Postgraduate Taught

MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert Person-Centred Practice (Mental Health and Wellbeing)

We have recently developed our innovative Master’s Person-Centred Practice (PcP) Framework with a suite of course routes which place the values of person-centredness at their core. These routes offer practitioners the opportunity to build upon their experience and develop an understanding of the knowledge and evidence that positively contributes to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups and populations. You can opt to study the route which best meets your professional background and future aspirations.

This MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert is aimed at graduates and practitioners who wish to develop their careers in the broad field of health and social care.

This course is open to health and social welfare workers, including those from voluntary organisations, who wish to develop their mental health and wellbeing skills. Students will develop effective psycho social skills drawing on person centred practice values.



Course overview

This course is for people who may work in either either statutory or non statutory welfare services. Your clients, or patients, are likely to have a variety of health care needs, which cross traditional team and agency boundaries.

This course enables you to effectively work with people experiencing mental distress, or illness. Your study is informed by the values of person-centredness and building therapeutic relationships.

On this course, you will develop a critical grasp of psycho social interventions known to work with people across the life spectrum at a preventative level. Some examples include:

A third sector support worker wants to develop their therapeutic skills. The programme will enhance their ability to make sense of mental health problems and enable them to offer effective psycho-social interventions to their clients.

A Physiotherapist in a pain service regularly working with people with co-morbid mental health problems would develop skills in understanding such problems. They will also learn key therapeutic approaches within a Cognitive Behavioural framework to enhance their practice.

A nurse wants to help patients with long term conditions improve their mental health, by enabling such patients to make effective changes to previously unsuccessful relationships. The Interpersonal Therapy Model provides opportunities for the nurse to enhance their skills in assisting patients to gain such insights in reframing key life events, affect and relationships.



Exit awards

PgCert Mental Health and Wellbeing/ PgDip Person-centred Practice (Mental Health and Wellbeing)/ MSc Person-centred Practice (Mental Health and Wellbeing)


Teaching, learning and assessment

Our teaching, learning and assessment strategy is framed by our core philosophical concepts of personhood and person-centredness. The pathway specific modules are designed to assist students develop particular intervention skills drawing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy Theory.

Students will be supported to challenge their thinking, values and beliefs by posing complex activities and questions. They are enabled to develop resilient and sustainable approaches to their learning and practice.

Diverse assessment strategies are used to encourage application to practice. Tutor, peer and self-assessment, including within virtual environments such as HUB@QMU, are an important component of our formative and summative assessment.


Teaching hours and attendance

Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.


Links with industry / professional bodies

The routes allow you to gain the higher level knowledge and skills required for advanced practice.


Core modules

  • Theory and Practice of Person-centred Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Leading Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice (15 credits)

Route specific modules

  • Understanding and responding to mental distress and illness (20 credits)
  • Application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy informed practice (20 credits)
  • Applying Interpersonal Therapy informed practice (20 credits)
  • Risk and Resilience (20 credits)
  • Developing Professional Practice (20 credits)

To achieve a MSc, you will also complete:

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (June 2018) but are subject to change. In the event that modules do need to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to the students. Please check the website for any updates.


Single modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact David Banks for more information.


This is a new course. Graduates are likely to take up advanced specialist practice and leadership roles within their specialist field of practice.

Quick Facts

  • Contemporary, creative and interactive learning approaches facilitate your learning.
  • Teaching staff include internationally renowned Person-centred Practice academics Professor Brendan McCormack and Professor Jan Dewing.


Entry requirements

Standard: The standard entry requirement for postgraduate study is a degree. If you do not have a degree, you should include evidence in your supporting statement that strengthens your application to study at postgraduate level. All candidates must meet QMU general academic regulations for admission. For details please visit

International:  Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Application deadline


More information and contacts

Admissions or David Banks on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2-7 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Fees & Funding