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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 (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/fundedcentres/swdtc/) - a hub of world-class social science research. The MRes also forms the first year of a collaborative 1+3 (MRes + MPhil/PhD) pathway, which includes further collaborative elements with all three institutions; read details of the MPhil/PhD Health and Wellbeing.(http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/sport/healthwellbeing/)

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) and 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 way we support people with mental health difficulties is changing. A new agenda is emerging, focused firmly on recovery, enablement, reducing premature death, improving care and working in an integrated way to make a real difference to people’s lives. Read more
The way we support people with mental health difficulties is changing. A new agenda is emerging, focused firmly on recovery, enablement, reducing premature death, improving care and working in an integrated way to make a real difference to people’s lives. At the University of Hertfordshire, we’ve created our MSc Mental Health and Wellbeing as a direct response and a real opportunity to be part of the change.

Whether you’re working, or hoping to work, in mental health, general health, psychology, social care or education, this Master’s will help you develop the skills and strategies to improve care, develop professionally and accelerate your career. We also strongly encourage applications from service users, families and carers who would like to advance their understanding of mental health.

We’ve brought together acclaimed academics, front-line practitioners, carers and service users to create a course informed by real-life experiences and challenges. Throughout, it emphasises wellbeing, personalised care, enablement, safeguarding and strengths-based approaches, giving you the opportunity to address complex issues and make sound, research-informed decisions.

You’ll develop a systematic understanding of contemporary mental health knowledge, a critical awareness of emerging issues and the tools you need to champion transformational change. It’s a chance to demonstrate originality, initiative, leadership and self reflection, as well as a high level of personal and professional responsibility.

There’s also a real focus on working together across disciplines to provide better care. This MSc is part of our innovative programme of postgraduate wellbeing courses and has strong links to the three other strands: social practice, intellectual and developmental disabilities and children and young people’s health and wellbeing.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn alongside students on these other pathways, gaining insights into current thinking and practice. This encourages an interconnected, integrated approach to caring for people with mental health difficulties – something that’s now seen as pivotal to making positive change in these diverse, demanding and often debilitating conditions.

Course structure

Here at Hertfordshire, you can study for your MSc in Mental Health and Wellbeing part time, on a modular basis. This flexibility makes it a great choice if you’re fitting your studies around your career and other commitments.

Most of our students complete their MSc in two to six years, but there are opportunities to finish earlier, with alternative qualifications:
-Postgraduate Certificate in Wellbeing: 60 completed credits
-Postgraduate Diploma in Wellbeing: 120 completed credits
-MSc Mental Health and Wellbeing: 180 completed credits

Why choose this course?

-Be part of a positive step change in mental health care, support and treatment
-Accelerate your career, demonstrate your strengths and develop integrated, multidisciplinary working practices
-Build a critical awareness of current knowledge and emerging issues, informing your practice and opening up research opportunities
-Shape a highly respected Master’s degree around your own career interests and ambitions
-Learn part time, at a pace that suits you, with the full support of our academic team

Careers

On this relevant, results-focused Master’s, you’ll develop a strong understanding of modern mental health issues, the ability to critically analyse the current evidence base and the confidence to make well-informed decisions that improve people’s lives.
Your new knowledge and skills will make you a hugely valuable asset to any organisation involved in supporting people with mental health difficulties, opening up new opportunities across healthcare, social care and education.

If you’re already working in mental health, it’s an outstanding professional development opportunity and if you’re new to this field it’s a great introduction. You may also decide to continue your studies at PhD level, conducting new research into evolving mental health care challenges and responses.

Teaching methods

Our MSc in Mental Health and Wellbeing is run by a supportive, inspiring academic team here at the University of Hertfordshire. They’ve collaborated extensively with service users and carers to create an incredibly relevant, interesting course that addresses real-world needs.

You’ll learn through lectures, tutorials and masterclasses, as well as flipped classroom approaches, which see you preparing for each session online so your classroom experience can be more interactive and dynamic. We also run sessions in high-tech exemplar classrooms where you’ll be able to learn about integrated working through practical group exercises.

Every core module on the course includes independent study, as well as scheduled online learning, which you’ll do through our StudyNet learning portal. StudyNet’s a supportive online environment that lets you can access your course materials, contact your tutors, debate ideas on discussion boards and work with your peers whenever and wherever you like.

You’ll also be able to use our attractive, on-campus Learning Resources Centres 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They have extensive collections of recommended and related books, journals and digital resources, as well as around 1,200 computers and a team of expert advisors who can help you find what you need.

Structure

Modules
-Applied Health and Social Care Law
-Best Interests Assessor
-Concepts and Theories of Wellbeing
-Dissertation
-Educating the Dementia Workforce
-Integrated Working for Mental Health and Wellbeing
-Integrating Research with Professional Practice
-Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
-Leading Cultural Change in Dementia
-Psychopharmacology and Medicines Management
-Recovery Values and Practice for Mental Health and Wellbeing
-Safeguarding : Working with Risk and Opportunity
-Solution Focused Brief Therapy

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Our MSc in Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing is an innovative, contemporary course unique to the University of Hertfordshire. Read more
Our MSc in Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing is an innovative, contemporary course unique to the University of Hertfordshire. Relevant, wide-reaching and multidisciplinary, it equips you with the advanced skills and understanding to make a real difference to children and their families.

We’ve created this new Master’s degree to appeal to anyone working with children and young people, across a whole range of settings, from healthcare to home. Whether you’re a teacher, carer, parent, healthcare practitioner, early years professional, children’s centre worker, youth centre worker or safeguarding specialist, it’s a hugely rewarding development opportunity.

Studying for a Master’s with such an exciting breadth and multidisciplinary approach also gives you the chance to explore relevant disciplines directly affecting younger people. The course is part of the University’s programme of postgraduate wellbeing courses and has strong links to the three other strands: mental health, social practice and intellectual and developmental disability.

Throughout your course you’ll learn alongside students on these other pathways, gaining insights into current thinking and practice. This encourages an interconnected, integrated approach to children and young people’s needs – something that’s becoming an increasingly important part of the way we view and work with children, families and carers today.

Course Structure

Here at Hertfordshire, you can study for your MSc in Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing part time, on a modular basis. This flexibility makes it a great choice if you’re fitting your studies around your career and other commitments.

Most of our students complete their MSc in two to six years, but there are opportunities to finish earlier, with alternative qualifications:
-Postgraduate Certificate in Wellbeing: 60 completed credits
-Postgraduate Diploma in Wellbeing: 120 completed credits
-MSc Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing: 180 completed credits

Why choose this course?

-Take a unique, highly relevant Master’s degree that develops you professionally, personally, intellectually and academically
-Tackle a subject of growing global importance and make a real difference to children, young people, families and carers
-Advance your career, whether you’re working in healthcare, education, childcare, children’s centres, youth centres or child-focused departments and agencies
-Gain valuable experience of inter-professional practice as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary student community

Careers

We’ve created this rewarding Hertfordshire Master’s to give you advanced skills, practical experience and powerful insights into the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

If you’re developing your existing career in healthcare, education, childcare, safeguarding or welfare, you’ll graduate with a respected, contemporary Master’s qualification and the experience you need to make real career progress. If you’re new to this field, your Master’s will open up career possibilities in all of these settings and demonstrate a real commitment to your specialism.

Teaching methods

Our inspiring academic team has a huge amount of academic and professional experience in children and young people’s health and wellbeing. Together, they’ll support you in developing a deeper knowledge of this rewarding subject, using a whole range of teaching methods.

You’ll learn through lectures, tutorials and masterclasses, as well as flipped classroom approaches, which see you preparing for each session online so your classroom experience can be more interactive and dynamic. We also run sessions in high-tech exemplar classrooms where you’ll be able to learn about integrated working through practical group exercises.

As part of your course you’ll study independently too, conducting research, studying online, watching videos and using discussion boards to debate ideas with fellow students. Through our StudyNet online learning portal, you can access your course materials, contact your tutors and work with your peers whenever and wherever you like.

You’ll also be able to use our attractive, on-campus Learning Resources Centres 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They have extensive collections of recommended and related books, journals and digital resources, as well as around 1,200 computers and a team of expert advisors who can help you find what you need.

Structure

Optional Modules
-Care and Assessment of the Acutely Ill Child
-Care and Assessment of the Acutely Ill Child
-Concepts and Theories of Wellbeing
-Dissertation
-Integrated Working for Children and Young Peoples Health and Wellbeing
-Integrating Research with Professional Practice
-Safeguarding : Working with Risk and Opportunity

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This exciting, contemporary course is at the forefront of innovative practice in putting people who use services at the heart of everything we do, and making no decisions about people without involving them. Read more

Why choose this course:

• This exciting, contemporary course is at the forefront of innovative practice in putting people who use services at the heart of everything we do, and making no decisions about people without involving them.

• This course examines the social determinants of health and wellbeing along with issues of inequality and social justice. A transformational approach is needed to work differently and change the relationship we have with people and communities. The focus must be on working with people, not just doing things to them.

• Drawing on the large body of research in mental health and wellbeing, this course will equip you as a critical thinker to lead on the front line. You'll also bring about the changes needed for an improved sense of individual mental health and wellbeing, and the effective functioning of our communities.

About the course:

If you are a practitioner wanting to develop expertise in improving the mental health and wellbeing of the people you work with, this course is for you. This visionary course will focus on the future of mental health and wellbeing through advancing practice and developing high quality health and social compassionate care. Mental health and wellbeing has been a focus for research and development over the last ten years and has been shown to improve the quality of people's lives, relationships and communities.

During this course you'll consider how the future of mental health can be enhanced through innovation. The focus on positive mental health practice and enhancing the service provided will develop your leadership skills to have a major effect on the creation of cultures for innovation, organisations and systems. You'll also focus on public mental health promotion and prevention and the social factors affecting wellbeing.

Throughout the course you'll develop your leadership skills by enhancing your knowledge in service improvement and innovation, enabling you to lead on developments within your organisation. Also, by completing the research aspect of this course, your practice will be informed and shaped through critical reflection and interpretation of research findings in your specialist field of practice.

Analysis of evidenced based interventions to enhance wellbeing in your own working context will be developed, and you'll also be taught by highly committed and experienced lecturers.

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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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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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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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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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The Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing welcomes expressions of interest in postgraduate research degrees in areas of study related to health and wellbeing. Read more
The Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing welcomes expressions of interest in postgraduate research degrees in areas of study related to health and wellbeing. The centre draws together expertise from across the University within an inter-disciplinary framework, and provides a vibrant and fertile environment for postgraduate research studies. We undertake research, evaluation and needs assessment into service user involvement, participation and innovation, 'hard to reach groups' and service improvement, drawing from areas such as sociology, social policy, leisure studies, nursing, physiotherapy, public health and many more.

We offer a number of research routes for those wishing to increase their research experience and develop their academic and professional profile. These include ‘traditional’ postgraduate programmes such as MPhil and PhD, as well as new routes to PhDs such as our PhD by Practice and PhD by Published Work (prospective and retrospective). We are also in the process of developing a Professional Doctorate in Health Research.

Available projects

Current and recent students include:

Alison – Health Services Management

Alison is an occupational therapist and NHS manager by background. Her research has been funded by a local PCT to develop a working model for world class commissioning. She spends three days a week in the PCT and two days a week in the University developing the academic framework for her studies.

Abdul – Social Policy

Abdul has been exploring questions and issues related to community cohesion. He has worked with members of a local Asian community and explored what some of the buzz-words around community cohesion mean to them. As a local Imam, Abdul is well-connected to the community within which he has undertaken his research and he has been able to gain insights into the experiences of those members of Asian communities that are often excluded from or mistrustful of other research studies.

Bimpe – Health Care

The University, in partnership with NHS Bolton and Bolton Council, is presently building a new Centre for Health and Wellbeing, known as Bolton One. Bolton One will provide a range of services to the people of Bolton, and Bimpe’s research project is focused on how service users’ views can be incorporated into this development. Bimpe has a masters in public health and a strong background of working with local community groups, including those from refugee and asylum seeker communities.

Susan - Physiotherapy

Sue is a clinical lead and consultant physiotherapist and is undertaking a PhD by Practice at the centre. During the course of her career, she has found that physiotherapists encounter patients who have a serious spinal pathology that has previously gone undiagnosed. Sue has worked to develop and identify case material and a schema of ‘red flags’ that can be used by professionals working in clinical settings.

Ana – Occupational Therapy

Ana is an occupational therapist by background and a teacher of ‘circle dance’. She is currently researching methods of meas

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This distinctive Masters degree is ideal if you work, or aspire to work, in the children and young people’s sector and/or in mental health. Read more
This distinctive Masters degree is ideal if you work, or aspire to work, in the children and young people’s sector and/or in mental health. Challenging current thinking and reflecting on how to deliver best practice will provide you with the skills and confidence to become a highly effective leader and change agent in child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing. The course offers a strong focus on the role of early intervention as a preventative measure, along with protecting and promoting lifelong mental health and wellbeing through the critical exploration of evidence-based literature and research. The programme is underpinned by key contemporary Government policy, guidelines and practice. It will equip you with research skills relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary clinical and social care practice contexts.

What will I study?

The programme begins by introducing the concepts of leadership and change management, while also examining the individual differences in mental health across the child and adolescent age span and exploring the value and efficacy of early interventions.

You will then focus on innovation in mental health with a particular focus on your own area of interest, while the importance of an integrated approach to mental health services will be emphasised and investigated.

A module focused on research methods will equip you with the skills required to complete a dissertation of a publishable standard in your chosen discipline.

How will I study?

The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, student-led seminars, tutorials and practical activities.

How will I be assessed?

Typical assessments will involve the writing of essays and reports. You will also be assessed through individual presentations.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

The research-active programme team has direct experience of working with children, young people, families and communities, including experience of working in the mental health sector and in child and adolescent mental health services.

Additional expertise will be provided by guest lecturers who will be invited to share their knowledge and experience of subjects such as eating disorders and therapeutic interventions.

The research interests of the programme team include the use of early interventions and parenting on the resilience of children, the use of sports in the development and enhancement of resilience in childhood, service quality provision and multiagency service provision.

What are my career prospects?

On successful completion of this programme, potential employment routes include pastoral support workers, special educational needs coordinators, children’s centre workers, youth workers, social care workers, teaching assistants, learning mentors, family support officers or parent liaison roles. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue research-based career opportunities.

The course also provides ideal preparation for further study which might ultimately lead to a career in child psychology, nursing or teaching (further training required).

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Are you responsible for the mental health of young people? Then make sure you have all the right skills and knowledge through our specialised course. Read more
Are you responsible for the mental health of young people? Then make sure you have all the right skills and knowledge through our specialised course. We offer a flexible programme that will build on your current experience towards improving your career prospects. You'll be provided with a comprehensive understanding of a broad range of topics in child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing.

We offer a suite of learning materials to help meet the needs of children and young people with mental health problems. You'll learn how to assess the wellbeing of children and help with prevention and early intervention, providing a better service of care for your patients. Half of mental disorders have their onset by 14 years old, so it's vitally important to be able to properly identify and support issues in early development. Make sure you have the right skills to provide the best care when dealing with children's mental health.

Course outline

Our course address the urgent need to establish more evidence based research on mental disorders and interventions in children and adolescents, in order to answer the questions posed by gaps in current evidence. We provide a stimulating and challenging environment for those wishing to advance beyond undergraduate level, developing specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing. Theoretical and practical issues pertinent to those working with children, adolescents and their families will be examined critically.

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Are you responsible for the mental health of young people? Then make sure you have all the right skills and knowledge through our specialised course. Read more
Are you responsible for the mental health of young people? Then make sure you have all the right skills and knowledge through our specialised course. We offer a flexible programme that will build on your current experience towards improving your career prospects. You'll be provided with a comprehensive understanding of a broad range of topics in child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing.

We offer a suite of learning materials to help meet the needs of children and young people with mental health problems. You'll learn how to assess the wellbeing of children and help with prevention and early intervention, providing a better service of care for your patients. Half of mental disorders have their onset by 14 years old, so it's vitally important to be able to properly identify and support issues in early development. Make sure you have the right skills to provide the best care when dealing with children's mental health.

Course outline

Our course address the urgent need to establish more evidence based research on mental disorders and interventions in children and adolescents, in order to answer the questions posed by gaps in current evidence. We provide a stimulating and challenging environment for those wishing to advance beyond undergraduate level, developing specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing. Theoretical and practical issues pertinent to those working with children, adolescents and their families will be examined critically.

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Are you responsible for the mental health of young people? Then make sure you have all the right skills and knowledge through our specialised course. Read more
Are you responsible for the mental health of young people? Then make sure you have all the right skills and knowledge through our specialised course. We offer a flexible programme that will build on your current experience towards improving your career prospects. You'll be provided with a comprehensive understanding of a broad range of topics in child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing.

We offer a suite of learning materials to help meet the needs of children and young people with mental health problems. You'll learn how to assess the wellbeing of children and help with prevention and early intervention, providing a better service of care for your patients. Half of mental disorders have their onset by 14 years old, so it's vitally important to be able to properly identify and support issues in early development. Make sure you have the right skills to provide the best care when dealing with children's mental health.

Course outline

Our course address the urgent need to establish more evidence based research on mental disorders and interventions in children and adolescents, in order to answer the questions posed by gaps in current evidence. We provide a stimulating and challenging environment for those wishing to advance beyond undergraduate level, developing specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing. Theoretical and practical issues pertinent to those working with children, adolescents and their families will be examined critically.

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