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Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis (MSc)

This course helps mental health practitioners to improve their practice for service users with psychosis.

APIMH - Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis (COPE) Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Our MSc in Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis (a pathway of the Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health (APIMH) programme) aims to teach qualified mental health practitioners to work more effectively with people with psychosis and bipolar disorder, which can be among the most distressing and debilitating of all mental health problems.

Course units in Year 1 have been developed specifically to allow graduates from the PGCert to be able to conduct assessments and deliver family intervention to NICE (2014) approved standards.

Scholarships and bursaries

There is only limited NHS funding for new students, and the number of NHS funded places is yet to be confirmed for the 2017/18 academic year.

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
30 months PT
Entry requirements

An honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent from a recognised institution, an approved and relevant postgraduate qualification (minimum Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent - 120 credits at Masters level), or evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience, which the University accepts as qualifying the candidate for entry.

Places are available to applicants without a degree but who are able to demonstrate evidence of appropriate academic ability. Please see  Portfolio for non-standard application  (Word, 171 KB)

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
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Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0270
How to apply

Apply online

Please note that an  employer support form  (Word, 56KB) must also be completed which can be requested from   

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

This course is a pathway within the MSc 'Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health' (APIMH). The information here relates to the  Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis pathway  within the MSc APIMH, but is listed under the pathway-specific title. Other pathways are available in Primary Mental Health Care and Dementia Care.

The programme and pathways have been designed to respond and contribute to the modernisation of mental health care delivery and service design.

PSI for Psychosis (PSIp) pathway

There is now a robust evidence base indicating that structured Psychosocial Interventions (PSI), incorporating Cognitive Behavioural and Family-based approaches, can be extremely effective and beneficial for people with psychosis. This evidence forms the basis of national policy guidelines (NICE, 2014) recommending that such interventions should be offered as standard to all people experiencing a psychotic illness.

The University of Manchester has one of the longest track records in the world for the provision of innovative, high quality education and training in PSI for health and social care practitioners working with people experiencing psychosis and their carers. Many graduates of the programme have taken up senior positions at National and Regional level leading strategic developments and making significant contributions to research in this area of practice.

The programme involves attendance at the University for one day per week during term-time and the equivalent of one day per week in practice to achieve the practical-skills outcomes associated with some course units in the programme. Students are required to identify a suitable practice supervisor/mentor to oversee the clinical and/or practice work required for the programme and specific pathways. 


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Only available to employees of the NHS and related organisations. Fees paid by contract with the NHS
    International students (per annum): Only available to employees of the NHS and related organisations. Fees paid by contract with the NHS

There is likely to be limited NHS funding for new students. The number of NHS funded places is yet to be confirmed. For details, please contact .

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit:  postgraduate fees  . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.