Postgraduate (12 months, 15 months full-time, part-time)
Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip
Course duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
This course uses blended learning which means it is taught both on campus and via distance learning.
Trimester 1: Monday and Tuesday 10-11 September 09:00 - 16:00
Trimester 2: Monday and Tuesday 21-22 January 09:00 - 16:00
Trimester 3: Thursday and Friday 6-7 June 09:00 - 16:00
Please note that this course is not suitable for international students who require a Tier 4 visa as some teaching is delivered face-to-face and the remaining via distance learning. We welcome applications for other available courses.
One in four people will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime. Affecting people from all walks of life, its impact is felt on individuals but also their families and the wider community. The innovative delivery of our Masters course will increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health care.
Please note that this course does not lead to professional qualification as a mental health nurse. If you are interested in becoming a mental health nurse, visit our BSc Mental Health Nursing course page.
Whatever your background is, our course will meet your personal, professional and educational needs through engaging with innovation, research and leadership.
Each module starts with a two day face-to-face workshop to explain the module and expectations, it's also a time to build relationships with peers and staff. Part time students will do two days of workshops and one module per trimester. Full time students will do four, one day workshops and two modules per trimester. The workshops will be in Chelmsford but if numbers are sufficient they can be put on at our Cambridge campus.
The rest of the learning is distance learning through the virtual learning environment (VLE). This has been built as a very innovative learning environment which addresses all learning styles. Each module takes a virtual international journey - the first is the Siberian express travelling from Moscow to China. Students can collect different types of learning materials at each station and the complete tasks, activities and exercises to help develop their learning on each subject area. Students also have access to a blog and a discussion board to post answers and questions with an alert on each one so the distance learning module tutor managing the VLE will then be alerted when the students have posted. There's also a goods van with study skills material in it.
Course Contact: Julie Teatheredge
There’s no doubt that our course will strengthen your employment opportunities in health and social care. Having been taught to think both critically and analytically, you’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge needed for your future career in relevant industries, including public and private health and social care services.
You’ll develop skills that employers value together with a strong understanding of mental health issues, enhancing your employability and preparing you for middle or senior-ranking posts, in the UK and internationally.
You’ll be assessed in a number of ways, from writing magazine articles and essays to delivering a presentation and a portfolio.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.How to pay your fees directly
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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