Online MSc Mental Health

Advance with world-class learning at a top-100, leading university

There is an urgent need for a holistic, whole-system approach to mental health that embeds treatment and prevention in the policies and practices that affect young people.1 This stems from research proving most problems show symptoms before age 25, but people with high resilience resources are only half as likely to develop a condition.1

The Institute of Mental Health and the School of Psychology bring you a 100% online MSc in Mental Health with an interdisciplinary curriculum. You’ll develop a theoretical holistic understanding of mental health diagnosis, treatment, and research and engage in a rich range of course activities and assessments — with a focus on youth mental health.

The University of Birmingham has the strength and variety of programmes to suit your individual needs and interests, backed by the academic expertise and influence, support and facilities of a top 100 public research and teaching university. You’ll benefit from both academic and personal development to achieve success and ensure your degree is an asset in your future prospects.

Top 100 Global University (QS 2024)

World-class Russell Group university

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Gain a holistic view of mental health

Learn how you can address long-term mental health issues by studying a comprehensive approach to mental health and topics like the psychology of youth mental health, research methods, ethics, translational cognitive neuroscience, service user involvement, and biopsychosocial approaches with a focus on how mental health evolves in youth.

Learn 100% online

You can start studying with a world-renowned research centre today — from wherever you are in the world.*

Manageable, 8-week courses

Plenty of time to learn a rich variety of approaches, theories and methods towards mental health.

Multiple programme exits

Complete your MSc with an interest-based research dissertation or exit at PGCert or PGDip levels.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Online MSc in Mental Health, you will need to have obtained (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or equivalent in a related discipline from a UK university or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

Related disciplines include:

  1. Psychology
  2. Sociology
  3. Social Policy
  4. Medicine
  5. Philosophy
  6. Education

If you do not meet the standard academic entry criteria, we take into account applications with practical experience of working with young people or in a mental health setting.

International students

If English is not your first language, you will need to supply an up-to-date English language test certificate. We accept academic IELTS certificates with a score of 6.5, and no less than 5.5 in any band.

Start dates

February | June | October


2.5 years (part-time)


The total estimated cost of tuition for the programme is £17,030. You can pay in full or in instalments of £1,310 on a module-by-module basis. All costs are listed to help you make an informed decision.

Programme fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change each academic year. The fees listed above are for the academic year 2023-24.

A leader in distance learning

Enjoy the convenient online format offered by a world top-100 university and the 4th best university for Online Learning in the UK Uswitch 2022. You’ll be led by the same leading lecturers and faculty experts who instruct on campus. They’ll guide you through flexible online modules, immersive activities and lively discussions. Learn wherever, whenever it’s convenient, and graduate poised to step into your desired role with new knowledge and skills. We’ll even support you in your job search with our Careers Network, linking you to global opportunities to launch or elevate your career.

Support mental health care now

The demand for mental health care is up and more professionals are urgently needed. In the last year, reports in the UK show:

  • A 16.2% increase in mental health services.1
  • A 38.6% increase in services for those aged 11-15.1
  • 74% of employers offer training to recognise issues and ways to support employees.2

Top 3 careers in mental health

  1. Mental Health Manager
  2. Health Promotion Officer
  3. Wellbeing Practitioner

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Sources & Disclaimers

  1. University of Birmingham. “Mental Health Policy Commission. Investing in a Resilient Generation. Keys to a Mentally Prosperous Nation.” Retrieved Dec. 15, 2023, from
  2. TechTarget. “Employers Grapple with Workforce Mental Health Needs Post-Pandemic.” Retrieved Dec. 15, 2023, from

*100% online with no mention of modality on your degree certificate