MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (Online)

Why choose Herts?

Excellent Reputation: Join a strong research community of high-achieving students where you will experience fantastic international evidence-based online learning resources.

Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by highly experienced MHRSI experts and current practitioners. Our Professors have strong reputations in the mental health research field.

Employment Opportunities: Graduates work as nurses, teachers, and social workers amongst other posts across global health and social care services. Some extend their study within our doctoral college.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

About the course

This three year, part-time, fully online programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make a difference to the recovery and social inclusion of people experiencing mental health distress. Each module uses current research, activities and group discussions to help you understand and engage with issues at the heart of the challenges facing people with lived experience of mental ill health and those helping them. 

Through exploring current recovery research with fellow students and tutors, you will develop your understanding and skills of mental health recovery and social inclusion in relation to theory and practice, research methods, legislation, leadership and how change can be effected through innovative practice. As a student you will examine international issues, what co-production really means in terms of collaboration and participation, the importance of peer support work, advocacy and leadership in the experience of mental health and in services.

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Why choose this course?

  • Excellent reputation in the field of recovery and social inclusion supported by experts in the fields of practice and research (see video testimonial).
  • It is the only co-produced Masters course in the UK that focuses on mental health recovery and social inclusion where those with lived experience study alongside service providers of all disciplines in equal numbers.
  • Graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles and sectors covering everything from peer support workers to board directors within many organisations including the NHS, charities, social services, the military and many more (see careers section for more details).

Contact us

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

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University of Hertfordshire
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Graduation Day

Get inspired and share some of the experiences our students and staff had during this course in our graduation video below!  

What will I study?

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. Find out more about distance learning, funding and how to apply.

Course length

  • Part-time, 3 years with an option to shorten to 2 years upon consultation with the Programme Leader.
  • 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
    Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion Project Report 60 Credits Compulsory
    Research in Mental Health Recovery Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Key staff

    Audrey Campbell
    Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader
    Find out more about Audrey Campbell

    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (Online) Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (Online) Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


    Student experience

    At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

    Find out about how we support our students

    You can also read our student blogs to find out about life at Herts.

    Please note that some of the images and videos on our course pages may have been taken before social distancing rules in the UK came into force.