MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (Online)

Why choose Herts?

Co-produced: with people with lived experience, service providers and academic partners in Italy, Portugal and Poland and the United States - this unique on-line postgraduate programme will aspire students to make a difference to the recovery and social inclusion of people experiencing mental distress.

Inclusive global community: The course attracts a global audience of those with lived and learned experience of mental distress, practitioners and others working within and engaged with health and care sectors. This enables a broad, collaborative approach to MHRSI.

Teaching excellence: Taught by highly experienced supportive MHRSI experts and practitioners, our academics have excellent reputations in the mental health research field.

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

Our Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion postgraduate degrees will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the recovery and social inclusion of people experiencing mental distress. The programme aims to:

  • provide you with the knowledge and skills to work with service users, carers, and agencies, to develop policies and practice and manage mental health work to aid the recovery and social inclusion of people experiencing mental distress
  • enable you to develop an understanding of national and international processes for, and developments in, the recovery and social inclusion of people experiencing mental distress.

Our student body is made up of people with lived and learned experience of mental health and distress. This creates exciting multi-dimensional conversations about issues such as leadership, participation, collaboration and involvement. You'll experience and understand how the lived and the learned experiences can cohabit in interesting spaces in mental health education and practice to encourage organisational innovation and change. Through learning about recovery and social inclusion, youl be able to adapt approaches and understanding of recovery journeys with a fundamental philosophy about enabling students to bring innovation and change to practice.

Why choose this course?

  • Unique programme offering: it is the only co-produced postgraduate master’s 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. We open up conversations about collaboration and co-production in mental health care.
  • International best practice: you might think you know about recovery, but we can help you learn more with our international perspective on mental health developments. We have high academic expectations of students which they consistently meet and exceed regardless of entry qualifications.
  • Teaching excellence: we have an exceptional reputation in the field of recovery and social inclusion supported by experts in the fields of practice and research. As a university, we’ve been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, meaning our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Inclusive global community: this globally unique and exciting programme was originally co-produced across Europe is now updated and facilitated by people with lived experience of mental distress and trauma, of caring and highly qualified and experienced clinicians and researchers across a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. We are an international learning community with mutual learning and respect at our heart.
  • Accessible and supportive: we have a widening access and participation approach to admissions to encourage those whose educational trajectory has been interrupted by their mental health challenges to be successful and offer understanding and extensive academic support to those with learning needs. We know that the learning journey is not always a smooth one, just like recovery.
  • Flexible study: studying 100% online means you can study when and wherever you want anywhere around the globe.

Contact UH Online

If you have any questions about UH Online, our online distance learning courses, or the University in general, please get in touch.

What will I study?

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills and other attributes in the following areas.

  • Innovation in Mental Health Recovery Theory and Practice
  • Research in Mental Health Recovery Practice
  • Legislation and Policy: Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion
  • Leadership and Collaborative Practice for Innovation
  • Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion Project Report

The programme is steeped in up-to-date research and encourages engagement and collaboration between students from multiple perspectives about the challenges and discourse in the mental health recovery and social inclusion arena. We aim to provide graduates with the intellectual, practical and transferable skills to be successful mental health practitioners. A full breakdown of the learning outcomes can be found in the programme specification.

Course length

Part-time, 3 years with an option to shorten to 2 years upon consultation with the Programme Leader.

Study hours

Study hours will vary depending on your prior knowledge and experience with the subject. The expectation for a 30-credit module is to study 20-25 hours per week over 12 weeks.

Course delivery

The course is delivered 100% online via the university's virtual learning environment StudyNet. It can be studied flexibly, which allows you to fit your studies around your work and life commitments anywhere in the world. 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.

Study options

Students are able to study at their own pace and can either speed up or slow down depending on changing personal circumstances. The timings below are only a guide and you can choose to complete a course at your own pace and even change awards as you progress through your studies.

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert): one year part-time over two semesters (60 credits).
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip): two years part-time over four semesters (120 credits).
  • Postgraduate Masters (MSc): three years part-time (over seven semesters) with potential to complete in two years following a discussion with the Programme Leader.

Assessment

All assessment is by coursework. The dates of assignment submission are fixed. If you cannot meet the assignment deadlines, you must inform the Module Leader in advance of the deadlines to get appropriate advice.

Start dates

September 2021

Interested? Try our free Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion taster course.

See how online study works and what kind of learning environment and materials you will access as an online student.

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  • 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

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

    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.

    Deb

    Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion student

    Student experience

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