Ways of Understanding Mental Health Problems: Diagnosis, Formulation and Recovery (990C8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn and spring teaching

By studying this module, you gain knowledge and critical understanding of the key models that operate in mental health services.

You develop a broad understanding of psychiatric diagnosis, formulation and recovery. And you critically explore the underpinning philosophies and implications of the different models.

Your sessions in this module may include lectures on:

  • diagnostic tools
  • ethics
  • labelling and critical theory
  • introduction to recovery as a philosophical approach to care.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


40%: Practical (Presentation)
60%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 36 hours of contact time and about 114 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.