Part-time: 3-5 years.
Increasingly on the agenda since national policy developments such as ‘Personality Disorder: No Longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion’ (DoH, 2003), the impetus to acknowledge personality disorder as a mainstream mental health activity continues with NICE guidelines in 2009. Such guidance outlines the development of services for individuals with personality disorder in all settings, including primary and secondary care. It recognises the importance of increasing specialist knowledge and staff development. The MSc Personality Disorder by Research is an innovative course, which provides students with an opportunity not only to enhance their skills and understanding of research issues, but also engage in research focusing specifically on personality disorder. The course recognises the centrality of linking practice to research as a major tenant of moving the agenda forward in personality disorder.
A recognised British first degree or its equivalent, or a BTEC Higher Diploma / Certificate. It is also expected that students will be working with individuals identified as experiencing personality disorder.
Within the MSc Personality Disorder (Research) a dissertation is compulsory.
You have the choice of:
The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.
The MSc Personality Disorder is a part-time programme of study. This means that you can enrol for up to 4 modules per year. For many healthcare practitioners, working full-time, this would be a heavy workload. If you enrol for the MSc award at the start of your programme of study, you will be expected to complete within 3 – 5 years.
The course attempts to discuss the key themes in current thinking around personality disorder, including the following themes:
The content reflects the need to develop evidence based practice and allows students to consider the main issues in the area of personality disorder.
Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:
College of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Part-time: £880 per 20 credits Studied (first 120 credits)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.
Students will undertake a variety of assessments including essays, case study, student initiated project, critical dialogue, research proposal, and dissertation or dissertation by papers.