impact on addiction and assess if these are related to policy objectives
- evaluate policies and interventions designed to improve addiction outcomes
Collaborative and Professional Practice in Dementia Care
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of dementia. It helps you to think creatively, identify innovations in care delivery, how these can be adapted and applied to the service planning and delivery within your own organisation.
Safeguarding in Multi-Professional Practice
The aim of this module is to enhance the management and implementation of safeguarding policies within a range of care settings and client groups.
Engaging in Children and Young People's Complex Mental Health
This 20 credit module will develop an understanding of mental health in children and young people using a multi-disciplinary approach.
Arts in Mental Health and Wellbeing
20 credits credits
The aim of this module is to help you to develop a critical understanding of current practice and research in the field of arts within mental health and wellbeing; and to critically argue why engagement in the arts has added value in helping to promote, prevent, manage and treat mental health conditions.
You will learn through a mix of activity including workshops, tutorials and seminars.
Areas covered include:
- “The Arts and Mental Health momentum” – research and policy developments
- “The Added Health Value of Arts Engagement” - prevention and promotion; management and treatment
- “The Social Prescribing Movement” – origins, evolution and current evidences
- “Beyond Health Determinants” - culture capital, habitus and class
- “The Arts and Mental Health momentum” – developments in practice
Suicide Prevention in Adults: A Psychosocial Approach
This module will help you to develop a critical understanding of psychosocial suicide prevention approaches. You will be able to critically appraise and reflect on the application of these approaches in practice.
- Evidence base for psychosocial suicide prevention
- Legal, ethical, professional aspects of psychosocial suicide prevention
- Philosophy of risk management
- Understanding of the influence of risk factors
- Risk formulation
- Safety planning
- Effective person centred care: collaboration/engagement, care, compassion and hope
An insight into teaching on your course
This part-time course has a strong emphasis on self-guided study. A 20-credit module, for example, may involve 30 hours of timetabled study over a 15-week period, supported up by independent study focused on virtual learning resources and allocated tasks.
The MA Mental Health programme aims to offer high quality teaching in a modern and developing faculty. The combination of core, optional and research modules creates an environment in which you are supported to develop your thinking and knowledge of mental health through education and research. Teaching will be supported by a wider sector of the mental health practice community e.g. NHS, Social care, voluntary and independent sector, education and the business sectors.
MA Mental Health offers a creative and innovative approach to learning. The academic team is keen to develop new methods of enhancing your knowledge in the area of mental health.
You will learn via lectures, simulated learning, field trips, workshops, seminars, role play, scenario-based learning and critical debate.
LJMU's virtual learning environment further enhances the learning experience and the use of interactive online resources have received positive feedback from students across the School. All course materials are available online via the virtual learning environment.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.
We have designed the assessment tasks to enable you to enhance your learning and to encourage robust feedback processes from peers and academics alike.
There is a strong focus on methods that relate to reflexivity, policy and practice and consideration of ‘real-world’ mental health issues.
I am a senior lecturer in mental health nursing and have worked within the field of mental health for 25 years.
Our MA Mental Health degree provides an exciting opportunity for you to broaden your mental health knowledge by developing critical thinking in areas such as: mental health policy and practice, mental health research, the history of mental health and self-reflexivity in mental health practice. You will also have the opportunity to undertake research in a mental health topic of your choice, whilst being guided by subject experts.
What you can expect from your School
Situated in the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design, deliver and evaluate a dynamic suite of postgraduate programmes. In addition to specialist facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres, the Avril Robarts Library which is open 24/7 during semesters plus a large café, IT facilities and social spaces.
LJMU's excellent educational and professional training facilities include £1.6 million practice suites which show a patient's journey from the home environment through to rehabilitation. We use the latest clinical equipment for simulations and developing clinical skills in child, adult and mental health nursing, paramedic practice, social work and midwifery. We also have purpose-built, soundproof booths with video camera and playback facilities.
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You will need:
- a minimum 2:2 Honours degree in a related subject
- two references, academic transcripts or equivalent
Non-standard applications are welcomed. The programme leader will make a decision on whether to admit the candidate on the basis of experience.
- IELTS Level 7.0 in all components
International students entering on a Student visa cannot study part-time.
Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.