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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Canterbury Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MSc Mental Health is a really interesting and insightful course, delivered by knowledgeable and supportive tutors with a wealth of practice experience.


This one year, full-time course will provide structured learning to support the development of informed, inclusive and skilled practitioners and researchers.

Poor mental health affects a wide range of factors including our physical health, our relationships and our desire to take part in the world around us. Research highlights that poor mental health is an inevitable consequence of inequalities, adverse childhood experiences and trauma. How can we best respond to people whose lives are most affected by these factors? What are the key challenges faced by mental health service users and service providers?

You will learn about the importance of trauma-informed responses and responses that empower and support an individual in realizing their capabilities. We will explore the debates about diagnostic systems; dependence on the use of medications and the scarcity of talking therapies for people in mental distress. How can we better plan for an inclusive mental health system that ensures there is no health without mental health?

The course does not lead to a professional qualification (such as nursing, or counselling) but it does equip you for employment and progression in the mental health field. It would also benefit anyone likely to encounter people with mental health problems in the course of their daily work (e.g. housing officers, teachers, advice workers). The course covers current issues in mental health provision both in the UK and in a wider international context.

Your future career

Students undertaking the MSc Mental Health will be graduates entering the field or experienced practitioners who will bring their existing knowledge and skills to the course. It will provide the opportunity to share and learn from other practitioners from across the health and social care sector. Many jobs in this field require that you have work experience as well as knowledge of the key aspects of mental health care. Please note that we do not provide you with work experience so this is an aspect of your development that you will need to organise. We can give you advice on the type of volunteering or paid work that will enhance your employability.

During your studies you will be accumulating the key knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate that you are equipped to respond effectively to needs of people in mental distress. Evidence of your learning along with any work-based experience you are able to arrange for yourself will improve your job applications or enhance your prospects of career progression.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Canterbury Christ Church University

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  • Campus address

    Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    61st out of 83 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    103 59%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.89 78%



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