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The MRes Health and Wellbeing aims to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the social, biological and environmental drivers of individual health behaviours and interventions appropriate to develop health and wellbeing. Read more

The MRes Health and Wellbeing aims to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the social, biological and environmental drivers of individual health behaviours and interventions appropriate to develop health and wellbeing. It is designed to extend your understanding of the social science underpinning the development of effective interventions, strategies and policies aimed at sustainable improvement in health and wellbeing, and reducing physical and psychological health inequalities. The programme examines contemporary issues related to modifiable disease risk behaviours, and the determinants and correlates of these lifestyle behaviours across the lifespan. You should develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary skills and processes to translate scientific research into practical health and wellbeing applications.

The programme aims to prepare you for a career as a professional researcher in either academic or non-academic environments. It aims to provide you with a range of transferable skills appropriate to Masters level research within this theme, and to provide you with a solid foundation for embarking on doctoral level studies. Upon graduation you should be well equipped to progress to PhD study or work in the area of health and wellbeing policy and practice.

The MRes Health and Wellbeing forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre - a hub of world-class social science research. The MRes also forms the first part of a collaborative (MRes + MPhil/PhD) pathway, which includes further collaborative elements with all three institutions; read details of the MPhil/PhD Health and Wellbeing.

Learning and teaching

The programme will adopt a range of small group teaching methods alongside the encouragement of independent study. An innovative element of the programme will be to integrate inter-institutional teaching through the ‘Contemporary Debates in Lifestyle Behaviours and Public Health’ interdisciplinary module aimed at providing an insight into the challenges of working across disciplines with staff and fellow students.

Programme structure

The MRes Health and Wellbeing is available for study 12 months full-time, studied over three terms, and is University-based throughout this time

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules can include;

  • Behavioural Science Research Skills;
  • Interdisciplinary Research Design;
  • Research Methods and Analytical Procedures;
  • Dissertation (Journal Article)
  • Contemporary Debates in Lifestyle Behaviours and Public Health;

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules which may be available are;

  • Contemporary Debates in Human Geography;
  • Advances and Methods in Social and Organisational Psychology;
  • Current Research Issues in Social,
  • Economic and Organisational Psychology;
  • Methods in Cognitive and Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience;
  • Paediatric Exercise and Health;
  • Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases.

Careers

The MRes Health and Wellbeing is designed to provide you with a range of transferable skills appropriate to Masters level research within this theme, and to provide you with a solid foundation for embarking on doctoral level studies. Upon graduation you should be well equipped to progress to PhD study or work in the area of health and wellbeing policy and practice.



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The MSc Health and Wellbeing programme emphasises the need to develop high quality health and wellbeing services for all ages across the health and social care sector. Read more
The MSc Health and Wellbeing programme emphasises the need to develop high quality health and wellbeing services for all ages across the health and social care sector. Through critical analysis of theory, research, policy and legislation you will be supported to advance scholarship and practice. A culture of interprofessional collaboration will be fostered through the provision of opportunities to learn with, from and about others. Knowledge and skills gained could enhance your continuing development, improve your performance at work and benefit the organisations that you work for now and in the future.

You can undertake the programme in stages initially working towards a Postgraduate Certificate then a Postgraduate Diploma, before completing your Masters qualification. If you do not wish to complete the full Masters, you can choose to complete either a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, depending on the module credits you accrue.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/health-and-wellbeing.aspx

Course detail

You are recommended to commence your studies with the Enhancing Health and Wellbeing module. This module will introduce you to the core theoretical concepts related to the promotion and enhancement of health and wellbeing, and you will be supported to reflect upon your career to date, considering how you would like to progress in preparation for your learning journey ahead. This initial support will prepare you to take control of your learning throughout the rest of the programme.

The modules you undertake next can be chosen from a range offered within the CCCU postgraduate portfolio, your choice of modules will reflect your learning and development needs and where relevant those of your supporting organisation. If you opt for the generic programme award title, e.g. MSc Health and Wellbeing, the choice of modules is up to you; if you opt for a MSc with negotiated endorsement e.g. MSc Health and Wellbeing (plus negotiated endorsement) then you will need to identify modules that can demonstrate your learning in relationship to this endorsement in conjunction with your academic tutor and these will need to be agreed by the Exam Board.

Where a specific option for a topic you want to study is not offered within the portfolio of postgraduate modules, you can opt to study it a bespoke manner, by undertaking the Negotiated Learning module. This module provides the opportunity to study at and for work with the support of an academic supervisor.

You will complete your MSc programme of studies with the research modules. You will undertake two modules – the Research Approaches and Methods module (RAM) which develops knowledge and understanding of research methods, followed by a Dissertation or Project. The aim of the research modules within your programme are to enable you to develop sound knowledge and understanding of different research approaches and methods which will enable you to plan and undertake a substantive dissertation or project in a topic relevant to your profession. At the end of these modules you will be able to produce clear aims and objectives for your study and be able to select and evaluate key research and other evidence. You will be able to select and justify a study design or methodology and be able to analyse and interpret relevant data. You will be able to reflect on the processes undertaken in carrying out a dissertation or project and discuss findings in relation to theoretical perspectives and your professional practice.

Suitability

The MSc Health and Wellbeing is designed to be a flexible and responsive course, meeting the learning and development needs of health and social care professionals. This course has been designed for those working in a range of roles and service contexts and is open to both experienced and newly registered health and social care practitioners.

Content

For full list of modules, please see the website.

Format

Learning and teaching strategies will involve you as an active participant; you will be encouraged to use self-evaluation and reflection on your own experience in order to deepen and consolidate your understanding as well as plan for your future learning. Modules are organised using a range of teaching and learning methods to facilitate your academic and professional development. These methods include a blend of classroom based, online and work based learning activities. Teaching and learning methods are supported by technologies e.g. our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE

Assessment

Throughout the programme your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed through a variety of learning activities. You will be encouraged to engage in self-assessment and may be actively involved in peer assessment. Formative assessment (during the module but not part of the final assessment) opportunities will be offered within each module as a part of your on-going learning.

Modules are worth 20 HE Level 7 credits, except the research dissertation which is either worth 40 or 60 HE Level 7 credits depending upon which option you choose to study. For each 20 credit module, the assessments are weighted at 4000 words or equivalent. Assessments include written essays/reports, critical reflections, case studies, and oral presentations.

The final stage research modules are assessed through the production of a research plan or proposal followed by a substantive dissertation/project in which the proposed research is carried out. All assessments focus on your ability to progress and integrate theory and practice enabling you to demonstrate the fulfilment of the module learning outcomes and are based on the postgraduate criteria for assessment.

What can I do next?

Enhancing your knowledge and understanding could contribute to your career progression and evidence that you are advancing practice according with professional skills frameworks. In addition, the skills you gain will enable you to write for professional journals and/or present at conferences, sharing best practice and raising your professional profile. Your postgraduate qualification could also help you to stand out in an increasingly competitive employment market, supporting you to consider senior, specialist or advanced roles within the health and social care arena, the independent and voluntary sector or education.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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The MSc in Health and Wellbeing is designed for people who are currently working, or wishing to work in a role which involves promoting others' health and wellbeing, either in specific settings, for specific health issues or at policy and framework level. Read more
The MSc in Health and Wellbeing is designed for people who are currently working, or wishing to work in a role which involves promoting others' health and wellbeing, either in specific settings, for specific health issues or at policy and framework level. The course aims to develop students' ability to critically analyse and interpret contemporary health and wellbeing issues, to formulate and evaluate appropriate responses, and to bring in national and international perspectives.

Using current research, students' will apply their learning to their practical work context to contribute towards the development of their workplace practice. The course will also be particularly useful for people who are involved in working with the Health and Wellbeing Boards across the country, and for people whose roles are working alongside Public Health England.

Benefits of Health and Wellbeing

- Blended learning approach enables study whilst working.
- Offers a range of options so that study can be tailored towards areas of professional or academic interest.
- Two intensive weekends per year to meet fellow students, the course team and begin the modules.
- Distance learning and study support – study when and where you are able
- Build your ability to critically evaluate health and wellbeing interventions, policies and strategies, and build on this to improve work practice

Graduate Destinations

Graduates from this MSc will have the skills and knowledge to enhance their existing careers to incorporate greater responsibility for Health and Wellbeing, will be prepared for further advance study and could consider a range of roles including, but not limited to:
- Health Promotion specialist
- Public Health Officer
- Workplace Wellbeing Co-ordinator
- Further education lecturer

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The aim of the MSc in Nursing - Child Health and Wellbeing is to provide a solid academic base to the understanding and development of nursing practice in the area of child health and illness. Read more
The aim of the MSc in Nursing - Child Health and Wellbeing is to provide a solid academic base to the understanding and development of nursing practice in the area of child health and illness. The strand will strengthen and develop the knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes of the participants, thus enabling them to fulfill their highest potential in the personal, professional and practice arena of children's health. The strand will provide advanced study in research methods, the theoretical and practical aspects of management, clinical practice and leadership and child health perspectives as well as contemporary issues in child health and wellbeing. It is anticipated that graduates of this strand, in applying their learning, will be enabled to promote and develop excellence in children's illness, child health and wellbeing in primary, secondary and tertiary health care services.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Identify and critically analyse alternative philosophies, perspectives and approaches that inform best practice in children's health and wellbeing
Discuss the national and international context of child health and wellbeing
Identify and discuss the contemporary challenges in health and wellbeing for children within an Irish context
Critically discuss the development and delivery of high quality effective services to promote the physical, social, financial and emotional needs of children and their families
Utilise their professional expertise care provision for children and their families through the application of enhanced knowledge, reflective skills and research-based evidence
Differentiate the distinct contribution of team members in an interprofessional models of care including ambulatory and community care delivery to children and their families
Critically appraise research evidence underpinning child health and wellbeing practices and theoretical frameworks
Identify, plan, design and undertake a research study relevant to your area of practice
Identify, lead, conduct, disseminate and evaluate research which advances excellence in children's health care practice in local, national/international contexts
Contribute to local, national and international policy development and its translation into practice.

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Course overview. This innovative MSc provides an excellent grounding in public health, health promotion and wellbeing. It provides a career-relevant range of modules and assessment methods in a stimulating learning environment. Read more

Course overview

This innovative MSc provides an excellent grounding in public health, health promotion and wellbeing.

It provides a career-relevant range of modules and assessment methods in a stimulating learning environment. It has supportive lecturers who have real-world experience of working in UK and international public health.

This course provides a fascinating and well-balanced programme of study.

You will take a variety of interesting and engaging modules. 

It is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in public health and wellbeing with a focus on individuals and communities.

The course is suitable for:

  • graduates of all disciplines
  • those planning to work in public health, health promotion and wellbeing 
  • individuals who have a public health and health promotion remit within their current role. 

Why choose this course?

This innovate course provides you with a supportive and enjoyable learning environment in which to pursue your passion for improving public health and wellbeing. Through this course you will have the opportunity to:

  • learn about the issues that affect health and gain essential knowledge and skills necessary to plan, deliver and evaluate innovative health promotion interventions
  • strengthen your management and leadership skills, which are essential for working in a public health role.

Students from a wide variety of backgrounds are very welcome:

  • general nurses
  • mental health nurses
  • midwifes
  • people involved in the health and fitness industry
  • people working with local authorities
  • sexual health workers
  • voluntary workers
  • youth workers

and many more.

Modules

You will study two modules per semester. There are two semesters in one academic year.

Teaching takes place on a Friday at Paragon House, Brentford. 

You will start your first semester with the core module: 

  • Public Health Perspectives (20 credits)

And another second core (20 credit) module from:

  • Public Health Policy
  • Measuring Public Health and Wellbeing
  • Leadership for Public Health and Wellbeing

Career and study progression

Public health and wellbeing is a field that has relevance for a range of

employers including:

  • health care services (including NHS)
  • local authorities
  • government agencies (including Public Health England)
  • the voluntary sector (including health charities).

It can also lead to opportunities in other fields such as: 

  • urban planning and development
  • marketing and media work
  • business management
  • environmental and public health consulting
  • health education training in the UK and internationally.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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The MSc / MA Health and Wellbeing ‘Top Up’ course is designed to allow you to ‘top up’ your existing Post-graduate Diploma qualification (or equivalent) in any health, welfare or social care related subject to a full master’s qualification. Read more

The MSc / MA Health and Wellbeing ‘Top Up’ course is designed to allow you to ‘top up’ your existing Post-graduate Diploma qualification (or equivalent) in any health, welfare or social care related subject to a full master’s qualification. This will be achieved by you producing a 60 credit independent study in one of three options.

  1. A research dissertation.
  2. An evidence based practice module containing two summative assessments, usually of relevance to your current workplace – which runs in October each year.
  3. A consultancy report, usually of relevance to your current workplace.

Whichever option you choose this module will consist of an independent project designed, planned and carried out by yourself and written up in a minimum of 15,000 and a maximum of 20,000 words. You will be provided with appropriate individual supervision to support your independent study.

You will complete your Master’s level education in the concepts, theories and academic skills of relevance to your work arena or chosen career path. The course caters for both students who are currently working in the health, welfare or social care fields and for students who are not currently working in these fields but hope to enhance their post-graduate skills and knowledge in order to take up such employment. The course aims to offer a flexible approach to the topic chosen for your independent study, will foster independence and responsibility in taking control of your own learning and professional development needs, and build on your existing knowledge and experience.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course aims to meet professional development needs in the health, welfare and social care sectors, which are undergoing significant transformation and change.

  • A friendly, helpful and student-focused team of academic and administrative staff.
  • The programme is delivered by subject specialists who are involved in significant advisory roles and research within health and social care locally, regionally and nationally, and who participate in national communities of practice, developing and sharing expertise across the UK.
  • Links and knowledge from local, national and international research initiatives undertaken in the Institute of Health Professions and the wider University research institutions.
  • You will be able to choose whether you receive an MSc or an MA in Health and Wellbeing.

The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit http://www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures

Career path

Many students will choose this course because they are already working in the health, welfare and/or social care fields. Gaining this award will enhance their professional development and promotion prospects.

Many of our students go on to achieve new posts as a result of their studies. Often this happens during their course not only after completion. Participating in academic study at any level will encourage analysis and criticality and hence will improve the opportunity for promotion and advancement. Successful completion of an academic qualification will facilitate students in providing a justification for progression through the skills escalator and will often act as a catalyst to enable the student to pass through the band gateways. Some Masters level students have used the findings from their independent research studies to make recommendations which they have gone on to implement at work.

Other students may choose this course because they wish to move into the health arena. Our past Masters students have taken posts as public or voluntary service administrators, managers and researchers and as teachers or researchers in Further and Higher Education Institutions.

All students will be able to focus on their particular research interests in their independent research studies. This course allows students to pursue these interests in depth, to engage with current research and to carry out their own, high quality, research studies.

On completion of your Masters degree you can now progress to a Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing, within our Institute of Health Professions.

What skills will you gain?

  1. Use initiative and take responsibility in order to learn independently and solve problems in creative, original and innovative ways.
  2. Demonstrate a range of transferable academic and professional skills appropriate to a career in health, welfare and / or social care such as: production of an e-portfolio within the dissertation module; interpretation, critical analysis and synthesis of a range of qualitative and quantitative evidence; appropriate use of software data packages, statistical and other analytic methods.
  3. Demonstrate Master’s level skills in the critical appraisal of research methods and research design in the production of a substantial piece of academic or professional research in a selected area of health, welfare and / or social care.
  4. Produce a clearly written and presented independent study including appropriate use of academic conventions and coherently structured arguments, evaluation and evidence.


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Summary. This postgraduate programme in Health and Wellbeing aims to develop highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates from the health and social care professions. Read more

Summary

This postgraduate programme in Health and Wellbeing aims to develop highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates from the health and social care professions. It extends the knowledge base necessary for practitioners to function at an advanced level and t o develop into expert or advanced practitioners within their particular area of expertise. There is an emphasis on the application of knowledge to practice and the development of leadership skills.

About

This programme leads to the academic awards of PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Health and Wellbeing. Students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Wellbeing after completing 60 credits or with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Wellbeing after completing 120 credits.

For the Postgraduate Diploma there are two 30 credit compulsory modules (Health and Wellbeing: Challenges and Controversies and Advanced Research Methods), Students may then decide to study a suite of optional ‘generic’ modules in Applied Healthcare Ethics, Professional Decision-making and Accountability, Therapeutic Communication Skills and Leadership in Professional practice to the value of 60 credits or, alternatively opt to study modules within of the following subject specific 60 credit pathways: Neuroscience, Case management, Diabetes Care, Stroke Care, Urology, Continence, Stoma Care or Forensic Healthcare. For the award of the Master’s degree in Health and Wellbeing a further 60 credits must be completed in the form of the master’s dissertation project.

Career options

This degree covers a broad range of healthcare issues allowing for careers in health and social care, education, leisure and health promotion and management.



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The impact of buildings and indoor environments on the health and wellbeing of occupants is an important design factor, particularly in the areas of architecture, interior design and product design. Read more

The impact of buildings and indoor environments on the health and wellbeing of occupants is an important design factor, particularly in the areas of architecture, interior design and product design. Solent’s innovative new master’s programme offers a postgraduate learning experience enabling you to expand and develop your intellectual and creative approaches to design for health and wellbeing.

The need for spaces, buildings and interior products to create a positive environment for occupants is increasing. This offers an opportunity for a new generation of designers specialising in design for health and wellbeing. Solent’s MA Design for Health and Wellbeing also offers a platform for progression to employment in the design, healthcare consultancy or related fields.

The curriculum combines theory and practical elements, based on core areas of design, science and functionality to enhance immediate surroundings. The course also considers wellbeing in the broader context. This allows you to focus on designing buildings, solutions and spaces for occupants’ health in many environments. This can not only improve rehabilitation rates, but also improve productivity of workers.

Solent has a long history of delivering professionally-accredited built environment and architectural-related courses. You’ll learn from a team of lecturers with extensive knowledge of architecture, interior design and the built environment.

What does this course lead to?

Designing for health and wellbeing is a fast growing area, with potential employment in small, medium, and large companies. Graduates from this course will be well-placed to pursue roles as building designers; or interior, product and material/fabric designers. Roles such as manager/coordinator in architectural and construction organisations, leading the production of collaborative projects would also be suitable. 

Who is this course for?

The programme is primarily aimed at graduates from an interior, architectural, or product background. However, it will also be of relevance to retail, exhibition, graphics, furniture, textiles or fine art graduates who are interested in developing their practice in the context of existing or new spaces and structures. 

What you will study

Year one

Core units

  • Design for Health and Wellbeing
  • Visual Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Usability
  • Integrated Project

Optional units

Pick two from:

  • Design specifications
  • or
  • Work-Based Project Design

and

  • Research Dissertation
  • or
  • Design Project

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Your future

Graduates from this course will be well-placed to pursue roles as building designers; or interior, product and material/fabric designers. Roles such as manager/coordinator in architectural and construction organisations, leading the production of collaborative projects would also be suitable.

Industry links

Students on this course will benefit from the extensive links staff have established with industry, based on many years of delivering professionally accredited courses (eg, CIAT, SBID). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment regularly contribute to the academic process through providing real-world based projects, guest lectures, and site visits. They also work with students in small informal settings during seminars and mentoring sessions. 



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The MA Health and Wellbeing is designed to meet the career development needs of health and social care professionals in the UK. Read more
The MA Health and Wellbeing is designed to meet the career development needs of health and social care professionals in the UK.

The course will increase your awareness of the social, technological, economic, political and environmental changes taking place within health and social care, whether in the public, private or voluntary sectors, enabling you to take your career to the next stage.

You will study core modules in the development of national and international health and social care policy, the influence of sociology, psychology and ethics on our understanding of health and wellbeing, the issues of health and social care provision in remote and rural areas as well as gaining skills in research methods.

Special Features

Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

The course is part time delivered online which means you can fit your studies around your work and personal committments wherever you are in the world

The course content contributes to the development of the core dimensions in the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF): communication; personal and people development; health, safety and security; service improvement; quality; and equality and diversity

You will also have the opportunity to study modules in more specialised areas, such as child and adolescent mental health, diabetes, infomatics in health and social care, and patient safety in health and social care environments.

Lews Castle College UHI are registering with Embedding Clinincal Informatics in Education (eICE) to deliver CPD Informatics training for staff working in a Clinical setting or students who aim to be working in a Clinical setting within Primary, Secondary or Health and Social care agencies.

Successful candidates will be entitled to affiliate registration with UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP)

Students are encouraged to undertake research in relation to their specific interest or in relation to their employment for the dissertation module.

Students can complete the university’s Skills and Employability Award where by you gain recognition (not academic credit) for a range of activities you take part in addition to your studies to help you stand out from the crowd and demonstrate the skills you have, prepare for a real interview and impress prospective employers.

Modules

PgCert

Core modules are: Policy into practice; Individual and social influences on health; You will also choose from an option module from the list below in the PgDip option modules

PgDip

If you wish to progress to the MA, the core modules are: Challenges and Practice Solutions in Remote and Rural Areas; Qualitative Inquiry; You will also choose one option from the list below.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to continue to Masters level you can study the first core module and two options from the list below.
Option modules include: Advanced Diabetes; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Developing Communities; Disability and Society; Enabling Self-Management: Developing Practice; Enabling Self-Management: Leading Change; Ethics in Health and Wellbeing; Informatics in Health and Social Care; Introduction to Patient Safety in Integrated Health and Social Care Environment

MA

To achieve the award of MA Health and Wellbeing you must complete a research dissertation

Locations

This course is available Online supported by Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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This unique master’s course. , from one of the UK's largest universities, has been directly tailored to address the urgent need to confront sustainability issues related to health, wellbeing and healthcare provision. Read more

This unique master’s course, from one of the UK's largest universities, has been directly tailored to address the urgent need to confront sustainability issues related to health, wellbeing and healthcare provision. Delivery is via e-learning with live interactive sessions, so that study can be undertaken entirely from your own home.

Sustainability, health and wellbeing are global issues. Every nation is facing grand challenges and many of these have a shared foundation. Climate change is broadly recognised as the biggest global health threat. Together with other factors such as an increasingly aging population, multimorbidity, disability, microbial resistance, depleting resources and issues related to wide scale health and wealth inequality, the challenges facing global health are substantial.

This course seeks to explore the shared global challenges, as well as those being specific to individual regions, and hence be applicable to public health and healthcare personnel around the world. It has been designed to meet the needs of those holding strategic positions within organisations as well as individual public health and healthcare workers who wish learn more about how to enhance sustainability, health and wellbeing.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

YEAR 1

3 core modules (compulsory)

  • MY4201 Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • MY4202 Principles of Sustainability (20 credits)
  • NU4025 Introduction to Postgraduate Research (20 credits)

YEAR 2

1 core double module 

  • MY4000 Connecting Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing (40 credits)

Plus 1 option single module* (20 credits each) Choice from:

  • NU4086 Applying Methods in Health Research
  • HP4006 Research, Ethics and Governance
  • PG4114 Healthy and Sustainable Settings: Theory, Policy and Practice
  • MW4036 Organisational Leadership and Management
  • XS4031 International Food law
  • HP4007 Student Initiated Module

YEAR 3

1 core double module 

  • PG4115 Applied Health Project

Plus 1 option single module with same choices as above for Year 2*.

*The availability of the option modules may vary depending on student numbers and staff availability.

WORK EXPERIENCE AND OPPORTUNITIES

It is anticipated that people will have a variety of reasons for wishing to undertake this course of study. Some may work within the health and social care sectors and be taking this course to help them with implementation of sustainability principles in the work place.

Others may be more interested in research and may wish to pursue further studies through PhD. It is possible for students, after successful completion of this course, to apply for the Professional Doctorate in Health (PrD), which confers the title Dr on completion of extended original research on their chosen topic.

The optional modules allow for the differing needs of individuals to be met through differing pathways. For example, a person wishing to pursue a career in research may opt for two additional modules in research, whereas a person who has, or is aiming for, a position of responsibility within an organisation or community may benefit from the optional modules in Leadership and Healthy and Sustainable Settings.

All students are counselled about their choice of optional modules.



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Mental health has been described by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, as "one of the greatest challenges of our time". This course will ensure you can promote positive mental health and wellbeing and help to prevent mental illness in children and young people in schools. Read more

Mental health has been described by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, as "one of the greatest challenges of our time". This course will ensure you can promote positive mental health and wellbeing and help to prevent mental illness in children and young people in schools.

Working alongside fellow teachers, you will gain an understanding of the evidence of effective whole school mental health and be able to apply this to your role as a school leader. You will learn how to recognise issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, so that you can take early steps to improve the mental health of the children in your care, developing sophisticated and original interventions to build their resilience and nurture appropriate coping mechanisms. You will provide an inclusive and enabling environment where every student's mental health can be supported and strengthened.

The course will adopt a multidisciplinary, whole systems approach to the improvement of mental health and wellbeing. You will draw on expertise from child therapy, education psychology, mental health nursing, school leadership and teaching, and you will develop the knowledge, confidence, independence and leadership skills to be able to provide effective mental health support for all your students.

Self-aware and a reflective practitioner, you will confidently lead on best practice in the support and promotion of student resilience and mental health across your community.

Course Benefits

You will develop best practice when it comes to devising and leading on effective whole school mental health and wellbeing strategies as well as targeted interventions. Your expertise will support pupils, your teaching colleagues and the school's leadership team.

Recent evidence has also shown that promoting positive mental health reduces behavioural problems and produces an array of positive outcomes, including improved attitudes to learning and better attendance and lower exclusion rates.

You will have access to expertise within the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, which aims to strengthen the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education systems, thereby improving outcomes and life chances of children and young people.

PG Cert

Core modules

  • A Whole School Approach to Mental Health A
  • A Whole School Approach to Mental Health B
  • Leading Student Resilience Across the School

MA

Year 1 core modules

  • A Whole School Approach to Mental Health A
  • A Whole School Approach to Mental Health B
  • Evaluating Global Perspectives on Mental Health in School
  • Leading Student Resilience Across the School

Year 2 core modules

  • Working with Local Mental Health Support Agencies
  • Critical Case Review
  • Major Independent Study

Job prospects

Aimed at designated senior leaders for mental health, this course will allow you to gain key leadership and management skills and increased mental health understanding to provide the best possible support for children and to set you apart in ever-changing educational settings. Developing best practices in mental health could help you raise your profile and secure a promotion to a senior leadership position within your school or at a multi-academy trust.

  • Head teacher
  • Pre-School Teacher
  • Special educational needs coordinator
  • Inclusion manager


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MSc in Psychology of Health & Well Being. The MSc in Psychology of Health & Wellbeing is designed to prepare psychology graduates for the next stage of their career relating to health and wellbeing – whether in an academic or applied setting. . Read more

MSc in Psychology of Health & Well Being

The MSc in Psychology of Health & Wellbeing is designed to prepare psychology graduates for the next stage of their career relating to health and wellbeing – whether in an academic or applied setting. 

Keele has a vibrant, well-established and ever-expanding community of researchers in the psychology of health and wellbeing. Students will benefit from their expertise across a wide range of areas including health promotion, health literacy, women’s health, ageing,positive psychology and wellbeing. Staff additionally have expertise in community health psychology, including community-based health promotion for marginalized groups and exploring the benefits of the arts for health and wellbeing. As part of this course students will also have the exciting opportunity to undertake some work experience within a health-related organisation in the local community. Career Destinations

Many of our MSc graduates go on to take up positions in the workplace, register for professional health psychology training or a PhD in psychology.

Course Aims

The MSc in Psychology of Health & Wellbeing is designed to prepare psychology graduates for the next stage of their career relating to health and wellbeing – whether in an academic or applied setting. 

The course aims to:

  • Advance your knowledge and understanding of key concepts, research and practice on the psychology of health and wellbeing;
  • Enable you to understand the plurality of research methods underpinning the psychology of health and wellbeing and apply these to different research situations;
  • Develop a critical awareness of current issues and new insights in the psychology of health and wellbeing;
  • Develop an understanding of how academic knowledge can usefully be applied to a health-related organisational setting. 

Course Content

Our MSc Psychology programmes are designed to foster a vibrant and collaborative peer culture amongst our MSc students. Several of our modules are shared by all four of our MSc psychology programmes. We also know it’s vital that you develop the advanced specialised skills you will need to pursue careers in your chosen fields. Throughout your MSc degree you are supported and encouraged to focus your work to help you conduct in-depth explorations of your specialist subjects and personal interests.

You will undertake a double weighted Advanced Study module in The Psychology of Health and Wellbeing (30 credits).

Using a guided independent learning approach, this module aims to deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of key concepts, theories and research evidence on the psychology of health and wellbeing and to develop their critical awareness of current issues and new insights in this area of psychological research. In addition, students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain valuable experience by undertaking some work within a health-related organisation in the local community.

All MSc Psychology undertake the following core modules designed to help you engage with the pluralistic nature of psychology and understand the broader field within which your specialised interest sits:

  • Contemporary Research in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Research Skills and Design (15 credits)
  • Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Research Apprenticeship in Psychology (15 credits)

In addition to the core modules all students can tailor their research methods training to suit their needs and interests by choosing one of the following option modules:

  • Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience Research Methods (15 credits)

Research is a key emphasis in our programmes and you will be supported by a specialist tutor in your chosen field to undertake original research as part of the Research Preparation (15 credits) and Dissertation (60 credits) modules.

For example, previous students have completed research on topics such as: motivations and barriers to participating in happiness-enhancing activities, the impact of arts interventions on the wellbeing of older adults and displays of compliance by clients in counseling sessions. 

Teaching & Assessment

Each module has different prescribed learning activities, including formal lectures and seminars, discussions and consultation with staff. You should expect some lively debates and interesting discussions. Please be aware that you will be expected to contribute to the programme, in the form of advance reading (of which there is a substantial amount), preparing presentations and contributing to discussions in seminars, and bringing your own ideas to bear on the teaching material.

The programme is assessed through a range of formats including:

  • Blog portfolios
  • Personal skills audits
  • Research Critiques
  • Lab Reports
  • Unseen exams and class tests
  • Verbal presentations
  • Independent research written up as a dissertation.

Full time and part time students all study together for the taught/seminar/class discussion elements of the programmes, but in certain modules part-time students have more extended deadlines to enable them to complete work without placing too much burden on them. Attendance is compulsory at all teaching sessions.

In order to obtain an MSc degree, every student is required to obtain 180 M level credits:

  • Full time students complete the course in 1 year (51 weeks). In order to obtain an MSc degree, students are required to obtain 180 M level credits, including a 60-credit dissertation.
  • Part time students complete the course in 2 years (103 weeks), taking 90 credits in each year.

A Postgraduate Certificate is available for students who have completed 60 credits of their programme and a Postgraduate Diploma is available for students who have completed 120 credits of their programme. There are no restrictions on which modules need to be passed.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme. Limited support is available for research-related expenses.

Scholarships

There are substantial scholarships available, please see this link: http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/

or

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

Closing Date

31st May 2018



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This collaborative, interdisciplinary pathway brings together key academics within the South West Doctoral Training Partnership whose research and teaching strengths are in the broad area of health and wellbeing - in particular, lifestyle behaviours and public health. Read more
This collaborative, interdisciplinary pathway brings together key academics within the South West Doctoral Training Partnership whose research and teaching strengths are in the broad area of health and wellbeing - in particular, lifestyle behaviours and public health.

Students on this pathway acquire a range of skills to develop and evaluate interventions and strategies to improve health behaviour. Your work will make a major impact on our understanding of the social science that underpins avoidable health problems, and will build research capacity at the interface of biomedical and social sciences, both within and beyond academia.

Programme structure

Core units
-Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design
-Contemporary Debates in Lifestyle Behaviours and Public Health
-Introduction to Qualitative Research
-Introduction to Quantitative Research

Optional units -These can be taken at either Bristol, Bath or Exeter. Units offered at Bristol can vary from year to year but may include:
-Researching Health and Social Care
-Further Qualitative Methods
-Researching Child and Family Welfare
-Physical Activity, Disease and Public Health
-Nutrition, Disease and Public Health
-Determinants of Physical Activity and Eating Behaviour
-Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions: Conceptualisation and Design
-Inclusive Research with Disabled People
-Psychological Statistics and research tools
-Neuropsychological analysis tools
-Nutrition and behaviour
-Neuropsychiatry
-Social psychology and Individual Differences

Units can also be selected from outside of the School for Policy Studies, subject to topic relevance, the timetable and availability. Please see the SWDTP Health and Wellbeing web page for more information about the units offered by the Universities of Bath and Exeter.

Dissertation
Over the summer you will complete a research-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words, individually supervised by a member of staff from one of the centres in the school.

Careers

The MRes in Health and Wellbeing offers useful preparation for a number of careers. Foremost, the MRes is the academic basis and preparation for students choosing the 1+3 programme (the first year is the MRes and the +3 the PhD programme).

The MRes emphasises ESRC-accredited research methods training, the ability to plan, research and write a sophisticated dissertation, and the ability to think in broad theoretical and interdisciplinary terms about challenging issues. These provide an ideal introduction to academic research.

After achieving the MRes, our students go on to employment in a range of careers that touch on areas of government policy and health promotion at local, national and international level, while other students have continued within academic careers, taking up doctoral positions and research associate positions in UK and international universities.

The programme also establishes a sound research training base, along with practical applications, which gives our students a competitive edge for different types of employment, including research, policy and intervention implementation.

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All applicants will be required to present a portfolio of their work and will be interviewed by teaching staff. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Read more
All applicants will be required to present a portfolio of their work and will be interviewed by teaching staff. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

One of two strands of enquiry in arts practice at masters level (the other beting Arts Practice, Fine Art) the MA Arts Practice (Arts, Health and Wellbeing) course offers students the opportunity to explore their own art practice or to take an outward facing approach, in partnership with others. Students of the course develop the skills to evaluate, critique and implement methodologies, gaining the ability to articulate sound arguments relevant to their practice.

Graduates exploring the role of the Arts in realising health and wellbeing focus on the value of the arts in community engagement and also its impact on the environment. They make a significant contribution to the advancement of Arts in Health within Wales and further afield.

The broad and interdisciplinary nature ensures that our course reflects the diversity of activity and interest in this dynamic field.

The role of the arts in health and well-being is widely recognised and valued. The MA Arts Practice (Arts, Health and Wellbeing) course will be of interest to artists, arts or health managers, community workers and teachers, plus those with an interest in the relationship between arts and health. It aims to support and develop innovative practice and research in this vibrant and expanding sector, so you will be encouraged to engage in creative dialogue,collaboration and interdisciplinary working

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/940-ma-arts-practice-art-health-and-wellbeing

What you will study

The MA Art Practice course runs over two calendar years if you choose part-time study, or one calendar year for full-time study:

Part One
- Critical Studies in the Arts (20 credits)
Learn about systems of enquiry, how to understand and engage with objects and issues that affect your particular domain

- Arts Practice 1 (40 credits)
Develop your skills in your chosen discipline, challenging genre and context to develop an original body of work in either a studio context or placement.

Please note: For students studying part-time the above modules will be undertaken between October – June during your first year.

Part Two
- Arts Praxis (40 credits)
Refine and build upon your line of enquiry, develop new skills, producing a body of work within a studio context or placement which demonstrates complexity of understanding.

- Professional Practice in the Arts (20 credits)
Explore entrepreneurial, marketing and management aspects of contemporary practice within a framework of social, political, economic and cultural responsibility

- Major Arts Project (60 credits)
Complete a detailed project demonstrating praxis; an area of research and practice relevant to your concerns, utilising research methods appropriate for an arts scholar and an appropriate means of presentation.

Please note: For students studying part-time the above modules will be undertaken between October – September during your second year.

Learning and teaching methods

The MA Art Practice course is delivered using specialist facilities in our post-graduate studios which are available seven days a week. The MA Art Practice course makes use of lectures, guest speakers, workshops, demonstrations and tutorials, field trips and visits (additional costs will apply for field trips and visits). Contact time will include weekly workshops or seminars, and regular group and individual tutorials. You will also be expected to develop your area of practice independently.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The course acknowledges the value of experience and partnerships to enable employability. A key element of the course involves establishing partnerships, internships, residencies and placements with arts organisations and galleries, NHS Trusts, social services, charitable trusts, schools, colleges, care homes and commercial companies to develop these. The course also develops your professional skills and positions your practice within critical and contextual frameworks.

You will have the opportunity to develop your practice and gain experience in the field through practical placements, mentoring and live projects matched to your needs whilst benefiting from specialist facilities and expertise to extend your skill sets.

Graduates can progress to careers in academia, arts administration, artists in residence, arts education, arts and disability, community arts, commissioned works, gallery administration and curatorship, health sector management, public art, studio practice, social services, and youth work.

Assessment methods

You will usually have to complete coursework as you progress, and normally sit exams at the end of each academic year.

Facilities

Practical facilities available to students include an MA base room, computer lab with software for digital imaging and film editing, printmaking studio, ceramics, casting, wood and metal workshops, photographic darkroom and studio.

Learning resources include the campus library, access to online journals and research.

Teaching

Our MA Art Practice staff are actively engaged in research, they embody a high level of knowledge, expertise and professional experience across a range of arts practices. Students on this course will benefit from interdisciplinary teaching delivered by a teaching team with extensive experience in exhibiting; project management; project realisation and practice within the public realm, NHS and community contexts.

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Overview. The Workplace Health and Wellbeing programme is designed for those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in leadership on the management of contemporary workplace health and wellbeing. Read more

Overview

The Workplace Health and Wellbeing programme is designed for those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in leadership on the management of contemporary workplace health and wellbeing. It is of interest to those who aspire to ensure that organisations' activities are underpinned by a strong corporate focus on employee health and wellbeing.

This course is studied on a part-time basis over two years and is designed to fit around work and domestic responsibilities. It can be studied from anywhere in the world; currently the course has students studying from as far afield as Azerbaijan and New Zealand.

Teaching and learning

Key features of the programme:

  • Part time, e-learning (5 modules) and 3-day intensive seminars (3 modules) over two years
  • Study when and where is convenient to you, at a pace that suits you
  • A prestigious, multi-disciplinary line-up of expert speakers
  • An active network of past and present students
  • Telephone, video and online support from tutors and a dedicated technical adviser
  • Course materials provided online; interactivity in learning – no ploughing through textbooks
  • No exams!
  • Considers state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and implications for practice
  • An extensive choice of essay topics on many modules, thereby ensuring a focus on topics of personal and professional interest
  • The potential to improve health and performance in your organisation

The programme provides an individual and organisational (non-clinical) perspective on health, attitudes and behaviour change; attendance management; rehabilitation; the business case for workplace health; health legislation, policy, and guidance; organisational research skills; the prevention and control of work-related stress; working hours; workforce diversity, and many more.



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