Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law, M.Sc. | Part time | Queen's University Belfast | Belfast, United Kingdom
36 months
19100 GBP/year
6980 GBP/year
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The MSc in Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law provides the required training for social workers to undertake the role of Approved Social Worker under the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 and the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016. The Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law programe is offered at the Queen's University Belfast.

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Key facts:

  • The Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law programe is offered at the Queen's University Belfast .
  • This is a statutory role and applications must have the support of a Health and Social Care Trust. The PG Diploma provides the qualification for practising as an Approved Social Worker (ASW) and then the Dissertation Module must be successfully completed for the MSc.
  • Contributors to the taught element of the ASW Programme are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and professions including service users and carers; ASWs and other social work staff, psychiatrists, psychologists and nursing staff; representatives from the courts, Review Tribunal; Regulation Quality Improvement Authority; legal advisers and researchers.

Programme Structure

This module will facilitate Approved Social Workers in training to apply to their practice knowledge and critical understanding of the context and concepts of the field of mental health in order to make informed decisions regarding the care and treatment of people with a mental disorder.

Courses include:
  • Context and Concepts in Mental Health
  • Law Ethics and Applied Law in Mental Health
  • Social Work Practice Development in Mental Health

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We advise you to apply as early as possible. Early application is also important for international applicants.


IELTS admission requirements IELTS


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Where this is not met, applicants must demonstrate that their experience and qualifications enable them to study at postgraduate level by showing either that they have the Pre-2007 Post-Qualifying Social Work Award or by producing a reflective assignment on their practice in this area (2,000 words).
  • Applicants must be nominated by their Health and Social Care Trust/employer who will undertake to provide support and appropriate learning opportunities. It will be the responsibility of employers to ensure that applicants have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate social work competence in their work with people who have a mental disorder and/or lack capacity, and their carers.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19100 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    6980 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6980 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • Northern Ireland (NI) £6,980
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) £6,980
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £8,360
  • EU Other £19,100
  • International £19,100

Living costs for Belfast

561 - 887 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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