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Mental Health Practice

Postgraduate course
Social Sciences & Psychology

Enhance your employability by developing your critical thinking skills and knowledge on mental health care in a range of practice areas

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    City Campus

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Our team have considerable skills and experience as mental health practitioners and in delivering evidence-based interventions in practice.
Entry Requirements
Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Health Care, Mental Health, Nursing, Occupational Therapy or Social Work, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All students will normally be working, in paid or unpaid employment, within mental health and/or community care as students need to be able to reflect on their experience and relate theory with practice. All applicants should be able to evidence recent professional development/study; of working with different patient/client groups; awareness of current policies affecting the sector and potential implications for service delivery. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


  • Sally McManus


Sally McManus
Early Intervention in Psychosis Practitioner, Community Links Aspire

MSc Mental Health Practice

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“I did my Certificate in Mental Health at Leeds Beckett and it whet my appetite to discover more, so I studied for a PG Certificate and masters degree here too. My course gave me a confidence I didn't have before, while the knowledge I've gained has enabled me to understand people's individual circumstances more deeply and how I support and work with them.


Explore the contemporary context of mental health and gain a critical understanding of mental health and mental health practice, with a focus on the narrative and the ethos of recovery.

Explore different types of information about health and social care and critically evaluate research material from a range of study designs.

Develop your critical understanding of the theory, research, legal, political and social drivers that are influencing contemporary mental health practice in relation to people considered to be complex cases.

Gain a theoretical, methodological and practical foundation for social research enabling you to act as a social researcher to resolve practice based problems.

Produce a substantial research project on a self-selected topic of interest, demonstrating your developmental learning in addition to a variety of academic and practical skills.

You'll be introduced to working with psychosis from a psychological and social perspective. You will develop your critical thinking and skills for working in this area, with particular reference to the skills of cognitive behaviour therapy.

You will be introduced to current research, theory and guidance for practice, and will be encouraged to develop your existing skills for application in practice.

Develop a critical understanding of counselling theories and how counselling as an intervention can be utilised in your practice area.

Engage with contemporary research, theory and policy in the field, and have the opportunity to develop your therapeutic skills by applying them in practice with individuals and their families and carers.

Develop a critical understanding of coaching theory and how coaching tools and techniques can be utilised in your practice area.

Gain a critical foundation in some core theories and concepts to enable you to work with families and carers in your practice area.

Gain a critical understanding of the foundations of cognitive and cognitive behavioural approaches, as well as a reflexive understanding of a range of the theories and skills in practice.

Our course is designed to develop your practical mental health skills and equip you with critical thinking skills. We have a large range of option modules to choose from, and our inter-professional, adult learning approach is based on experiential and reflective learning, which will benefit both you and your place of work.

We have a strong track record in education and training with regional, national and international links. We maintain contact with practice areas through honorary contracts as practitioners, service development and implementation consultancy and evaluation.
  • Leeds Beckett University
    Sarah Patrick Sarah Patrick
    Senior Lecturer

    Enhance your employability by developing your critical thinking skills and knowledge about mental health care in a range of practice areas.

    Sarah is a registered Mental Health Nurse with an MA in Higher Education Practice with special interest in teaching interpersonal and communication skills and using technology to enhance learning. She also has a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and further training in Group Work and Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT). Sarah worked as a Community Mental Health Nurse for eleven years before joining our University in 2002, and maintains practice through an honorary contract as a Visiting Nurse Therapist at the Specialist Psychotherapies Department of Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust, working with people with complex mental health needs and has held a continuous caseload of clients.
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    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite


    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities


    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

An amazing place to spend your days

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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