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MSc Mental Health Studies (Top-up for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing)

The MSc in mental health studies is a top up degree for graduates who have completed the two year postgraduate diploma in mental health nursing.

This programme can be completed over one year full time or two years part time and will give you a full masters qualification.

As the holder of a masters level award, you will be far more likely to achieve career progression into more senior healthcare roles. But that is not the only good news.

By choosing to study at Health Sciences you will benefit from the findings of our ground breaking research, along with our close links to major healthcare providers and first class academics.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for MSc Mental Health Studies (Top-up for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing) at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Mental Health Studies (Top-up for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing) and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSc Mental Health Studies (Top-up for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing).

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

Level: 7

Duration: One year full time, two years part time

This mental health masters top up programme will give you an enhanced critical awareness of a full range of concepts, current research matters and professional issues.

You will become skilled in project management, and also acquire the ability to formulate more effective reports and dissemination strategies.

Throughout your studies you will also benefit from contact with a personal supervisor, with whom you will meet privately to discuss your progress. 

To Apply

Application details: Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 8213

Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 8295


Programme lead: Lyn Wilson

Programme Structure

Your main objectives on this Mental Health MSc are as follows:

You should become better at systematically searching for and identifying relevant criteria, whilst selecting robust evidence to validate your conclusions.

We also expect you to become adept at using qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis and interpretation techniques.

Critical appraisal of different types of evidence using critical appraisal tools will be high on the agenda as well.

Plus, we expect you to show a sound knowledge of research, governance and ethics.

Furthermore, acquiring skills that aid the evaluation, interpretation and transferability of evidence will also be central to success.

Key Facts

The University of Southampton School of Health Sciences successfully introduced the PGDip Mental Health Practitioner award in 2003. Students undertaking this route to mental health studies have an opportunity to achieve a full masters award, through the undertaking of a ‘top up’ masters dissertation. The MSc mental health masters award will inform personal practice and potentially wider service provision. It will demonstrate your ability to study independently and undertake a critical exploration of a topic, analysing it from multiple dimensions, using evidence from a wide range of sources, and drawing conclusions from the project to disseminate to practice.

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

You will have successfully achieved the Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice before embarking on the MSc in mental health studies.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

You will undertake the Dissertation module


Year 1

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Books Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIt may be possible to submit coursework on line. However, where it is not possible to submit on line students will be asked to provide a printed copy.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

At the beginning of this masters in mental health studies you will attend a two day introduction programme.

This is designed to prepare you for higher level study, and also to refresh your understanding of research methods.

You will then perform the bulk of your learning through lectures, group work and individual tuition.

Study locations

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