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Mental Health Practice MSc/PGDip/PGCert


Course facts

  • Name: Mental Health Practice
  • Qualification: MSc/PGDip/PGCert
  • Duration: 1 year full time, 3 years part time

Mental health is an area of practice that all professionals will come across in their working lives and may be required to develop quality interventions in their own areas of professional practice. Mental health affects all ages and cultures and requires skilful and knowledgeable interventions to foster recovery.

Poor mental health is a leading cause of DALYs (Disability Adjusted Life Years) or years lost to illness, according to the World Health Organisation.

Mental health practice has been taught within Nursing and Social Work at the School of Health Sciences for many years  and  has expanded more recently into more specialised areas such as Dementia Care and Children and Adolescent's Mental Health care. We have our own inter-professional Centre for Mental Health and Society that focuses upon current local and global research topics.

Candidates from the local health board are able to study this course part time for up to 3 years. For more information please contact Marjorie Ghisoni –

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Your will study a variety of topics related to core skills and quality improvement in mental health practice including communication skills, therapeutic interventions, diagnostic criteria, formulation, care coordination, law and ethics, inter-professional working, research methods, risk management and leadership.

Course Structure

The main aims of the MSc in Mental Health Practice are to critically examine the determinants of mental health and to advance the knowledge and skills of students who are working in or studying in mental health practice, locally and internationally.

Upon completion of this programme students will be able to manage complex situations  in a variety of professional environments  and develop innovative approaches to  mental health practice. Students will also be able to show originality and sound judgement by developing an in-depth knowledge of policies, law and evidence based literature and be able to synthesise the literature into a narrative account of current, up to date, and evidence based mental health practice. 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This programme  offers a flexible learning  approach for practitioners including  the NHS Independent & third sector organisations ,the police, social work, nursing, probation and education etc. You will be encouraged to develop work-based skills in presenting information and critically analysing practice using up to date evidence-based literature.  You will be assessed using a variety of methods including assignments, presentations, online discussion and community or work-based learning.  A dissertation is required at the end of the programme outlining recent study and or research in an area of practice within your chosen field.

International students and   students with experience in mental health practice are also welcome to apply.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Mental Health Practice Modules page.

Entry Requirements

  • Relevant Undergraduate Bachelor Degree at least 2:2 (or equivalent from a recognised institution).
  • Evidence of experience in practice and interview.
  • English language standard – we ask for an IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual score less than 5.5.

This does not apply to all prospective candidates; please ask for advice, as your Bachelor degree may be sufficient to meet this requirement

The School will consider working professionals with non-graduate qualifications on an individual basis

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email


Early applications for admission to the programme are encouraged.  Applications should be made using Bangor University’s online application system but informal enquiries are welcome. 

Need help applying?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Marjorie Ghisoni on +44 (0)1248 383139 or by emailing We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Apply

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here. For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer (e.g. taking an IELTS Test to meet the English Language requirement). If you are making an application for one of our professional courses, which has limited place availability, you are advised to contact the academic school for advice on the final dates for applications.

Careers and Employability

Students who complete level 7 study on this programme can apply for and become more involved in managerial positions within their organisations by demonstrating their ability to manage complex situations and develop innovate ideas in their own areas of practice.

Research / Links with Industry

Mental health and illness affects all areas of all organisations, from the individual customer or client to the whole workforce. People who are skilled and knowledgeable in mental health practice will have the confidence to address the needs of the client or workforce in a capable and evidence-based approach which, will greatly increase the likelihood of a successful outcome for all.


Please visit our course fees page to see fees for overseas students.

Further information

Contact us

If you have additional questions about academic aspects of the course, please e-mail: Marjorie Ghisoni 

Have a look at this page for reasons to study for a postgraduate degree at Bangor University's School of Health Sciences.

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