PgDip 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 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)                                                                                                                                                

Free sample materials

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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

UH Online
University of Hertfordshire
First floor MacLaurin Building
4 Bishops Square
St. Albans Road West
AL10 9NE
United Kingdom

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. To find out more about this course and distance learning, visit UH Online

Course length

  • Part-time, 2 years


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.

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.