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The MSc is a well-established route to a professional career in counselling in the addictions field. Accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) it meets the training needs for you to become accredited as an addiction counsellor. Read more
The MSc is a well-established route to a professional career in counselling in the addictions field. Accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) it meets the training needs for you to become accredited as an addiction counsellor.

You'll normally have a professional, employment or voluntary work interest in addiction but will not necessarily be a graduate. However, if you have an interest in the psychology of addiction and seeking a career in counselling, you'll have particular interest in this programme. Some work experience in health, community and social services settings is normally required, and it is expected that in the first year you'll seek experience in appropriate work settings related to addiction. In the second year students must have a counselling placement sufficient to provide 100 hours of supervised practice before entering the final year.

This course distinctively:

• Explores the psychological basis of generic and counselling strategies
• Equips you to assess psychological models of counselling approaches;
• Provides for a supervised professionally-oriented empirical research dissertation in the final (MSc) year

These professional aims are underpinned by a detailed study of the psychology of addiction embracing the main theories of the development of addictive behaviours; the principal approaches to counselling and treatment of addictive disorders; and training in research in the field of addictions.

Modules

All modules are assessed by coursework including essays, observational assessments and reports, professional logs, a case study and project proposals.

Year 1

Theoretical foundations of addiction and counselling psychology
Therapeutic counselling theory and practice
Professional practice in addiction counselling

Year 2

Advanced addiction psychology
Advanced theory and practice in therapeutic counselling
Research methods in professional practice

Year 3

Research project in addiction psychology/therapy

Placements

The course has developed close links with leading treatment providers, e.g. drug and alcohol teams in the public and charitable sectors, residential and day care treatment providers in the private sector, thereby facilitating the clinical placement of our students. This has also ensured that the course, whilst remaining intellectually stimulating and academically well informed, has a firm foundation in practical application. As a consequence our students are normally able to secure the required professional placements during the course and appropriate employment in addiction services operated by the public, private or independent sectors.

Employability

There is a rapidly increasing demand for addiction counsellors in health and social services and a variety of community settings. Students may apply to the Alcohol Research (UK) for financial support to cover the cost of fees. Employers are also frequently prepared to give financial support to those counsellors, nurses, social and community workers and others whose employment involves working with those who are experiencing problems associated with addiction.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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The Master of Science in International Addiction Studies (IPAS) course offers students cross‐cultural exposure to critical prevention and treatment practices, as well as research and policy issues in the field of addiction. This programme provides unique opportunities to study addiction in its broadest sense and examine key issues from an international perspective.

Key benefits

  • A unique programme that focuses on the similar international trends in policy, global epidemiology of substance-related morbidity and mortality, and evidence-based treatment and prevention practices.
  • Exclusive online access to lectures produced exclusively for the course by International experts in the addictions field.
  • Course members are considered students of all three universities concurrently with access to all online resources available from each of the partners.
  • You will receive personalised support from our dedicated module leaders throughout the course.
  • Course graduates will receive a triple-badge diploma jointly conferred by the three teaching institutions.

Description

The Master of Science in International Addiction Studies (IPAS) course is a unique collaboration of three of the world's leading research universities in the field of Addiction Science: The Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London, the University of Adelaide, and Virginia Commonwealth University. This partnership offers three nested graduate programme options available to graduates around the globe via distance learning. You will have access to the latest information on topics ranging from the biological basis of addiction and treatment as well as prevention and policy. The course will help you to compare global perspectives and translate this knowledge into more effective prevention and treatment practices and evidence‐based policies worldwide.

The course is made up of eight modules totalling 200 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to finish.

Course format and assessment

Pre-recorded lectures are audio-streamed within the Virtual Learning Environment and delivered online. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

The primary method of assessment for this course is based on participation in non-synchronous online discussions, written assignments and unseen examinations.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme have taken leadership roles in clinical settings, working as drug workers, substance misuse nurse specialists, psychologists, addiction psychiatrists and managers of addiction services. 

Our graduates have also taken policy positions in national and international organisations, while others have undertaken further academic research and gone on to complete a PhD or a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

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Study for a Masters in Public Health (Addictions) at Liverpool John Moores University’s renowned Centre for Public Health. This innovative course examines the evidence base of harms and risks relating to addictions and how to reduce them. Read more
Study for a Masters in Public Health (Addictions) at Liverpool John Moores University’s renowned Centre for Public Health. This innovative course examines the evidence base of harms and risks relating to addictions and how to reduce them.

•Unique in the North West, this ground-breaking course enables you to study at LJMU's world renowned Centre for Public Health
•Explore the evidence base of addiction harms and risks and the policies used to reduce them
•Discover course content informed by key research in alcohol and drug addiction
•Support and guidance for placement learning opportunities
•This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

Developed by LJMU’s world renowned Centre for Public Health and offered since 2014, this programme aims to improve understanding of the impact of addictions on public health.

Students come from a wide range of backgrounds including nursing, psychology and criminology, many have also worked in drug or alcohol support capacities.

The Centre for Public Health offers a flexible approach to learning with full and part time study options available.
Many modules are stand-alone CPD courses, helping you to study at your own pace and plan your education around your work and family life.

With an emphasis on guided independent learning, you can expect to attend University two days a week (full time) or one day a week (part time). You can, however, spread your learning over a longer period if required.

On joining the course you will be appointed a personal tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support. You will also have at least one supervisor for the duration of your dissertation module.
Formal Teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street which is part of the city centre campus. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. Tutorial space is also available in the Henry Cotton building.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Core Modules:

Understanding Addictions

Identifies the main explanations for addiction and addictive behaviour from a bio-psycho-social perspective. It assesses different models of addiction and its association and the mediators and moderators of addiction. Although there is a focus around drug and alcohol addiction as this constitutes the major public health risk the module also considers other addictive behaviours such as gambling. The module assists students to identify key risk factors for addiction and particularly the relationship between addiction and inequalities/deprivation.

Addictions: Policy and Interventions

Identifies core policies and strategies related to addiction from a UK and international perspective, how these are developed and operationalised. It examines how personal and structural forces impact on addiction and if these are related to policy objectives. Finally it evaluates policies and interventions designed to improve addiction outcomes.

Epidemiology

Examines the principles and tools of epidemiology and disease surveillance. These principles are then applied to an understanding of communicable and non-communicable diseases and assessment of health inequalities through tools such as health needs assessment and their role in protecting and improving population health.

Public Health: Policy and Practice

Introduces students to the concepts and underpinning theories associated with the public health approach and practices related to the promotion and protection of population health. The module reviews historical as well as contemporary public health approaches, policies and strategies. There is a particular focus on examining health inequalities and measures to reduce them. The aim is to identify local, national and international strategic responses to both improving health and reducing health inequalities.

Research Methods

This module encourages students to develop their skills as a potential producer of research, as well as their ability to systematically evaluate research outcomes from a variety of sources. In addition, students will engage in a variety of data analysis techniques. The module covers quantitative, qualitative, mixed, creative and participatory methodologies​.

Option Modules:

Violence

Violence is now regarded as a critical public health concern. The impact of violence on the health of individuals, families and the wider society adds to an increasing burden of ill-health and cost to health and other welfare services. This module critically examines a range of key issues related to violence and health from international, national and local perspectives. It demonstrates the need for an interdisciplinary public health approach when addressing the causes of violence, building prevention control strategies, and promoting safety. The Public Health Institute is a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention http://www.cph.org.uk/expertise/violence/.

Health Improvement

Encourages students to develop knowledge and competence in the area of health improvement. The module covers a number of core health improvement approaches: health promotion, prevention, health behaviour change and community participation. It assists students to consider the relevancy and value of these approaches to different population groups from a global perspective.

Health Protection

In this module the components and structure of health protection activity are examined. The risks to public health from both communicable and non-infectious environmental hazards are explored in detail. The infrastructure of health emergency planning is critically analysed.

Systematic Review

Provides a complete guide and hands on approach to developing a research question and learning the methods and key processes involved in completing a systematic review. Systematic review is a cross-cutting methodology which can be used in a variety of disciplines and through interdisciplinary collaboration. The module can be taken by anybody from any discipline who wants to increase their skill set in the methodology. The focus is on application of the systematic review methods to a chosen field of investigation.​

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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Develop specialist knowledge and professional skills to benefit people and communities with our graduate courses in Addictive Behaviours, offered in partnership with Turning Point, a national treatment, research and education centre. Read more

Develop specialist knowledge and professional skills to benefit people and communities with our graduate courses in Addictive Behaviours, offered in partnership with Turning Point, a national treatment, research and education centre.

You’ll learn from Australian and international experts in addiction science and explore contemporary issues including problem drinking, gambling and the misuse of prescribed and illicit drugs. By engaging with world-leading clinicians, researchers and policy makers, our innovative courses will keep you up-to-date with the latest research in the field of addiction and how this translates into practice at individual, group and organisational levels.

Delivered fully online, our Addictive Behaviours programs combine the quality of a Monash postgraduate degree with the flexibility required by working professionals. You’ll study through interactive modules, watch video lectures and take part in group discussion forums.

Course structure

Whether you’re looking to move into the addiction field, progress to a more senior role or explore research, our courses will expand your specialist knowledge and skills to advance your career.

In our Addictive Behaviours courses, you will: * Analyse biopsychosocial models of addiction and current discourses around addictive behaviours.

  • Understand the process by which addiction policies are formed.
  • Explore the impact of addictive behaviours on individuals, families, communities and social systems.
  • Evaluate a range of evidence-based treatment approaches and forms of intervention for various addictive behaviours including alcohol, illicit drugs and gambling.
  • Learn how to identify, manage and treat individuals with addictive behaviours.

Course structure

All students complete Part A and Part B. Completion of Parts C and D will depend on entry level.

  • Level 1 - Complete Parts A, B, C, D (96 points) - 4 years part-time
  • Level 2 - Complete Parts A, B and C (72 points) - 3 years part-time
  • Level 3 - Complete Parts A and B (48 points) - 2 years part-time

Note: Students eligible for credit for prior qualifications and experience may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.

Part A. Foundation studies (24 points)

These studies will enable you to develop your knowledge and capacity to evaluate current theories of addiction, including aetiological, developmental and public health models. You will explore the theoretical basis for effective identification, management and treatment of individuals with addictive behaviours; and the skills to effectively critique the research evidence on medical, psychological and social intervention approaches to addictive behaviours and apply the strategies in practice.

Part B. Core studies (24 points)

The focus of these studies is acquiring greater depth in key areas of expertise in addictive behaviours. You will gain an understanding of trends in the use of particular substances including tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs and behavioural addictions including binge eating and gambling. You will learn the major historical, political, economic and social factors that have impacted on our understanding of addiction in Australia and internationally. You will also be able to critically evaluate the empirical and theoretical literature across a range of socio-cultural perspectives of addiction. You will learn about the history of policy development and the public health measures employed around the world, including prevention, harm minimisation and treatments for managing problem use of substances and other process addictions.

Part C. Specialist studies (24 points)

The focus of the specialist studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options: a research stream or a coursework stream to suit your interests, skills and career goals.

Part D. Elective studies (24 points)

The focus of Part D is for students that require further studies to complete their course based on their qualifications and experience. You are able to elect units that suit your own career interests and receive an in depth and broader understanding of specialised areas of the addiction field. Some of the more specialised areas include the recovery movement, co-occurring disorders in mental health and addiction, developmental factors involved in substance use and other addictive behaviours as well as learning about gambling and other process addictions.

Alternative exits

You may be eligible to exit your course early and apply to graduate with one of the following qualifications, provided you have met the requirements for the qualification during your enrolment in the Masters course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Addictive Behaviours: you will need to complete Part A (24 points)
  • Graduate Diploma of Addictive Behaviours: you will need to complete Parts A and B (48 points)

If you decide to graduate early, you will need to discontinue from the Masters course. You may be eligible to receive credit for the units you have completed if you re-apply and are re-admitted to this course or apply for another graduate degree at Monash University.

Career Outcomes

As an Addictive Behaviours graduate, you’re ready to advance your career in the addiction field. You may find employment in areas of government, non-government and private organisations including:

  • Policy development
  • Treatment and prevention services
  • Research
  • Education and training
  • Advocacy services

Research

Monash is recognised globally for its research excellence. As part of the Master of Addictive Behaviours, you can choose to undertake a research project, where you’ll be matched with an expert supervisor in the field. Supported research areas include:

  • Socio-cultural perspectives on alcohol and drug use and treatment
  • Treatment interventions for people with alcohol and drug issues
  • Health professional attitudes and stigma
  • Sleep, self-harm, and suicide
  • Gambling interventions
  • Co-occurring disorders

Completing the research stream can be used as a pathway to a PhD.



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Our Addiction Studies course provides postgraduate education in addictions, with a particular emphasis on recent biological, psychological and socio-environmental advances in the conceptualisation of drug use and addiction and its effective prevention. Your theoretical understanding of the subject will be positioned within the context of policy development, focusing on facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills to the workplace.

Key benefits

  • Provides advanced graduate education in the field of addictive behaviours, concentrating on supporting students to embark on further higher study or to translate their learning into their workplace.
  • Provides students with access to the expertise of leading addictions researchers and senior clinicians.
  • Flexible structure with optional modules covering science, practice, policy and management in the addictions.

Description

Our Addiction Studies course is designed for students and professionals interested in the conceptualisation, treatment and prevention of addictive behaviours. It provides a widely recognised qualification with an integrated multi-disciplinary teaching and learning approach to the problems of use, dependence on alcohol, nicotine and other psychoactive drugs, and other addictive behaviours.

Our course recognises that its students come from a variety of backgrounds with the goal of extending their theoretical knowledge and practical skills beyond those related to the subjects that they studied at undergraduate level. For example, a nurse or youth counsellor may wish to increase their knowledge of molecular biology or psychopharmacology, while psychology graduates may wish to increase their knowledge and familiarity with treatment options. It is for this reason that our course starts with introductory modules that ensure all students, regardless of their background, have a basic understanding of the core concepts that underline the clinical, scientific and public health aspects of addiction before they embark on individual research and a more rigorous exploration of these areas. The purpose of the course is therefore to equip graduates, clinicians and others for the next stage of their career within the field of addictions.

Course format and assessment

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Examination (50%) | Coursework (30%) | Practical (20%)

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Career prospects

Our graduates follow a variety of careers, including clinical specialist/director, positions in local or national organisations requiring understanding of policies dissemination at local, state, national and/or international level, manager of addictions services, drug worker, substance misuse nurse specialist, psychology assistant, research assistant, or undertake further study, such as PhD or the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

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IN BRIEF. You will gain knowledge and understanding of drug use and addiction relevant to a range of roles and environments. The course emphasis is on application of theory and skills and transfer of this learning to the workplace. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • You will gain knowledge and understanding of drug use and addiction relevant to a range of roles and environments
  • The course emphasis is on application of theory and skills and transfer of this learning to the workplace
  • You have the ability to focus on your own interests for the dissertation
  • Part-time study option

COURSE SUMMARY

This course will equip you with valuable insights into topics including the psycho-pharmacology of addiction, the recent interest in addictive behaviours and the wide ranging implications of addiction for society.

You'll find the course particularly relevant if you are working in the NHS or healthcare independent sector, including addiction clinics, and want to develop your knowledge and understanding of substance misuse and dependence, and other addictive behaviours.

To find out more about our courses, please visit our Psychology blog.

COURSE DETAILS

The aim of this course is to enable you to develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of applied psychology in the context of addiction and addictive behaviours. You will consider psycho-pharmacological and biological mechanisms underpinning drug action and dependence, the more recent conceptualisation of behavioural addictions, and the broader social context of addiction.

The full-time route is structured over 12 months and comprises  three 10 week semesters. In semester 1 and 2 you will complete two taught modules in each semester. In semester 3 you will complete your dissertation under the supervision of one of the course tutors. If you choose to follow the part-time route you will complete the course over three years, completing two taught modules in each of the first two years and the dissertation in your third year.

The dissertation module on this course will also give you the opportunity to pursue an area of applied psychology and psychological therapies directly related to your own work or interest.

TEACHING

This course is taught using a mixture of approaches including the following:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Discussion/debates
  • Video presentation
  • Research seminars and workshops
  • Guest speaker presentations
  • Virtual learning environment, online resources and web based learning / CD-Rom training packages
  • Student presentations
  • Directed study

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • Theoretical essays
  • Presentation
  • Research proposal
  • Dissertation

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course will help students to progress to leadership positions within the field of addictions and to advance to research roles.

FURTHER STUDY

The course provides a sound basis for postgraduate research study at MPhil/PhD level.



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One of the longest running postgraduate programmes in clinical neuroscience in the UK. It will give you an insight into recent advances in neurosciences of relevance to neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases. Read more
  • One of the longest running postgraduate programmes in clinical neuroscience in the UK.
  • It will give you an insight into recent advances in neurosciences of relevance to neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases.
  • The programme is recognised by the Federation of Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and included in the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), which is the highest accolade in European neuroscience teaching.
  • We are the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Summary

This cutting-edge programme offers an exciting opportunity to study modern neuroscience with a focus on clinical implications. You will gain a strong foundation in understanding the mechanisms and treatments of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases.

This course is designed for students from a range of backgrounds, who are interested in pursuing a career in neuroscience. You will develop a detailed understanding of modern theory and concepts relating to brain research and neuroscience and the application of these principles in the treatment of brain disorders. This course places emphasis on the clinical relevance of recent developments in neuroscience.

The development of your research methods skills is an integral part of the course. You will further your understanding of applied neuroscience with a research project which will develop your data handling and analysis skills, use of applied theory and statistics. 

You will join the Health Sciences Research Centre whose academics are currently investigating a range of topical issues such as the addictive nature of new psychoactive substances, effects of stress on the brain regulatory systems and the mechanisms of brain cell death and repair using neural stem cells. You will be welcome to attend research seminars and discussions on topical developments in neuroscience and health sciences, led by experts.

MSc Clinical Neuroscience is recognised by the Federation of Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and included in the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), which is the highest accolade in European neuroscience teaching.

Content

In this postgraduate programme, you will develop an integrated overview of contemporary neuroscience as a rapidly developing discipline with multiple links with molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology and medical sciences.

You will be introduced to a diverse range of topics and will have the chance to focus on areas that interest you. Examples of topics that you might cover include: clinical relevance of recent developments in neuroscience, brain imaging techniques and their applications in neurology and psychiatry, neurobiological mechanisms of human brain disorders, effects of nutrition and addiction on brain function, and research methods.

You will discuss ethical issues in clinical neuroscience and develop your ability to critically evaluate current developments in clinical brain research, which are relevant to healthcare.

This course can accommodate students from a range of backgrounds including new graduates from life sciences or psychology as well as health professionals who hold non-traditional qualifications. The programme options of PG Diploma or PG Certificate can be useful to health professionals who wish to refresh update theory knowledge without the commitment of conducting a research project (MSc). It is also suitable for applicants from the NHS, for example neuro-nurses or therapists.

Modules

Postgraduate Certificate (PGC)

Students select 60 credits (three modules) from the following:

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)

Students select 120 credits (six modules) from the following:

Compulsory set for MSc students

MSc students must complete the following six modules:

Optional modules

MSc students choose one optional module from the following:

Compulsory and Required modules

Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules

Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Career options

Health professionals, research careers in academia, NHS or private sector including the pharmaceutical industry. Alternatively, graduates may opt for further academic study at PhD level.



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Study in the only programme of this kind in the UK, where you will study both the psychological and biological approaches to stress, how it induces illness, and ways to improve well-being. Read more
  • Study in the only programme of this kind in the UK, where you will study both the psychological and biological approaches to stress, how it induces illness, and ways to improve well-being.
  • We are the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Gain access to state-of-the-art laboratories such as the biomechanics laboratory, the physiology laboratory, and psychology laboratories.

Summary

Study how stress affects illness and examine ways to improve individual wellbeing through practical applications in stress management.

Our programme is designed for graduates in psychology and the biological sciences, and professionals from a range of backgrounds including healthcare and counselling. You will gain a robust science-based qualification in the study of stress, dealing specifically with the mechanisms by which psychological stress can induce illnesses and examining issues of measurement, prevalence and management. This is especially pertinent today as you will study occupational stress and management for people in the workplace.

Taught by leading experts in the field, you will learn about how stress medicine and psychoneuroimmunology are growth areas in the discipline. You will be able to conduct and present your research project in an area of your interest. There will be an opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience by recruiting a sample group of subjects for a stress assessment. You will then produce an assessment report which will form the basis of risk assessment and guidance for intervention.

You will gain access to state-of-the-art laboratories and resources for conducting research projects.

Content

In your first semester, you will develop a strong understanding how psychological states can affect physical wellbeing, in particular the role of stress in the development of various diseases, such as coronary heart disease and metabolic disorders including diabetes and mental illnesses. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the health care field and the current developments in stress management.

After the first semester, the emphasis will be on independent study, and you will undertake an in-depth piece of original research. You will learn to collect, combine and analyse data from a range of sources, making critical assessments as you progress. Hands-on experience gained in the recruitment of test group will be invaluable experience for your career in the healthcare.

Modules

Postgraduate Certificate (PGC) compulsory module

Postgraduate Certificate (PGC) Optional modules

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) compulsory module

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Optional modules

MSc students compulsory modules

MSc students optional modules

Career prospects

Practitioners work in stress measurement and stress management, and psychophysiological-work in professions associated to medicine.



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First MSc in Clinical Nutrition to be established in the UK. This programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Develop a strong understanding for the essential principles and their applications in the areas of metabolic research and clinical nutrition. Read more
  • First MSc in Clinical Nutrition to be established in the UK.
  • This programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition.
  • Develop a strong understanding for the essential principles and their applications in the areas of metabolic research and clinical nutrition.
  • Learn from specialist guest lectures from leading scientists, dietitians, clinician and pharmacists.
  • Improve people's health and well-being working as a Nutritionist.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art-laboratory facilities including biomedical and microbiology labs.
  • We are the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Summary

Gain the essential skillsets as a nutritionist to help improve people’s health and well-being in the context of the malnutrition, obesity, metabolic response to injury and chronic disease.

This was the first MSc in Clinical Nutrition to be established in the UK and has gained an international reputation, attracting students from around the world. You will consider the patient’s journey from birth to extreme age in the context of the metabolic response to injury or to chronic disease. The course is designed for all members of nutrition support teams and is also suitable for students who wish to pursue clinically-based nutrition research.

After establishing a firm foundation in physiology and the biochemistry of nutrition, this course will cover the nutritional management for clinical conditions such as gastro-enteral problems, long-term disablement and intensive care. It also includes a focus on nutrition support in paediatric, adult, older adult and critically ill patients.

This course is perfect for nutrition support teams or those who want to pursue a career or a doctorate in clinically-based nutrition. The course will provide an important insight into contemporary developments in clinical nutrition for a wide range of healthcare professionals.

You will have access to our state-of-the art facilities and excellent laboratories including a food lab complete with sensory analysis tasting booths and specialist laboratories for physiology, microbiology and computing.

Please note this programme does not lead to a qualification in the UK as a registered Dietitian. It is an accredited course with the Association for Nutrition, and does enable you to become a registered nutritionist, once you have complete two years in the nutrition field.

Content

We offer a diverse range of modules to build your knowledge and enable you to focus on topics that interest you. Recent examples of these topics have included: macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism in health and disease, nutrient digestion and absorption and gastrointestinal disease, nutritional support in paediatric, adult, older adult and critically ill patients, the effect of disease on nutrition status.

Research areas that are also included in the programme are dietary management strategies in women with polycystic ovary syndrome; the role of brain–gut interaction in obesity, eating disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome; the role of the enteric nervous system in known intestinal diseases; vitamin E status in health and disease; the role of microbiota in food and nutritional systems; food bioactives for a healthy gut, brain and vascular system; the regulation of insulin secretion and glucose metabolism in health and diabetes.

Modules

Postgraduate Certificate (PGC)

and either

or

Compulsory set for Postgraduate Diploma students

Optional modules

Please note that the following module can only be taken with the specific permission of the Programme Convener and is not to be taken on registration:

Compulsory set for MSc students

Optional modules

Please note that the following module can only be taken with the specific permission of the Programme Convener and is not to be taken on registration:

Compulsory and Required modules

Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules

Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Career options

Nutritionist (public sector, private commercial or independent), public health nutritionist, academia research/teaching, commercial research, NHS (various roles) and local and central government (roles in policy and health promotion). In addition, many students are already health professionals and study the course as part of their career development and specialisation.



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The course encourages the development of evidence-based practice in health care. You will learn to critically appraise of the application of theory and scientific strategies to a range of health issues. Read more
  • The course encourages the development of evidence-based practice in health care.
  • You will learn to critically appraise of the application of theory and scientific strategies to a range of health issues.
  • You will be taught by experts in the field and develop an in-depth understanding of topic areas and mechanisms involved in the maintenance of health and well-being, and the development and treatment of disease.
  • We are the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Summary

This rewarding programme is designed to provide a biological perspective on the nature and study of human behaviour and health with an emphasis on the clinical relevance of contemporary developments in the biological sciences.

Our programme is designed to improve career prospects for health professionals and offers a social context is for the anthropological and psychological issues of health and healthcare. This course covers a broad spectrum of biological approaches from the molecular to ethological studies and presents a diverse range of methods for the study of human behaviour and health.

The biological basis of behaviour is an increasingly important aspect of understanding health and illness. You will develop an in-depth understanding of topic areas and mechanisms involved in the maintenance of health and well-being, and the development and treatment of disease. This rewarding programme provides an ideal platform for the basis for further post-graduate research, a career in consultancy-based research, or your development of evidence-based practice in health care. You will learn to analyse the contributions of different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to the understanding of health and wellbeing, disease and its treatment, and care.

The programme will introduce you to a wide range of health issues from stress to sleep; it considers the aetiology and symptomology of the body’s complex processes with a thought-provoking and challenging syllabus.

Content

We offer a diverse range of modules to build your knowledge and enable you to focus on topics that interest you. Recent examples of these topics included: the psychophysiology of health, where you will examine the effects of stress in relation to health and well-being, health research methods, and public health and social, psychological and biological approaches to health and disease.

You will be supported by a strong academic staff team of biological and health scientists and you will automatically become a part of the Department of Life Sciences’ Health Sciences Research Centre.

Modules

Postgraduate Certificate (PGC)

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)

Compulsory modules for MSc students

Optional modules for MSc students

Compulsory and Required modules

Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules

Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Career options

Careers in the NHS, local authorities, including education departments and social services; NGOs and other charities.



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IN BRIEF. Follow a route to a professional doctorate and research career paths in psychology. Understand psychological theories that have a central role to play in modern healthcare provision. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Follow a route to a professional doctorate and research career paths in psychology
  • Understand psychological theories that have a central role to play in modern healthcare provision
  • Receive support from a highly qualified team of psychology staff
  • Part-time study option

COURSE SUMMARY

This course will equip you with a valuable professional insight into topics including the causes of addiction and how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other evidence based psychotherapies can be used to help address stress, depression,chronic pain and other related disorders.

You'll find the course particularly relevant if you are working in the NHS or healthcare independent sector, including addiction clinics, and want to develop your knowledge and understanding of psychological therapy beyond the basic level offered in some professional qualification courses.

For further information, take a look at our Psychology blog.

The aim of this course is to enable you to develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of applied psychology in the context of psychological intervention and therapeutic modalities including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

The full-time route is structured over 12 months and comprises of three 10 week semesters. In semester 1 and 2 you will complete two taught modules in each semester. In semester 3 you will complete your dissertation under the supervision of one of the course tutors. If you choose to follow the part-time route you will complete the course over three years, completing two taught modules in each of the first two years and the dissertation in your third year.

The dissertation module on this course will also give you the opportunity to pursue an area of applied psychology and psychological therapies directly related to your own work or interest.

TEACHING

This course is taught using a mixture of approaches including the following:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Discussion/debates
  • Video presentation
  • Research seminars and workshops
  • Guest speaker presentations
  • Virtual learning environment, online resources and web based learning / CD-Rom training packages
  • Student presentations
  • Directed study

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • Theorectical essays
  • Reflective essays
  • Research proposal
  • Dissertation

EMPLOYABILITY

This course has helped students to progress to leadership positions within the field of psychological therapies and to advance to more senior practitioner and research roles. Some of our graduates have received bursaries toward PhD study.

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course is an excellent springboard in applied psychology that you can use to become a leader in your profession. It could open doors to more senior roles (including Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) in CBT and therapeutic intervention – two areas that government views as key to effective modern healthcare provision.



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The Masters in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology offers a comprehensive grounding in aspects of psychopathology and abnormal behaviour. Read more
The Masters in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology offers a comprehensive grounding in aspects of psychopathology and abnormal behaviour.

As well as modules that will develop knowledge of the aetiology and treatment of a range of psychological disorders and abnormal behaviours, this programme includes a substantial research element.

You will receive extensive training in research methods via a postgraduate statistics module and will complete a postgraduate dissertation in a related topic. Links with a number of agencies and the University of South Wales’ Psychology Clinic means that suitable students should have the opportunity for access to client groups in order to complete an applied dissertation.

We aim to provide students with access to clinical populations to collect psychological data in order to complete an applied dissertation. This is possible through our links with local NHS trusts and local healthcare providers. In addition, the University of South Wales has recently invested in a new psychology clinic which provides clinical and therapeutic services. Suitable students will be able to benefit from in-house research opportunities and supervised voluntary experience.

The MSc Clinical and Abnormal Psychology draws on the research and applied expertise of psychologists in the fields of developmental, clinical, health, sports and forensic psychology. You will learn about a wide range of developmental disorders including autism and conduct disorder, as well as dependence issues such as alcohol addiction and eating disorders. You will also explore interventions such as pharmacological and behavioural treatments, as well as research on depression, anxiety and personality disorders.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/836-msc-clinical-and-abnormal-psychology

What you will study

You will study 180 credits comprising of the following modules:
- Research Methods in Health Psychology: Measurement & Professional Issues (40 credits)
- Psychopathology Through the Lifespan (20 credits)
- Interventions (20 credits)
- Addiction, Dependence and Deviance (20 credits)
- Current and Historical Perspectives on Psychopathology (20 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

Learning and teaching methods

The MSc Clinical and Abnormal Psychology is delivered through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops. Some of these sessions will be led by members of the teaching team and some by external experts in clinical psychology practice. There will also be student-led sessions and some elements will be delivered online.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

While completion of this programme will not qualify you to practice as a Clinical Psychologist in the UK, nor guarantee acceptance onto a DClinPsy course; the skills that you will develop should enhance your applications for professional training programmes, Assistant Psychologist posts, or Research Assistant posts in clinical settings.

Career options:
Graduates of this masters programme will possess a diversity of skills that will enhance their applications for a range of popular training, employment, and research opportunities. These may include:

Clinical psychology doctorate programmes: These are extremely popular and competitive training courses and successful applicants are likely to have work experience in an appropriate setting as well as suitable qualifications. Applied research experience including the collection of psychological data in a clinical setting should be a useful addition to an application for further training. The extensive research training and applied dissertation completed in this MSc programme should contribute to more robust applications to Clinical doctorate programmes.

Assistant Psychologist posts: These are sought after positions with many applicants for every post; not least because experience as an Assistant Psychologist can help support an application to clinical doctorate training programmes. Successful completion of this MSc programme will suggest a commitment to a career in clinical psychology as well as the development of skills and knowledge that are more advanced than those gained during an undergraduate degree. This may help to help enhance applications for Assistant Psychologist posts.

Research Assistant posts: Excellent psychological research is extremely important in the field of clinical psychology. The extensive research focus and the dissertation completed in this programme will provide graduates with a range of research skills including the ability to critically evaluate literature, research, and applications in the field of clinical psychology, as well as experience in designing, conducting, writing up and disseminating good quality psychological research. These are transferable skills that should be valued in a range of Research Assistant posts.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods will be used, including examinations, essays, a systematic literature review, research reports, and case study analysis. You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000- 20,000 words. The range of teaching and assessment methods used will foster a range of skills that are transferable to the workplace and/or further professional training.

Facilities

As a student in the School of Psychology, you’ll have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

- Cognitive suite
The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

- Psychology clinic facility (PAWB Wales)
As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our new PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

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Vulnerable populations require committed professionals and partnership working across local government, education, health and social care in the planning, delivery and prioritising of resources. Read more

Vulnerable populations require committed professionals and partnership working across local government, education, health and social care in the planning, delivery and prioritising of resources. Our MSc Vulnerability course is at the heart of that process, creating opportunities for you to work collaboratively to review and shape future service delivery.

You will focus on the nature of vulnerability across the lifespan. Our course is aimed at public sector professionals including those working in:

  • health
  • teaching
  • social work
  • emergency services

The course provides the opportunity for you to further develop your knowledge, skills and expertise in relation to vulnerability, health and social care. It is anticipated that students undertaking this degree will already have considerable professional expertise and knowledge.

The course responds to the needs of employers for a better qualified and research-aware public sector workforce. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a course which provides a flexible, individualised learning package which is suited to your area of professional practice and interest.

Course Details

Our course responds to the needs of employers for a better qualified and research-aware public sector workforce. This is a unique opportunity for you to be part of a course which provides a flexible, individualised learning package which is suited to your area of professional practice and interest. Additionally, your individual needs and employers’ service provision requirements can be met.

Our course is made up of a series of modules which have been tailored to develop your professional needs. These modules are set within a framework of themes, for example, protection throughout the life course and addiction and collaborative practice, which reflect contemporary issues of relevance for all public service professionals.

Modules you will study include:

  • Vulnerability
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Child Protection
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Understanding Substance Misuse and Addiction
  • Dementia Care Principles
  • Research for Health and Social Care
  • Inclusive Education
  • Leadership for Effectiveness
  • Quality Improvement in Health Care
  • Independent Study

Teaching and Assessment

Our modules will be delivered through Moodle the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The nature of learning and teaching approaches adopted and assessment strategies proposed will support the group and your individual needs. Online and telephone support will be available. You will further develop skills in:

  • analytical thinking
  • synthesis of ideas
  • reflection
  • negotiation · problem solving · numeracy
  • information
  • communication
  • computer skills
  • networking
  • academic writing
  • dissemination
  • research

Assessment of the academic outcomes for each module will include:

  • written assignments in the form of essays
  • project work
  • reflective narratives

Career Prospects

Our course will attract professionals from a clinical or managerial role. It can enhance career progression as it will provide you with the opportunity to develop the necessary skills and knowledge base to assume a key role within your organisation in terms of:

  • supervision
  • leadership
  • innovation
  • change management
  • clinical governance
  • research
  • development
  • critical thinking

It may lead you to a range of career opportunities within public sector work areas.



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The MSc in Psychology is a conversion course for individuals already possessing an undergraduate degree in a field other than Psychology but who wish to develop a professional career in Psychology. Read more
The MSc in Psychology is a conversion course for individuals already possessing an undergraduate degree in a field other than Psychology but who wish to develop a professional career in Psychology. Previous study of psychology is not required.

By providing the requisite knowledge and skills for post-graduate education and training, this conversion course is the key gateway to a career in clinical, counselling, forensic, health, educational, occupational or other areas of Psychology.

Our previous Graduate Diploma level conversion course was accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and satisfied the requirements for the Graduate Basis of Chartership of the BPS. This new Masters level conversion course is awaiting accreditation by the BPS and we expect to achieve accreditation by June 2017.

Psychology is an exceptionally versatile degree because it offers understanding of many aspects of human behaviour, applicable to many sectors of society, such as education, health, business and social welfare. The course is amongst the first in the UK to teach the core curriculum in an integrated fashion, which brings together different approaches to psychology within each module and thereby provides a deeper and richer understanding of human behaviour.

Having knowledge of the processes that underlie and influence learning, memory, social interactions, feelings, thinking and communication, combined with the development of skills in critical thinking and research, will put you in an excellent position for further post-graduate training or future employment.

Modules

Emotion and human behaviour
Perception, attention and memory
Social behaviour
Thinking, intelligence and communication
Psychological Research Methods 1+2
Masters Empirical Research Project

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods within the Division of Psychology for different modules. The range of previously used methods are:

Essays
Practical/research reports
Unseen exams
Multiple choice questions
Scenario based reports
Case studies
Posters and presentations
Executive reports
Portfolios
Group work folders

Employability

As most psychology graduates will go into a wide range of careers, there is no such thing as a traditional career path for graduates. A majority of psychology graduates decide to pursue careers in other fields and as psychology graduates, they leave with an almost unmatched range of transferable skills, from excellent written and analytical skills to an understanding of how people behave.

However if you do want to stay in psychology, then a conversion course, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), together with an appropriate qualification within the specific field of psychology could lead you to a career as a Chartered Psychologist in clinical, forensic, educational or occupational psychology. Although our previous conversion course and all our existing undergraduate courses are accredited by the BPS, this new Masters level conversion course is awaiting accreditation from the BPS and we expect this to be achieved by June 2017.

This course will teach you excellent written, analytical and numerical skills which will enable you to pursue a wide range of careers in areas such as counselling, teaching, the probation and court services, market research, human resources and business.

Careers support

Our department provides careers support and advice for the time our students study with us and beyond. We organise various careers activities such as talks and seminars, and have arranged work placements in collaboration with many organisations. For example:

• NHS clinics and hospital units (psychosexual, forensic and clinical psychology units)
• brain damage units
• addiction rehabilitation units
• charitable organisations working with stroke patients
• children with disabilities
• young offenders

We also hold an annual careers fair for our second and third year students and work closely with London South Bank University alumni who have gone on to successful careers in Psychology.

Career progression

Recent graduates have gone onto roles such as Assistant Psychologist (Clinical), Research Assistant, Social Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, and Mental Health Nurse.

If you graduate from this course, you'll be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level. The academic strength of this course means that you can also consider entering the field of academic research (e.g. a recent student has just started studying for a PhD)

If you gain significant professional practice experience you would be able to consider a practitioner MSc course such as our part-time MSc Addiction Psychology and Counselling.

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How do people stay healthy, why do people become ill and what happens when people become ill? This engaging course addresses these questions by examining the psychological influences on health and wellbeing. Read more
How do people stay healthy, why do people become ill and what happens when people become ill? This engaging course addresses these questions by examining the psychological influences on health and wellbeing. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and meeting its standards for stage 1 of the training to become a health psychologist, the MSc takes a scientist-practitioner approach, giving students an excellent grounding in both research methodology and professional and practical skills.


Why study Health Psychology MSc at Middlesex?

We focus on supporting your future employability by helping you develop a range of professional, research and transferable skills through teaching, workshops and a placement. An exciting combination of health psychologists, clinical psychologists, other health professionals and leading researchers teach this course. You will learn how health psychologists apply psychological research and methods to promote health, aid the prevention and management of illness, help with the identification of psychological factors contributing to physical illness.

During this programme, you will study health-related behaviour, addiction and treatment; public health, health promotion and behaviour change interventions; stress and stress management; chronic illness and its management; working with patients in the health care system, research methods and professional issues.

A £3,000 scholarship is available for September 2014 entry. Please see our scholarships page for more information.

Course highlights:

- The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing stage1 of the training to become a Health Psychologist.
- It is one of only a few MSc Health Psychology programmes in the UK to offer a health psychology placement. Examples of the placements we currently offer include smoking cessation, addiction management, obesity management, cancer screening, chronic illness management, health promotion, stroke prevention.
- You will participate in teaching and workshops on practical aspects of health psychology such as smoking cessation and motivational interviewing.
- You will be taught by health and clinical psychologists and a range of other health professionals who are experts in their field through research and/or work as practitioners.
- Our purpose-built science building houses state-of-the-art computer and psychophysiology laboratories. Training is given in the use of psychophysiology equipment, in the science laboratories.

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