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In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the leading national assessment of quality, 100% of the research we submitted was rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” for its impact. Read more
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the leading national assessment of quality, 100% of the research we submitted was rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” for its impact.
  • The course is unique in offering students the opportunity to study a comprehensive range of validated attachment procedures at university level.
  • The programme combines theory, practice and research in the field of child and adult attachment in troubled populations.
  • The programme equips students with evaluation skills that will help them mount comprehensive assessments of attachment and family functioning.

Summary

This pioneering programme is tailored to the learning needs of busy health and social care professionals including three main course offerings:

  • MSc Attachment Studies (180 credits) full-time or part-time
  • Postgraduate Certificate in DMM Attachment Based Family Assessment & Intervention: (60 credits) Designed for either individual applicants or for employers to deliver training in the workplace (minium of ten students).
  • Professional Development Courses: Choose from a range of Attachment Studies Short Courses.

The MSc Attachment Studies course provides students with a specific qualification in the assessment of child and adult attachment, parenting and family functioning. Designed for health and social care professionals, our aim is to prepare you to be at the forefront of the next generation of attachment scholars and practitioners.

This course is best suited for professionals who are interested in broadening their skills in assessing attachment, improving the outcome of interventions with their clients and conducting small or large scale research projects. Central to the programme is the Patricia Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturational Model of attachment combined with a culturally sensitive approach uniquely applicable to alleviate the suffering of distressed and traumatised people.

A unique feature of this programme is the opportunity to learn how to apply and conduct a wide range of assessments and procedures for forensic, clinical or research purposes. All students are required to learn to code at least one procedure where you will be able to achieve clinical or research levels of reliability in analysing the results. You can also learn to give and to analyse bio-physiological measures such as cortisol levels, EEG and heart rate variability.

Although this course does not offer therapeutic training, you will be taught by experts in the field to gain the necessary knowledge to formulate intervention plans and select therapeutic approaches that will benefit your clients.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of attachment theory including the latest developments in the neuroscience of attachment relationships and parenting. Our systemic approach broadens the study of attachment from mothers and infants to the attachment of older children, adults, family systems and the wider social and community networks.

The interdisciplinary focus on both practice and research is invaluable for students interested in a research career in the field of attachment studies. Examples of recent and current PhD students’ research include the development of the Meaning of the Child to the Parent Interview, the physiology of developmental trauma (PTSD) in children, the effectiveness of play therapy with traumatised children, and attachment in chimpanzees reared by humans.

Content

In this course, you will gain a variety of skillsets and knowledge through a substantial coverage of the underpinning attachment theory and research. This includes an understanding of the latest development in the neuroscience of attachment and trauma. You will study core concepts of attachment and Dynamic Maturational Model theory, family systems and object relations theory and primatology.

You will also gain a comprehensive knowledge in learning how to administer a wide range of validated attachment and family assessments applicable for use with adults and children of all ages. Examples of these procedures are:

  • The Strange Situation Procedure
  • Pre-school Assessment of Attachment
  • Narrative Story Stems using the Child Attachment and Play Assessment
  • The School Age Assessment of Attachment
  • The DMM-Adult Attachment Interview 
  • The Meaning of the Child to the Parent (a central part of parenting assessments)

This programme offers innovative modules such as the infant mental health module, research methods and the formulation of intervention plans. The infant mental health module is designed to deepen your knowledge of early years development and includes an introduction to the Infant CARE-Index. You will also observe a young child in a natural setting. Besides observing a traditional mother-child relationship, this assessment module also includes observations of older children, adults, family and wider systems.

The research methods module prepares you to design and carry out single case study or small sample empirical research. You will also be able to learn how to administer and analyse bio-physical assessments such as heart rate variability, cortisol and EGG and eye tracking.

The formulation module teaches you to interpret the results of attachment assessments and select the intervention most likely to succeed with a particular client or family. We also offer a forensic model of assessment designed for use with courts and other decision-making forums.

Modules

Full-time mode (1 year)

Compulsory modules

  • Attachment Theory and Research
  • Research Methods
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Application of Assessments to Clinical and Practice Settings
  • Formulation of Treatment and Intervention Plans
  • Coding and Forensic Application of Assessments 

Compulsory modules (MSc students only)

  • Dissertation

Part-time mode (2 years)

Year 1

  • Attachment Theory and Research
  • Research Methods
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Application of Assessments to Clinical Practice Settings
  • Coding and Forensic Application of Assessments

Compulsory module (MSc students only)

  • Dissertation

Stand-alone Postgraduate Certificate

  • Certificate in DMM Attachment Based Family Assessment and Intervention
  • Attachment Theory and Research
  • Application of Assessments to Clinical and Practice Settings
  • Formulation of Treatment and Intervention Plans

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

Our graduates go on to careers in health and social care, or undertake further study in fields such as Clinical Psychology. Students who already have a professional psychology background have been able to launch independent consultancies in social work and psychology.



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This course. aims to provide a therapeutic base for professionals who are working with children and adolescents. It will provide both the strategies and the underpinning theory for working with children and adolescents appealing to all professionals in this sector, e.g. Read more

This course aims to provide a therapeutic base for professionals who are working with children and adolescents. It will provide both the strategies and the underpinning theory for working with children and adolescents appealing to all professionals in this sector, e.g. teachers, counsellors, nursery nurses, social workers, youth workers etc. The course supports employability and career development in these fields. The theory will include developmental psychology attachment theory and the theoretical back ground to play therapy. It is a course that is suitable for CPD and carries 20 credits at the postgraduate level in Counselling/Psychotherapy and other areas. Teaching and learning methods are diverse and include seminars, group discussions, experiential exercises, and lectures. There are two assignments an essay and a case study or a critique of a relevant research paper.

COURSE OUTLINE

The module is part-time and so is particularly suited to those in employment. It is also a course that carries twenty credits at Level 7, which can contribute to further study at Level 7.

-Child and adolescent development, including attachment theory (Bowlby), Eriksson and other developmental psychologists

-The theoretical background to play therapy, including Melanie Klein and Carl Jung

-Methods of working with children and adolescents that stem from the theoretical frameworks

-Current research into this area

-Legal and ethical issues involved in working with children and adolescents

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT & ASSESSMENT

A diverse range of learning and teaching strategies will be used including seminars, group discussion, case studies and case discussion experiential exercises, lectures. The experiential exercises will follow Kolb's Learning cycle.

A negotiated essay on a related topic. A case study or critique of a research paper.

ACADEMIC EXPERTISE

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

LEARNING OUTCOME & AIMS

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

INDUSTRY LINKS & PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

WORK EXPERIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

GRADUATE CAREERS

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.



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This MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is designed to offer students, with or without a first degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, the opportunity to progress academically and professionally. Read more

This MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is designed to offer students, with or without a first degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, the opportunity to progress academically and professionally. The programme builds on expertise and specialist interests across the Criminology and Social Work programmes. It offers students and professionals the opportunity for Continuing Professional Development.

 

A distinctive feature of the MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is that it is delivered 100 per cent online, affording the busy student the flexibility to access postgraduate study while maintaining other commitments. The lectures are delivered via Moodle software, allowing excellent flexibility for times and days of study. Students will experience the programme and its online inter-active approach, its relevance to the work place and its challenging blend of modules both stimulating and supportive. This also means that the programme can be studied internationally.

 

The range of modules are contemporary and relevant to the current criminal justice landscape and will help to build on a number of key skills that enhance the student’s critical thinking and in turn, will thrive in a professional environment. Students will acquire an extensive range of generic skills which are widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. In addition to subject skills and knowledge, graduates also develop skills in communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing, and independent learning. All are highly valued by employers.

 

The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme integrates theory, social research, skills and professional experience, preparing students with critical thinking skills for employment in the workforce in criminal and community justice related settings. The programme aims to:

 

  • Provide an advanced level programme for students wanting to critically analyse the theory and practice of criminal justice. 
  • Engage students in critically assessing and synthesising theoretical perspectives on criminal justice policy and practice.
  • Develop advanced appreciation of the complexities of working in the Criminal Justice arena.

Key Course Features

  • 100 per cent online delivery
  • Can be studied from abroad
  • Opportunities for face-to-face seminars
  • Excellent tutorial support and communication with lecturers

What Will You Study?

Trimester One

The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme begins with two core modules. The Advanced Research Methods module explores paradigms and methods for research in the criminal justice area as a prelude for the Research Project module to be undertaken by those progressing to the MA award. Students complete one other core module called Contemporary Crime and Justice which explores various types of offences and categories of offenders so that students develop a critical appreciation of how processes of justice understand and respond to particular types of offending.

 

Trimester Two

Students then have the option of completing two out of four modules which deal with issues of relevance across a range of criminal justice practice contexts. Attachment Theory has become increasingly important in child and adult context for understanding offending behaviour and so this module explores how attachment deficits are linked to crime. Substance Misuse is a cross cutting concern in a range of criminal justice contexts and therefore also forms the basis for a specific module of study. Negotiated Learning will give students the academic flexibility to study a topic of their own choosing, which could be related to their work. Finally, students have the option of studying Terrorism and its Consequences.

 

Each module is delivered weekly over 12 sessions.

 

Trimester Three

The MA concludes when students submit a Research Project based on primary research into an issue of criminological significance. 

 

The information listed in this section 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.

Assessment and Teaching

Each module (except the Research Project) requires students to complete a 5,000 word essay. Trimester Three requires students to complete a 12,000 word Research Project.

Glyndwr University offer excellent support for students with learning differences.

Career Prospects

The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme allows students to reach their vocational aspirations, making them stand out to a wide range of employers attached to the fields of:

 

  • Probation
  • Youth Justice
  • Police
  • The Prison Service
  • Substance Misuse Services
  • Community Rehabilitation
  • Homelessness Services
  • Voluntary Agencies
  • Law
  • Working with victims e.g. domestic abuse related charities.

 

With further postgraduate study, career paths open to graduates may include Counselling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Social Work or teaching and research.



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The longest standing British Association of Play Therapy (BAPT) accredited Masters level Play Therapy training course in England. Read more
  • The longest standing British Association of Play Therapy (BAPT) accredited Masters level Play Therapy training course in England.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge from practising play therapists who bring teaching to life with their own clinical experiences and case material.
  • The course leads to a qualification that entitles you to registration as a Full Member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT).
  • “The best Play Therapy training programme in Europe” according to internationally-renowned play therapist Garry Landreth.

Summary

This two year full-time programme integrates theoretical learning, clinical skills and in-depth personal development to prepare graduates for clinical practice, predominantly with children, as a professional play therapist within the public and private sectors.Based on a humanistic person-centred model of therapy, this course emphasises the use of play within a therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client to facilitate therapeutic change. The course encompasses theoretical, practical and experiential learning. With our holistic approach to teaching, you will be provided with thorough and systematic knowledge, experience, skills and the confidence to work as a professionally qualified play therapist. At the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of therapeutic techniques and approaches that are required for professional registration purposes.

This course leads to a qualification that entitles you to registration as a Full Member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) whose register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). You will be taught by experienced practitioners who are practising play therapists and will bring the teaching on the course to life by drawing upon their own clinical experiences and case materials.

All students are required to be in personal therapy for the duration of the course and will complete two specified periods of supervised clinical placements alongside their studies. Key areas that you will study include human development and growth, play therapy theory and skills and young child observations (attachment theory). Integral to the programme is your own personal development which will be supported by personal therapy and experiential process groups.

Content

This intense, rigorous and comprehensive programme is made up of ten modules that encompass the theoretical, practical and experiential learning experience required to become a professional play therapist. All modules are designed to prepare you for child-centred therapeutic practice that is theoretically sound and emotionally aware, complying with the core competencies of a play therapist as specified by the British Association of Play Therapists.

The clinical placements are a central component to the training in this programme. In your first year, the modules will include experiential learning to prepare you for your first work placement, as theoretical understanding will give you a strong grounding for your clinical practice. Your professional development is inter-related with the development of theoretical knowledge, skills and personal awareness. Within the clinical placements you will synthesise, integrate and apply all aspects of your learning into practise. 

In the second year, you will build upon your play therapy skills and knowledge from your first year modules. You will have the opportunity to develop and explore your understanding of the theory and practice of play therapy in relation to working with different client groups and more complex needs. You will also synthesise your theoretical knowledge and clinical experience to pursue your research interest in the Research Portfolio module. A clinical issue, your own clinical work or a professional issue may provide the inspiration for this research project. Recent research areas have included: child-centred play therapy and the use of therapeutic boundaries, play therapy and unresolved bereavement issues, play therapy in schools, and play therapy and different cultural beliefs.

We also offer introductory courses that provide a useful background to those working in related professions or anyone simply wishing to find out more about the work. 

See answers to frequently asked questions about the MA Play Therapy.

Modules

Year 1 (full-time)

Year 2 (full-time)

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

Graduates work as a registered play therapist for both the private and public sectors.

Short Courses

We also offer weekend introductory courses, 5 day Summer Schools, and 20 week part time evening Foundation Courses which provide a useful background in related professions. For more information, see our Psychology Short Courses.



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This unique programme offers advanced study in psychological theories of child and adolescent mental health, and their application to work with children, young people and families. Read more

Programme description

This unique programme offers advanced study in psychological theories of child and adolescent mental health, and their application to work with children, young people and families.

The programme is suitable for graduates of psychology or cognate disciplines, and those with experience of working with children and young people in clinical, social work or educational settings.

The programme explores the theoretical, conceptual and evidence base for psychological practice with children and young people while fostering a critical and reflective approach to their clinical application.

Programme structure

Teaching is delivered in a variety of engaging and interactive formats, including lectures, seminars, clinical workshops and tutor-led online learning environments.

The programme also offers high-quality CPD opportunities. Full-time MSc students take one core course and two option courses each semester. Part-time students choose one or two courses each semester.

These compulsory courses form the core part of the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma:

Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions
Child Development in Practice
Discovering Development (MSc only)

You can choose three optional courses to complete a MSc or a PgDip, and two courses to complete a PgCert:

Applied Developmental Psychopathology
Attachment Theory in Clinical Settings
Parenting: Theory and Practice
Trauma and Resilience in a Developmental Context

Learning outcomes

The programme will enable you to:

develop your practice through engagement with research and scholarship in psychological theory and practice
develop advanced skills in the critical appraisal of psychological practice in the field of child and adolescent mental health
develop and consolidate an extended knowledge base of theoretical and clinical approaches to psychological therapy for children, young people and families

Career opportunities

This programme will facilitate career progression for those working in child and adolescent mental health and supports entry into a range of related professions. The transferable skills you gain, e.g. teamworking, communication and research, will add value to your employability.

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Within the three years, the course provides an intensive and systematic programme of training, equipping each student to meet the challenges facing clinical psychology and to make a unique contribution to the Irish Health Services. Read more
Within the three years, the course provides an intensive and systematic programme of training, equipping each student to meet the challenges facing clinical psychology and to make a unique contribution to the Irish Health Services. The course is structured so that the academic teaching typically takes place in term time for one and a half days per week. In addition, each placement is preceded by a teaching block of approximately four weeks duration. Students complete six clinical placements during the course, each of approximately five months duration, providing knowledge, skills and experience to work with as wide a range of clients as possible. Research training is continuous across the programme.

Course requirements include continuous clinical assessment, examinations and a research portfolio combining reports of clinical activity, small and large scale research projects and demonstrating research competency across a range of methodologies. Progress on the course is assessed by an end-of-year review which each student must pass. Research interests of staff include attachment theory, developmental psychopathology, health psychology, research methods, forensic psychology, risk perception, quality of life perception and applied behaviour analysis. cStudents of the course are employed by an approved health care provider and graduates are required to complete an additional three-year contract of employment with their sponsoring service provider.

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This part-time, flexible course is for post-qualifying Social Work professional study. Read more
This part-time, flexible course is for post-qualifying Social Work professional study. The MSc programme accommodates a range of modules to allow students to build credit towards either a “generic” Masters qualification (MSc in Applied Professional Studies) or a range of specialist qualifications by following prescribed pathways of study.

Key information

-Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, University Certificate.
-Study methods: Mixture of online and classroom delivery.
-Duration: This programme is flexible so durations are for guidance. PG/UG Cert-12 months, PG Diploma-24 months, MSC-30 months.
-Start date: Both Spring and Autumn start-dates are available.
-Course Director: Duncan Helm.
-Location: Stirling Campus.

Accreditation

Our qualifications are recognised and accredited by organisations such as Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). By mainlining strong links with key stakeholders we ensure that our programmes anticipate learning needs in the workforce and that we are at the forefront of contemporary practice and thinking.

Course objectives

This course is a post-qualifying award designed to support experienced professional staff in developing advanced knowledge, skills and understanding.

Child Welfare and Protection

This is a post-qualifying course for staff working in child welfare and protection, including those in social work, health, education, the police and associated disciplines. With a focus on improving outcomes for children, this course tackles core challenges in practice including assessment, planning and effective practice. The course builds professional knowledge and competence sequentially through consideration of key frameworks (such as attachment theory and resilience), critical reflection on multi-professional judgement and decision-making, through to examination of the latest research and practice developments in care planning and intervention.

The Certificate consists of three 20 credit modules (Scottish Qualifications and Credit Framework) which are designed to be taken sequentially across one year of study. Each module is delivered over seven days through a blend of direct teaching and structured learning activities. Modules are structured to accommodate the pressures experienced by professionals combining adult learning with demanding workloads. Unique to this course, there is a final day in the timetable which provides students with the tools and opportunity to review their learning across the course. This review of learning is designed to facilitate embedding of learning in practice and to dovetail the learning outcomes from the course with the student’s ongoing professional development.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a large interdisciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in: Dementia; Education; Housing Studies; Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; and Social Work.

We offer an established, research-led suite of taught postgraduate courses, including our world renowned Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses, ESRC-recognised courses in Social Research and diverse Doctoral opportunities.

Our externally accredited professional courses, such as Educational Leadership, Housing Studies and Social Work Studies, are designed to best equip our students with practical and transferable knowledge for the complex demands of professional practice.

The Faculty is home to a vibrant and diverse community of academics and postgraduate students, where creative thinking and independent spirit is promoted and celebrated.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20.

For more information go to English language requirements: http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

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This is a post-qualifying course for staff working in child welfare and protection, including those in social work, health, education, the police and associated disciplines. Read more

Child Welfare and Protection

This is a post-qualifying course for staff working in child welfare and protection, including those in social work, health, education, the police and associated disciplines. With a focus on improving outcomes for children, this course tackles core challenges in practice including assessment, planning and effective practice. The course builds professional knowledge and competence sequentially through consideration of key frameworks (such as attachment theory and resilience), critical reflection on multi-professional judgement and decision-making, through to examination of the latest research and practice developments in care planning and intervention.

The Certificate consists of three 20 credit modules (Scottish Qualifications and Credit Framework) which are designed to be taken sequentially across one year of study. Each module is delivered over seven days through a blend of direct teaching and structured learning activities. Modules are structured to accommodate the pressures experienced by professionals combining adult learning with demanding workloads. Unique to this course, there is a final day in the timetable which provides students with the tools and opportunity to review their learning across the course. This review of learning is designed to facilitate embedding of learning in practice and to dovetail the learning outcomes from the course with the student’s ongoing professional development.

For more information, see the website: http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/programme-information/prospectus/applied-social-science/applied-professional-studies/

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a large interdisciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in: Dementia; Education; Housing Studies; Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; and Social Work.

We offer an established, research-led suite of taught postgraduate courses, including our world renowned Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses, ESRC-recognised courses in Social Research and diverse Doctoral opportunities.

Our externally accredited professional courses, such as Educational Leadership, Housing Studies and Social Work Studies, are designed to best equip our students with practical and transferable knowledge for the complex demands of professional practice.

The Faculty is home to a vibrant and diverse community of academics and postgraduate students, where creative thinking and independent spirit is promoted and celebrated.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20.

For more information go to English language requirements: http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

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Physician Associate (formerly known as Physician Assistant) is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Read more

Physician Associate (formerly known as Physician Assistant) is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They are trained to perform a number of roles including: taking medical histories, performing examinations, analysing test results, and diagnosing illnesses under the direct supervision of a doctor.

To understand what a Physician Associate does on a day-to-day basis, Health Education England have produced this informative Day in the Life of a Physician Associate video.

We also run a flexible MSc Physician Associate programme for those who already have their Postgraduate Diploma from a UK or Irish institution.

Please note: the British Physician Associate programme does not qualify you to work in the USA.

Course details

The University of Birmingham has been training Physician Associates (formerly Physician Assistants) since January 2008.  As one of the longest running programmes in the country, we are delighted to offer this opportunity to graduates to make a valuable contribution to the nation’s health. We work in partnership with hospitals and practices in the Midlands and beyond.

The development of the profession has been led by the Department of Health and has involved the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of General Practitioners as well as the profession itself through the former UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA) which is now the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. University of Birmingham staff have taken a key role in the development of the programme at a national as well as a regional level in response to need identified by local healthcare providers. Successful completion of the programme will qualify you to practise as a Physician Associate in the UK.

Please note: the UK PA training programme does not qualify you to work in the USA.

The course 

The course leaders regard integration of theory and practice as fundamental to clinical learning.

  • This course is two, full time, calendar years in duration, each lasting approximately 48 weeks, plus an additional month. You can expect to be studying 50+ hours per week.
  • Theory is learned mostly through case/problem based learning and you will experience medicine in both hospital and community attachments.
  • The rich ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the 5.5 million strong West Midlands population offers unrivalled opportunities for clinical learning, with placements seeking to optimise this.
  • Right from the beginning, you will have contact with patients, as during the first term, students are placed for up to five days of clinical experience within a General Practice in either the West Midlands or beyond.  
  • This is followed by a fourteen-week hospital attachment in the second term, and a further few days of General Practice in the third term. Students will use the cases collected during the second term as the basis of their learning within the third term.
  • The second year continues the problem-based learning approach and integrates further learning and placements in Acute and Emergency Medicine, Child Health General Practice, Mental Health, Reproductive Health and Surgery.
  • Throughout the course, you will receive teaching in a variety of forms, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, and bedside demonstrations. 
  • Simulation is fundamental to this course, using simulated patients (who will teach you communication and examination skills, including gynaecological and urological examination). Simulation aims both to prepare you for the clinical world and to train you in a safe, non-threatening environment.
  • Progression exams are undertaken at the nine months mark, and again at twenty-three months into the course. Students are required to pass both sets of examinations prior to entry into the National Assessment. 
  • Assessment types will include Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper(s), Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), Case Write-Ups, Presentations and Professional Behaviour sign-offs. 

Regulation

All students will be registered with the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. Graduates currently join a Managed Voluntary Register.

Learning and teaching

This is a very intense course with a large amount of knowledge and skills to acquire in a relatively short time. You will need to dedicate at least 50 hours each week to learning, much of it by yourself and with your learning set.

At the University of Birmingham we believe in very close integration between the theory learning (‘the hip is a ball and socket joints and the femur anatomy is as follows’ and clinical learning (‘when people fracture their hips it happens like this, they present like this, and your understanding of the hip anatomy enables you to understand why and how hips fracture’). You will also link theory and practice by learning, say, how to examine a hip on each other, on a simulated patient and (often) on a real patient before you see such a patient in a clinical environment.

Employability

Birmingham-trained Physician Associates have been very successful in the NHS jobs market with most of our graduates on NHS Agenda for Change Band 7 (starting at £31,383 p,a.) or higher.

Our graduates are working all across the UK (although about half have stayed in the West Midlands) and in a wide range of specialties including: general medicine, acute medicine, cardiology, paediatrics, breast surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, mental health, emergency medicine and General Practice. Many have also chosen to go into teaching and research (part-time while maintaining clinical duties), with five of our graduates currently teaching here at Birmingham.

The number of NHS Trusts and Practices seeking Physician Associates (and the average number working for each Trust/Practice) has increased rapidly throughout the last few years, and we would expect that number to continue to increase at a similar pace over the next few years.



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Opportunities to see live demonstrations and attend practical workshops will help you apply theory to practice. You'll gain an understanding of how developmental theory and research is integrated into psychological/non-psychological organisational practice, documentation and policy. Read more

Why choose this course?

• Opportunities to see live demonstrations and attend practical workshops will help you apply theory to practice
• You'll gain an understanding of how developmental theory and research is integrated into psychological/non-psychological organisational practice, documentation and policy
• Our research-active teaching team are experts in applied developmental psychology - their research informs the content of this course and ranges from topics such as maternity and the newborn through to the role of emotion in recognising words
• Our specialist facilities include a video observation suite, EEG, eye-tracking equipment, and a psychology test bank
• Studying this course will equip you with an excellent basis to pursue PhD study or bridge the gap between further training in developmental, educational or clinical psychology
• The combination of contemporary and applied study ensure that you'll be equipped to consider global opportunities when you graduate

About this course:

Developmental psychology is a dynamic and evolving subject area with an increasing emphasis on the application of knowledge to real-life settings. Our course focuses on the application of theory to various settings which have real world implications, and is consistent with a more impactful relationship between academic and professional psychology in a range of employment contexts.

An expert teaching team

Dr Christopher Barnes: Special research interests include Developmental/Health Psychology: Maternity and the Newborn; Cognitive, Motor and Social Development; Maternal Mental Health; Parenting; Self-Efficacy, Self-Esteem and Attachment

Dr Simon Bignell: Special research interests include Developmental Disorders (e.g. ADHD; Autism; Behavioural Disorders); Children’s Language and Literacy; Cyberpsychology (e.g. Technology-Enhanced Learning, Multi-User Virtual Worlds & Gaming); Psychology of Vegetarianism & Veganism

Dr Jenny Hallam: Special research interests include Exploring children's experiences of art in the classroom and how children would like to see art taught, Designing, implementing and evaluating art interventions designed to enable primary teachers to teach art more effectively

Dr Sigrid Lipka: Special research interests include Language processing in adults: sentence & text comprehension; the role of emotion in recognising words; sentence comprehension strategies across different language; individual differences in language processing; dyslexia

Strong career focus

The content of the course has been developed to ensure that graduates have an up-to-date understanding of the role of psychological theory, research and methodology in the context of applied developmental psychology, as well as developing a range of transferable skills. In order to help you decide on a career pathway, and to facilitate employer links, modules will include lectures from guest speakers across a variety of developmental psychology careers, for example working within the NHS, mental health, teaching, research and consultancy.

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You will be equipped with the necessary skills to work with a wide range of people with a range of psychological issues in a variety of settings. Read more
  • You will be equipped with the necessary skills to work with a wide range of people with a range of psychological issues in a variety of settings.
  • Our approach incorporates aspects of theory and practice from three main therapeutic traditions; person-centred, attachment-based and psychodynamic.
  • There is an opportunity to gain work placement experience whilst studying through our excellent partnership with the School of Education.
  • You will be taught by experts in the field who have many years of experience in the Psychological Therapies and their teaching draws upon their knowledge and expertise.
  • The impact of our research has been judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Summary

This programme provides training in counselling and psychotherapy to become eligible for the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) individual practitioner accreditation. This three year part-time postgraduate degree is especially designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise necessary to work in primary and secondary schools making a positive impact in children and young people’s mental health. 

This course helps you to become a practitioner who is able to work with child and adolescent clients one-to-one, who present with diverse psychological issues in a variety of settings including both mainstream and special education, children’s hospitals and children’s and adolescent’s mental health (CAMHS). You will become critically reflective and develop an enquiring attitude to theory, research and practice in complex areas of counselling and psychotherapy especially in respect to working with children and adolescents.

Based on the approach for the Integrative and Counselling Psychotherapy course, our integrative approach, is at the forefront of counselling and psychotherapy theory, practice and research. It incorporates aspects from three main therapeutic traditions; person-centred, attachment-based and psychodynamic. You will be encouraged to explore psychological processes and experiences from these different perspectives, and recognise the theoretical, personal and cultural assumptions which influence your work.

This programme includes a focus on both child centred (based on Carl Roger’s person centred approach) and psychodynamic perspectives and integrates these within a framework for understanding psychological and mental growth. Throughout the programme, you will develop a high level of awareness of self and the demands of the therapeutic process. This will be achieved through your own personal therapy and via small group clinical supervision that runs parallel to the practice placements.

You will be taught by leading experts in the field who lead on cutting-edge research projects and who have excellent links to school based counselling and child and adolescent psychopathology underpinned by our research centres CREST – Centre for Research in Social & Psychological Transformations CARICAW- Centre for Applied Research & assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing.  

As well as cognitive and reflective skills, you will also learn practical ways of working with your clients in a therapeutic relationship to address conscious and unconscious needs and produce a change in emotional and cognitive processes and behaviour. This involves integrating complex and advanced skills, and responding creatively to complex, novel and unpredictable situations. 



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Why Surrey?. Our unique MSc Research Methods in Psychology programme allows you to study theory while benefitting from hands-on research experience. Read more

Why Surrey?

Our unique MSc Research Methods in Psychology programme allows you to study theory while benefitting from hands-on research experience.

It covers the breadth of contemporary psychological research methods and allows you to develop research approaches to studying psychology, from the level of social groups through to neuro-imaging of brain activity.

Programme overview

Our MSc Research Methods in Psychology programme is designed to provide you with expertise in psychological research methods appropriate for the behavioural sciences.

You will develop the skills necessary for critically evaluating research, formulating innovative research questions, conducting empirical research, and analysing, interpreting and reporting research results.

The programme covers the breadth of contemporary psychological research methods, allowing you to develop research approaches that combine multiple methods in unique ways. By the end of the programme, you will have developed an individual profile of research skills.

The programme also provides an ideal stepping stone for research at PhD level.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Career prospects

Students who have completed the Psychology programmes have progressed to a range of careers in areas such as local government, management, research posts in universities and commercial organisations, healthcare and clinical psychology, and many have progressed on to study for a PhD.

Research

We believe in involving all postgraduate students in the research life of the School through active participation in one of the research groups, attendance at research seminars and, where possible, an attachment to ongoing research projects.

As a student of the Department of Psychology, you will also have access to a number of conferences, seminars and workshops hosted throughout the year.

Educational aims of the programme

  • To provide postgraduate students with expertise of current psychological research methods appropriate for the behavioural sciences
  • To provide postgraduate students with the skills necessary for research at PhD level and/or making transition to the world of work
  • To provide postgraduate students with the skills necessary for formulating appropriate research questions, conducting empirical research and analysing and reporting research results

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Of the basic principles of research design and strategies
  • Of psychology as an evidence-based science and the historical and theoretical issues underlying the discipline
  • Of psychological concepts and methodologies and how to evaluate the range of alternative research methods
  • Of quantitative/qualitative techniques to manage and analyse psychological data
  • Of different methods to present and communicate the results
  • Of ethical considerations when undertaking research

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Critically assess and comment on both published and unpublished sources of research
  • Critically weigh up the contributions and limitations of psychological theories and methods in addressing research problems
  • Critically compare methods and research findings to develop, where appropriate, integrative theoretical frameworks to understand research methodologies
  • Design, conduct and evaluate psychological research including a rationale for choice of methods employed;
  • Reflect on the mutual interaction between theory development, practice and application.

Professional practical skills

  • Communicate work in a professional manner for academic and non-academic audiences in written and verbal formats
  • Apply problem solving techniques to psychological research topics effectively
  • Use effective learning strategies
  • Analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence in a competent and critical manner

Key / transferable skills

  • Communicate theories and methods in relation to psychology research by oral and written means
  • Use information technology effectively
  • Manage own personal development

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health is for you if you’re working with, or intend to work with children or young people whose social and emotional development and functioning is affected adversely, or who risk being affected by mental health difficulties. Read more
MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health is for you if you’re working with, or intend to work with children or young people whose social and emotional development and functioning is affected adversely, or who risk being affected by mental health difficulties. Students who wish to study the Masters at the University may be a graduate and/or have significant relevant experience.

At the University of South Wales, you will broaden your understanding of the causation, presentation and implications of child and adolescent mental health difficulties, and social emotional and behavioural difficulties. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to input where appropriate into interventions for individuals and groups with child and adolescent mental health difficulties and social emotional and behavioural difficulties (CAMHD/SEBD). Also to advise colleagues and parents on the formulation of appropriate strategies for working with children and young people with CAMHD/SEBD and to contribute to the development of appropriate policy and guidelines. You will explore the need for evidence based approaches and interventions which will promote children and young peoples’ mental health and social and emotional competencies.

The MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health encourages students to critically evaluate and reflect upon current theoretical perspectives in relation to child and adolescent mental health, and social emotional and behavioural difficulties (CAMHD/SEBD). The Masters also enables students to reflect on and contextualise current practice, and to make connections between theory and practice. In addition, the course encourages students to look critically at the research in relation to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Difficulties and Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1160-ma-child-and-adolescent-mental-health

What you study

You will take two compulsory modules:

- Child and Adolescent Mental Health - The module introduces students to definitions and concepts in the field of CAMH and the current structuring of CAMH Services in the United Kingdom. Sessions look in detail at particular Mental Health Difficulties, which include Attachment Difficulties, Emotional Difficulties, and Behavioural Difficulties. Particular study is made of gender and culture in relation to Mental Health Difficulties and these sessions include a focus on eating disorders, self-harm and trauma.

- Research Methodology - In common with all of the MA Education programmes, you must take the core module; Research Methodology.

Additional specialist modules can include:

- Managing and Supporting Children and Adolescents with SEN (CAMH/SEBD) - This module focuses on the theory that underpins practice in this area of work, and compliments the core module. The module looks at definitions and conceptual difficulties in relation to CAMH and SEBD, and then goes on to examine how theory impacts on interventions in different models (therapeutic, behaviourist and bio-psycho-social.

- Children’s Wellbeing - This module takes a broad view of Children’s wellbeing by exploring the concept of, and the challenges of, measuring wellbeing in addition to considering how wellbeing is addressed in Health, Education, Social Care, Youth Justice and by Non-Governmental Organisations. The module will also explore and evaluate a range of approaches to promoting Children’s wellbeing and an integral part of the lecture programme will be the use of Visiting Lecturers to illustrate examples of evidence-based practice.

- Working with Vulnerable Children - This module examines contemporary models of childhood and adolescence and introduces the concepts of vulnerability, risk and resilience. The module also considers the challenges of research and intervention with vulnerable groups.

Alternatively you can take one module from one of the other MA Education pathways. To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.

Learning and teaching methods

Each module is assessed via a written assignment of 5,000 words, which usually takes the form of an essay. Each course member is supported by a tutor who provides individual tutorials and guidance during the assignment writing process.

Assessment methods

To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan. If you wish to exit earlier, the Postgraduate Diploma is awarded to students who complete four modules which form the taught element.

Employment Prospects

A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research.

If you are interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here at the University of South Wales.

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Urban Sociology and Environmental psychology are interdisciplinary fields focused on the sociological study of life and human interaction in metropolitan… Read more
Urban Sociology and Environmental psychology are interdisciplinary fields focused on the sociological study of life and human interaction in metropolitan areas and the interplay between individuals and their surroundings as well as the role of cities in the development of the society as whole.This module introduces the students to the major theoretical formulations and models in the area of environmental psychology related to people and places, such as privacy, personal space, place attachment and environmental restoration such as place identity, place attachment, environmental consciousness, behavior settings and others. Also the course explores new urban theory, as well as the evolution of cities including suburbanization, race relations, gentrification, street life, sustainability (economic, social and environmental), redevelopment, urban politics, and key international comparisons. Readings in the course focus on theory, specific cities, and environmental concerns. Course will also address issues such as effects of the economic crisis on housing markets, democracy on public policy, and questions of social status, gender, lifestyles, and culture on urban development. Relationships between the physical environment, natural and human-made, and the behavior of human beings will be studied in-depth; focus is on perceptual, cognitive, and motivational aspects of the human-environmental interaction. Specific physical settings will be studied from the behavioral aspects in relation to issues of spatial determinism.

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If you are interested in the world around you, like to engage in deep questions about the nature of life, religion and religious traditions and wish to communicate your enthusiasm with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively. Read more

If you are interested in the world around you, like to engage in deep questions about the nature of life, religion and religious traditions and wish to communicate your enthusiasm with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively.

The aim of the Religious Education course is to develop reflective teachers who care about developing pupils’ understanding about the world around them and want to foster pupils’ appreciation of different beliefs, practices and religions. You will be encouraged to develop effective and inspirational practical teaching skills underpinned by a sound grasp of theoretical concepts.

Successful completion of the course will lead to the award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 credits towards a Masters.

What happens on the course?

  • Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different school placements across the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase.
  • Your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high-quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers
  • All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
  • Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methods that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigation and other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills. The majority teaching sessions will be alongside trainees from the other the science routes.
  • All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.
  • Typical modules may include
  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject

PGCE: programme structure

  • Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.
  • The course comprises of two school placements and two periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February.
  • 24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. You will have one school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms. During the second attachment a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focussed on your chosen specialist area.
  • We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • We are one of Britain's largest and most established providers of teacher education. A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment.
  • We have a state of the art Education and Teaching Building with teaching rooms fitted with interactive whiteboards, two lecture theatres as well as social learning areas and a coffee shop.
  • Access to regular Professional Skills Test Support

Career path

  • The PGCE Secondary School Teaching leads to qualified teacher status, and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school
  • In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:
  • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)
  • Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive
  • ·Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education which can be continued within your NQT year.

What skills will you gain?

  • If you are successful you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase with primary and post-16 enhancement.
  • The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching science in two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 Masters-level credits.
  • Become a critical reflective teacher with high levels of subject knowledge and a wide understanding of educational theory and practice.
  • Professional skills required to achieve Outstanding results in relation to student progress including data analysis, communication, lesson planning and assessment methods.

Who accredits this course?

  • This course leads to the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.
  • The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in the United Kingdom and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.


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