Advanced Social Work Studies (Mental Health Officer Award) (PgCert)

University of Edinburgh


Central Campus


This programme is the postgraduate qualification for qualified social workers wishing to practise as mental health officers (MHOs). It has been designed by, and is delivered in partnership with, 12 local authorities in the East of Scotland.

This programme focuses upon the role of the MHO in relation to relevant Scottish legislation. In addition to the taught elements, students undertake two periods of assessed MHO practice.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, or a recognised qualification in social work and at least two years' relevant experience in social work practice.

If you are a qualified social worker but you do not hold a degree-level qualification, you may ask for special consideration when applying.

You must be employed, supported, and seconded by one of the 12 employing local authorities within the East of Scotland MHO Partnership catchment area.

Start Date



Postgraduate Certificate

Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

1 year


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Social and Political Science

SCQF Level