About the course

This is an innovative e-learning programme developed through partnerships between experts by experienced practitioners, academics and service providers in the areas of mental health, social inclusion, leadership and recovery. The course was developed as part of an EU partnership to provide an international perspective on recovery and social inclusion issues. 

This two year part-time course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in to the recovery and social inclusion of people experiencing mental distress. This is a 4 module programme covering mental health recovery and social inclusion:

  • Theory and Practice (30 credits)
  • Recovery Research (30 credits)
  • Leadership and Collaboration in innovative practice (30 credits)
  • Legislation and Policy (30 credits)                                                                                                                                                

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Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 PgDip Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (Online) 2019 Course fact sheet 1 PgDip Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (Online)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 PgDip Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (Online) 2019 Programme specification 1 PgDip Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (Online)

Why choose this course?

Recovery is an innovative and empowering approach to working with and alongside people experiencing mental distress.  It is an approach that has gained great credence with service users, agencies and staff in recent years.

This fully online part-time course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make a difference to mental health recovery and social inclusion. You will develop the skills to work directly with, develop policies and manage mental health work to aid the recovery and social inclusion of people experiencing mental distress. You will also develop an international understanding of processes and developments in the recovery and social inclusion.

This course is ideal for professionals from all mental health disciplines, service users, carers, service managers, policy makers and those who aspire to be leaders in their areas of expertise in their country.

Contact UH Online

If you have any questions about UH Online, our online distance learning courses, or the University in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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Postal address

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University of Hertfordshire
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AL10 9NE
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Course details



If, you're already working in mental health services:

  • Progress up the career ladder: a Master's degree is becoming more of a requirement for career progression in health and social care services.
  • A different approach: Develop innovative practice in your workplace towards a more recovery and inclusive focus.
  • Innovate: Develop innovative projects relating to mental health recovery and social inclusion and skills to evaluate them.
  • Academia: Go into research or teaching.

For those who are service users or carers, a successful completion of the course could open the possibility of considering a career in mental health, or in mental health research.

Additionally, through learning about recovery and social inclusion you will hopefully be able to adapt approaches and understanding of your own recovery journey and the journey of loved ones. The underpinning philosophy of this course is to bring innovation and change to practice and we hope that the course will help you be able to work collaboratively with services towards this goal.

Teaching methods

Studying 100% online means you can study when and wherever you want anywhere around the globe. There are no attendance requirements, although you will be offered at least two individual online tutorials and two group tutorials, as well as regular contact with tutors. To find out more about this course and distance learning, visit UH Online

Course length

  • Part-time, 2 years


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Innovation in Mental Health Recovery Theory and Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership and Collaborative Practice for Innovation 30 Credits Compulsory
    Legislation and Policy: Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research in Mental Health Recovery Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Part time
    • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    For more information on fees for this course, please visit UH Online's fees page


    Find out more about scholarships for UK/EU and international students

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Entry requirements

    The normal entry requirements for the programme are:

    • Normally a good first degree or equivalent, therefore demonstrating the ability to study at level 7.*
    • English language requirements: All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
    • GCSE English language grade A-C, or equivalent
    • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.5 in any band). Other English language tests and means to assess appropriate skill are accepted.
    • Access to computer equipment with the following minimum specification - http://www.herts.ac.uk/more/uh-online-distance-learning/frequently-asked-questions/system-requirements.cfm

    * We will consider applicants without a first degree; these applicants should be involved in some way in mental health services delivery, or be a recipient thereof. We wish to encourage applications from non-traditional students (particularly service users and carers) who may have missed the opportunity to become graduates but who nonetheless can demonstrate potential to work at Masters Level. Applicants without the required academic qualifications will be set a written task to demonstrate their motivation, potential and knowledge to work at Masters Level. This task will demonstrate the students’ ability to critically digest and discuss a relevant article, and reflect upon and articulate perceived personal challenges involved in working at level 7. Those applying to study an individual module will also be required to undertake the written task if they do not have the requisite existing qualifications.

    Supporting documents required

    • Copies of the front and back of your undergraduate degree transcript and certificate
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • English Language qualification certificate (you should have a score of 6.5 overall if presenting an IELTS test)
    • A substantial personal statement about why you want to study this programme, what you hope to gain from the course and where you see your future development taking your career.
    • A copy of the photo page of your passport
    • 2 references (1 academic and 1 professional reference)

    View our simple steps to a successful application

    View our simple steps to a successful application

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Online - Part Time, 2 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    21/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    21/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
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