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Update for September 2020

As part of our commitment to review of our continuing professional learning provision, this programme is likely to be removed from September 2020 and be replaced by our new MEd Education Studies (with pathway options).

Find out more about our proposed MEd Education Studies


Our MSc Mental Health & Education focuses on the nature of mental health in educational (learning, teaching, training, and mentoring) environments and is the first professional learning award of its kind in the UK.

It focuses on the nature of mental health in learning, teaching and training/mentoring environments and explores how this might impact on:

  • learners
  • leaders of learning
  • mentors
  • psychologists
  • health professionals
  • managers
  • social workers


Our course will equip you with the skills necessary to work in an environment where integration of service delivery and multi-professional practice is the expected norm.

Additionally, the MSc offers a flexible study opportunity for associated practitioners with an applied interest in both the areas of mental health and education.It is relevant for practitioners working with children in schools (class teachers and pupil support staff) and those in challenging environments in roles such as youth workers, police officers, correctional officers, child protection officers and staff from the voluntary and third sectors.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

Applicants must normally have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. In addition, they must also have a current professional involvement in an, educational (teaching, learning, training, coaching, mentoring) environment.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a first degree may be admitted on the MSc if they can provide evidence of appropriate accredited Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses undertaken (with proof of CPD certificates and transcripts). Such applicants, must be prepared to provide an additional 250-500 word reflective narrative indicating how your professional role, work experience and a range of accredited CPD match SCQF Level 7-10 descriptors (i.e. work equivalent to undergraduate degree work), and submit this with their application.

Applicants who have successfully completed comparable modules at another higher educational institution can apply for the MSc through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. Our RPL policy encompasses both Accreditation of Prior Leaning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). A maximum of 120 credits (out of the 180 credits for the entire MSc programme) can be considered for APEL. This means that the maximum credit that can be considered will be equivalent to 120 credits, or the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip). Please note that the master’s dissertation module (60 credits) is exempt from any APEL claim.

Application Process

To facilitate the application process, the following documents must be submitted:

  • Copy of first degree and any other academic qualification gained since then, including copy of academic transcripts (where relevant) of these qualifications
  • A professional or academic reference; not a personal reference
  • A reflective essay about your academic journey, professional experience and work context (500-800 words)

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)


IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5



TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.


West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details

There are three exit points on the programme: Postgraduate Certificate (3x20 = 60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (6x20 = 120 credits) and MSc (9x20 = 180 credits). Due to this being a part-time programme for people working full-time or part-time, students take only one module per term.

For the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) stage, you will study the following core modules:

  • Mental Health in Education (core, 20 credits)*
  • Interpersonal Relationship and Communication (core, 20 credits)
  • Leading and Motivating Learning (core, 20 credits)

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage, you will study the following core modules:

  • Stress Management in Education (core, 20 credits)
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (core, 20 credits)
  • Educational Research (core, 20 credits)#

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:

  • MSc Research Project Dissertation (60 credits)^



* recommended to be the first module of the course
# can only be taken after successfully completing three modules (90 credits)
^ can be taken only after completing six modules, including # (120 credits)

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching & Learning

For each module there 200 hours of student learning comprising:

  • eLearning asynchronous discussion/course work and tutorials (60 hours)
  • engagement with the literature, writing and research (100 hours)
  • assignment in the form of critical a written essay and/or other forms of summative assessment (40 hours)


Modules on the MSc Mental Health and Education have different assessment requirements. Different formats of formative assessment are embedded throughout teaching and learning on all modules. 

Although in the main summative assessment is by submitting a single academic essay (100%), on some modules the assignment is divided into two parts, with Part A (30%) and Part B (70%).

Assignments are submitted via Turnitin (an online platform for plagiarism detection).

The final module for the MSc is assessed by the presentation of a Masters dissertation.







You will find that a range of teaching strategies will be implemented, including:

  • electronic teaching materials
  • work books
  • observation and rehearsal of skills
  • feedback
  • small group work
  • rigorous protocol-driven and evidenced based skills practice


Assessment of the academic outcomes for each of the modules that you will study include a variety of assessment tools.


You will be asked to provide evidence for the achievement of practical outcomes for each of the modules. This evidence will be in the form of:

  • audio recordings of practical work
  • completed case formulations
  • learner or colleague interactions

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

MSc Mental Health & Education Course Structure

Tuition Fees

Module Fee: Education Part-time / Online Study 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£560 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£560 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£560 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£1,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Module Fee: Online version 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£560 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£560 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£560 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£1,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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