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Mental Health Practice

Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: MA
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Under the Health and Social Care Act (2012), the responsibility for approving Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) programmes in England now rests with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The two interdependent elements in this qualification are:

  1. Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) training
  2. Either a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Mental Health Practice

Employers are responsible for sponsoring students for this programme. They also provide practice placements to enable students to develop and their practice. This is assessed by means of a portfolio.

Why Bradford?

On completion of the first five modules, students will be eligible for the Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice and for approval as an AMHP by their employer. The AMHP Programme is approved by the HCPC, in line with their criteria for the approval of AMHP programmes.

Entry requirements

Employer nomination: All applicants must be nominated by a local authority or other employer.

Academic requirements:

A first degree (minimum 2:2). In exceptional cases candidates without a first degree may submit evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level - the Programme Director will assess this for suitability.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 7.5 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Postgraduate Certificate

  • Law, policies and procedures (and AMHP) . 20 credits, core
  • Critical Perspectives in Mental Health. 20 credits, core
  • Collaborative Practice in Mental Health. 20 credits, core

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Approved Mental Health Professional Practice. 40 credits, core
  • Risk: evidence-based decision making and communication. 20 credits, core

MA Mental Health Practice

  • Dissertation. 60 credits, core
    For students who have completed the PG Diploma and wish to achieve a Master's level award. Students will be required to complete a 12,000 - 15,000-word dissertation. 

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

Please contact for details of fees and financial support for this course.

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.