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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Blended learning

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This new Mad Studies Programme at Queen Margaret University (QMU) it is the first of its kind internationally. It has been designed in partnership with CAPS Independent Advocacy and academics at (QMU) from Occupational Therapy and Public Sociology. It has developed from the ongoing “Oor Mad History" project at CAPS and the Mad Studies short course at QMU titled “Mad Peoples History and identity”.

This course will be particularly suitable for you if you are a graduate with lived experience of mental health issues engaged in the mad movement and or mental health organisations within the third or public sectors. You may be a student, volunteer, activist or employee who wants to learn how Mad Studies theory and research can meaningfully contribute to your academic skills, activism and work. It will also be suitable for you if you are a professional who is looking to expand your knowledge, skills and practice through single CPD modules in Mad Studies.

Why QMU?

  • This is the first Mad Studies MSc Internationally.
  • There are some funded places for people with lived experience of mental health issues.
  • It is a unique dialogical space to share and expand your knowledge, skills, practice and actions with public sociology, activists and the mad community.
  • Learn from a team with a wide range of academic backgrounds and experience in community settings outside the university, including the mad movement, young people, environmental campaigns, community education, gender justice and queer activism.​

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD.


Graduates of Mad Studies may be suitably qualified for a range of careers involving public engagement in the public or third sector organisations.

Tuition fees

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University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    9th out of 30 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 159
    163 90%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 100
    84 84%



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