School of Nursing and Midwifery

MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Mental Health Practitioner)

Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your advanced practitioner knowledge and skills within mental health practice? Our MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Mental Health Practitioner) is a clinically-focused specialist pathway designed to develop enhanced mental health assessment and intervention skills for nurses and other healthcare professionals to effectively support people who are suffering from mental health problems, in their recovery journey.

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Enhance your career in the healthcare professions

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • A contemporary and dynamic programme responsive to the changing health and social care environment; including telehealth and sustainability
  • Develop clinical skills in contemporary, evidence based mental health assessment, formulation and interventions.
  • Engage in reflective practice to support person centred and recovery orientated ways of working.
  • Experience a number of formative and summative assessed role play interactions to boost confidence and transfer these skills into your practice.
  • Undertake modules which will enable you to achieve a named pathway award in Mental Health to support your career development.
  • Embed independent and supplementary prescribing into your masters degree (subject to profession).
  • Opportunities to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules delivered by an academic team with extensive experience as well as a close relationship with clinicians contributing to teaching.
  • Be equipped to take on lead roles in management, clinical practice and/or education.
  • Part time programme offering flexible delivery and exit points to support a learner centred approach.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits by undertaking three core modules.

    Postgraduate diploma - to achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking up to six modules: three core, one pathway specific and up to two optional.

    Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with two further core modules in the final year.

    For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice modules for the School of Nursing and Midwifery page.

    Core modules
    • APP701 Advancing Practice in Context

      This module will enable the student to develop their professional understanding within Advancing Practice, allowing them to consider the legal and ethical boundaries, the working environment and the complexities of their practice.

    • APP705 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment and Formulation

      This module will enable students to develop an in depth understanding of the use of `common factors¿ competencies in effective communication skills and collaborative working in the biopsychosocial assessment and formulation of mental health problems, leading to evidenced-based treatment choices. There will be a focus on reflective practice and workplace-based cases to ensure clinical relevance.

    • APP745 Research Methodology and Application

      This module develops an understanding of research designs and methods, enables the critically appraisal of evidence and research and introduces the principles of data collection and analysis. This module is delivered via a distance learning approach.

  • Year 2
  • You must gain 20 credits from a pathway specific module and 40 credits from optional modules in Year 2 to gain a postgraduate diploma.

    Optional modules
    • APP707 CBT Interventions for Mental Health Professionals (Psychosis)

      This module will focus on the development of in depth knowledge and skills in the use of CBT with a focus on supporting people experiencing psychosis. This includes effective assessment, formulation and the development of therapeutic relationships and skills required for the effective and adaptable use of CBT in psychosis. There will be a focus on reflective practice and workplace-based cases to ensure clinical relevance.

    • APP709 Working with People with a Diagnosis of Personality Disorder

      The module seeks to underpin modern mental health practice in working with people whose personality difficulties lead them to come into conflict with others, engage in harm to themselves or to be labelled as 'personality disordered¿. The module is designed to address evidence based interventions in a range of settings. There will be a focus on reflective practice and workplace-based cases to ensure clinical relevance.

    • APP744 Substance Misuse and Dual Diagnosis

      This module focuses on the services and interventions for people who misuse a range of substances or have 'dual diagnosis' implying co-existing mental health problems. Participants will develop their skills for working with this group, consider the influence of various models and approaches as well as the issues for them as individuals and for society.

    • HEAD709 NMP: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Designated Allied Health Professionals

      This short course consists of 39 days over a six month period. It is delivered via a blended learning pathway consisting of 10 face-to-face taught days, one day of examination and 16 self-directed days using a distance learning package. There are an additional 90 hours in practice supported by an Independent Prescriber (doctor). Successful completion will lead to the independent prescribing and supplementary prescribing annotations on the HCPC register.

    • NMP702 Non-Medical Prescribing: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives

      This short course consists of 39 days over a six month period. It is delivered via a blended learning pathway consisting of 10 face-to-face taught days, one day of examination and 16 self-directed days using a distance learning package. There are an additional 90 hours in practice supported by an Independent Prescriber (doctor). Successful completion will lead to the NMC recordable qualification of Nurse independent and supplementary prescriber.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    APP703 - Advancing research knowledge in practice 2
    SPP701 – Substantive professional project

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Advanced Professional Practice Mental Health Practitioner Pathway Specification 6133

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

You will normally have a first degree (BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent plus a professional qualification in health or social care). You will be assessed individually for your ability to study at this level and therefore an interview may be necessary.

If you do not have a first degree at 2:2 or above (or the European first equivalent) but have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme you may still be eligible to apply. In these cases, you would also be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.

You will also need to be working in an environment that will enable you to meet the programme learning outcomes and have a clinical mentor in practice.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice - IELTS of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each category.

AP(E)L:

Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential are accepted and will be assessed following University regulations and faculty procedures.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS):

This programme is equivalent to 90 ECTS credits (second cycle) with 30 ECTS credits at postgraduate certificate, 60 credits at postgraduate diploma and 90 credits at masters degree. Each 20 credit module has the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits and assumes a notional student effort of between 200-300 hours.

Fees, costs and funding

2017-18

Home/EU (part time) International (part time)
£750 per 20 credits N/A

2018-19

Home/EU (part time) International (part time)
£820 per 20 credits N/A

*Please note that some of the optional modules for this programme are specialist or Health and Social Care Partnership modules and therefore may have different fees. Module fees can be found on the individual module webpages.

Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Information about loans and funding for postgraduate study.


How to apply

When to apply

Applications for this programme can usually be made throughout the year. Please check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this programme

Applications should be made by using the relevant PDF or Word application form.

Postgraduate application form DOC – A DOC application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to the University

Postgraduate application form PDF – A PDF application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to the University

Printed application forms are also available and can be obtained from the Professional Development Unit. Please send your completed application form to the address or email listed below:

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Email: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Tel: +44 1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case if you are an overseas student may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website.

Module choices within the School of Nursing and Midwifery

Choose from an extensive range of optional modules and three different exit awards to suit your professional development needs.
Find out more about our modules

MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways

Both the School of Health Professions and the School of Nursing and Midwifery offer the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme; together we offer a wide range of specialist and generic pathways to meet the educational needs of all health and socia
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Career opportunities

You’ll be able to apply for more senior roles within a variety of settings; and work across inter-professional boundaries and alongside a range of healthcare professionals to manage and deliver mental health care.

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