Mad Studies

Queen Margaret University


This new MSc Mad Studies is the first of its kind internationally. It has been designed in partnership with CAPS Independent Advocacy and academics at (QMU) from Occupational Therapy and Public Sociology. It has developed from the ongoing “Oor Mad History” project at CAPS and the Mad Studies short course at QMU titled “Mad Peoples History and identity”.

This course will be particularly suitable for you if you are a graduate with lived experience of mental health issues engaged in the mad movement and or mental health organisations within the third or public sectors. You may be a student, volunteer, activist or employee who wants to learn how Mad Studies theory and research can meaningfully contribute to your academic skills, activism and work. It will also be suitable for you if you are a professional who is looking to expand your knowledge, skills and practice through single CPD modules in Mad Studies.

You can exit after 6 months with PgCert Mad Studies

You can exit after 9 months with PgDip Mad Studies

Entry Requirements

Normally, an honours degree or equivalent. Degree and/or relevant experience of engagement with communities or public groups.

We will consider applications from people without a degree but with significant experience of community work or similar, and who can show that they are able to study at postgraduate level.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


School of Health Sciences


Health Sciences

SCQF Level