Mental Health Social Work (PgCert)

University of Strathclyde


The course trains social workers for the role of Mental Health Officer (MHO) in which they will be able to contribute positively to the care and treatment of those experiencing mental disorder by ensuring an approach that recognises the impact of social as well as medical circumstances on their lives.

The course has been externally evaluated and assessed as producing MHOs who are competent to practice from the perspective of the local authorities who employ the candidates on completion of the award. Between 85 and 90% of all candidates complete the course within a 12-month period. On completion of the programme, 100% of candidates are appointed as MHO by their local authority.

Entry Requirements

You must hold a professional social work qualification recognised by SSSC; and be nominated by their employing local authority, be supported by their employing local authority and be provided with appropriate learning opportunities.

You should normally have a minimum of two years post-qualifying experience. You should be able to demonstrate that you've improved and extended the level of competence acquired when you qualified.

Start Date



Postgraduate Certificate

Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

1 year


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Social Work and Social Policy

SCQF Level