Personality Disorder (Research) MSc/PGDip

Personality Disorder (Research) MSc/PGDip

School of Nursing


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Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, UCLan
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839

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    Part-time: 3-5 years.

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    Campus, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

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. 

Entry Requirements

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.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • NU3309 Theoretical Context of Personality Disorder (Semester 1)
  • NU4015 Assessment and Therapeutic Approaches to Personality Disorder (Semester 2)

Year 2

  • NU4025 Introduction to Postgraduate Research (Semester 1/2)
  • NU4019 Managing Complex Mental Health Needs, Relationships and Environments (Semester 3)
  • NP4001 Evidence, Effectiveness and Evaluation,
  • NU4026 Advanced Research Methods

Year 3

Within the MSc Personality Disorder (Research) a dissertation is compulsory. 

You have the choice of:

  • NU4053 Dissertation (60 Credit)
  • NU4008 Dissertation (40 Credit) in conjunction with a module not previously studied from:
  • NP4001 Evidence, Effectiveness and Evaluation
  • NU4026 Advanced Research Methods

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 23 June 2019

Further Information

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:  

  • Classification and nosology
  • Models and theories of personality disorder
  • Ideological, ethical, and philosophical issues
  • Assessment processes
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Team working and communication
  • Therapeutic environments and interventions
  • Research process
  • Critiquing research
  • Contextual methodology and design
  • Service development and design

The content reflects the need to develop evidence based practice and allows students to consider the main issues in the area of personality disorder.

How to Apply

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:

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

For further information about this course, please contact:

Howard Shimmin Course Leader: 

Emma Jones: Lecturer


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Post-registration Recruitment Team, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
See further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839


Fees 2019/20

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: TBC

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

Students will undertake a variety of assessments including essays, case study, student initiated project, critical dialogue, research proposal, and dissertation or dissertation by papers.