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Mental Health and Well-Being in Education

This course prepares professionals who either work in, or are in support of the education system, to understand multi-disciplinary leading-edge evidence and interventions that may influence mental health and well-being in their current work, and to use leadership skills to influence change.

Qualification: MSc

Credits: 180

Study mode: Distance learning

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

The course is suitable for a range of professions engaged in mental health and well-being in education, such as head teachers, teachers, social workers, school nurses, educational psychologists, police and youth justice.

The course is designed for professionals and graduates wishing to understand and optimise the role of mental health and well-being within the education system.

It offers detailed exploration of mental health and well-being across the lifespan within this setting, and unprecedented understanding of factors by which it may be influenced, in learners or students of any age.

This is a training in awareness and practices that may be adopted in an applicant's existing profession rather than training as a psychology professional.

What will this course cover?

The first year explores the psychology of development across the lifespan. In parallel, the course will also examine how often individual action in the educational environment can be an act of influence and leadership towards change. In addition, you will explore research- based interventions in education.

The second year looks in more depth at ways of achieving change. This will include an introduction to basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles, and the application of positive psychology research-based processes.
You will learn research methods skills oriented to the workplace and application, and student choices for a dissertation project.

  • An online, part-time MSc designed for the working professional.
  • Options to study the course as a PGCert or PGDip.
  • Exploration of key subject topics and current issues influencing mental health and well-being.
  • An experience of highly interactive distance learning that challenges and engages students and provides contact with other students in similar and related professions.
  • A professionally active teaching team that provides a culture of care oriented to students' personal goals.
  • A focus on research-based interventions in the educational environment, along with how individual influence and behaviour may support change.
  • Attention paid to the mental health and well-being of professionals in, and working in support of, the education system.

Year One

  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan: Current Context and Characteristics
  • Leadership and Engagement: Skills for Professionals in a Learning Context
  • Contemporary Evidence Based Interventions

Year Two

  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Mental Health and Well-Being in Education
  • Positive Psychology in Practice
  • Applied Research Skills
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation

Year Three

  • Postgraduate Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants will usually be already working in, or in support of, the education system, including early years environments, schools, further education or higher education.

Applicants would normally be expected to have achieved a 2.1 in a social sciences undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and may have professional qualifications related to their existing work experience and role.

We are open to discussion with applicants with non-standard qualifications and / or work experience.

We may also consider whether an applicant's existing qualifications may be recognised as 'advanced standing' in this course content.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
We are currently reviewing our fees for this course.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our postgraduate funding section.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry

Home and EU: £7,500

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

This programme will give you a critical understanding of the key moments and contexts in which mental health in learners of any age may be influenced and changed.
You will be able to identify, define and utilise specific intervention pathways through which mental health can be influenced in education. These will include classroom skills, the use of basic cognitive behavioural therapy skills and positive psychology as well as the management of stress.

This course will also give you a personal and occupational insight into how the views, beliefs and behaviours of professionals influence mental health.