MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (Online)

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
First floor MacLaurin Building
4 Bishops Square
St. Albans Road West
AL10 9NE
United Kingdom

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.


If you're already working in mental health 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.
  • Peer/Patient voice is increasingly being represented in roles at all levels in mental health services. This course equips people with lived experience with the learned experience to confidently engage in the discourse.

For those who are service users or carers, 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.

I thought I must be losing the plot for even considering doing a Master’s degree. I work full-time and I also have several diagnoses in mental health and a few learning difficulties thrown in there too. But, please if you are thinking “I can’t possibly study I’ve got this condition or that condition”, do not let it put you off. There is so much support and help out there that disabilities, whether hidden or not, can be catered and adjustments can be made to make you more confident and ultimately help you gain qualifications you never dreamt were possible.


Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion student

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.