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Mental Health Science

This postgraduate qualification is for those with an academic or professional interest in mental health science and the biological and psychological underpinnings of this discipline. It equips you with the necessary skills to critically evaluate the current literature, discuss contemporary issues and communicate a critical understanding of key topics in mental health science. You'll complete an academically rigorous research project and develop the skills and knowledge that are relevant for pursuing a research career, for employment, and informing professional practice. You'll have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding of key topics in mental health science, including stress, anxiety, depression, psychosis and dementia.

Key features of the course

•Develops knowledge and understanding of key topics in mental health science (stress, anxiety, depression, psychosis and dementia).

•Explores current issues and research at the forefront of mental health science.

•Develops skills that are essential for a critical understanding of mental health science and relevant to professional practice.

•Culminates with an in-depth individual research project in an area of mental health science.

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

•Knowledge and understanding
•Cognitive skills
•Practical and professional skills
•Key skills

Credit transfer

If you've successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards Stage 1, reducing the number of modules you need to study. However, you won't be able to count it towards Stages 2 or 3. You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.

On completion

On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Masters in Mental Health Science entitling you to use the letters MSc (MHS) (Open) after your name. You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.

Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification will typically require a minimum of an honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in science or a science-related subject (including psychological sciences, health science, mental health nursing or medicine).

If you have other study or experience that you believe equips you to take this qualification you can still apply, but must supply evidence of that study or experience. Your case will be referred to our MSc Admissions Panel. Depending on your previous qualifications or experience, some background study may be necessary prior to registering for this qualification or its constituent modules. For further advice, please contact the MSc Admissions Panel.

Please note that this qualification is in three stages. Introduction to mental health science (S826) should be studied as the first module, and the compulsory project module as the final module in the qualification.

All teaching is in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate for study at postgraduate level. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend that you have achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7. You can assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies by visiting the IELTS website.

Duration

2.75 - 7 years.

You can complete this degree within three years, and up to a maximum seven years of starting the first module.

Number of credits

180 credits

Careers or further progression

Career relevance
This qualification is directly relevant to research and employment in the fields of medical and psychological sciences (neuroscience, psychology, health sciences). It will develop the critical skills and knowledge that are relevant to employment within the health sector, life sciences, medical and related fields, and to inform and strengthen professional practice.

Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442
Email: ireland@open.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Modules

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

60 credits from:

Module Credits
Introduction to mental health science (S826) 60

60 credits from:

Module Credits
Core topics in mental health science: psychosis and dementia (SD816) 60

Or, the discontinued module SD815

60 credits from:

Module Credits
MSc project module for MSc in Mental Health Science (SXH810) 60

You should note that the University's unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time.

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