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Social and therapeutic horticulture is the purposeful use of horticultural activities to promote health and well-being and facilitate social inclusion. Read more
Social and therapeutic horticulture is the purposeful use of horticultural activities to promote health and well-being and facilitate social inclusion.

This exciting new course is designed to offer people, who are working in horticulture or therapy, the opportunity to further develop their skills in social and therapeutic horticulture. They will also reflect upon, debate and critique their current practice.

This programme is the first to be developed in the UK and will build upon Coventry's well-established and vocationally focussed qualification, the Professional Development Diploma.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The development of the MSc course has been actively supported by practitioners in the field, service-users and others; including the national charity, Thrive; Pershore College and the Association of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioners. Its creation will bring this developing profession in line with established international practitioners in the USA, Canada and Japan.

The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc will provide students nationally and internationally with a unique opportunity to gain specialist knowledge and skills in social and therapeutic horticulture. The target market for this programme includes a wide range of working individuals from a variety of backgrounds and sectors related to health, social care and disability.

Expressions of interest and applicants include:
-Occupational therapists
-Social workers
-Horticulturalists, environmentalists and green care workers
-Social and therapeutic practitioners
-Practitioners across education including main stream and special needs
-Charity workers (trustees, practitioners and managers)
-Doctors, nurses (mental health, adult nursing) and psychologists
-Probation officers
-Speech and language therapists
-Teachers of children and adults with special educational needs
-Care managers, private practitioners and project managers

Studying on the MSc Social and Therapeutic programme MSc will help students to:
-Develop as innovative, enterprising, evidence based practitioners of social and therapeutic horticulture
-Critically appraise and reflect on practice within the changing context of health and social care from the service users’ perspective and with deep consideration of their needs
-Critically evaluate the context of social and therapeutic horticulture within service delivery and the wider arenas of health, social care and nature-based care
-Actively engage in and be responsible for the critical analysis of their own learning, recognising areas for development and strengths
-Be a dynamic participant within support networks/communities of practice to develop and promote a deep consideration and further exploration of the potential and use of social and therapeutic horticulture
-Actively engage in the critical analysis and evaluation of the evidence base

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc is a blended learning programme that combines experiential and online learning with independent study. Innovative teaching and learning techniques will utilise real site partners, digital technology and practical activities that will focus upon communities and sustainable practice.

Critical discussion and debate with social therapeutic horticulturalists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other health and social care professionals are promoted within the modules of study, enabling students to develop their skills in clinical reasoning, reflection and research. This course will give students the confidence and authority to explore, appraise and critique current and contemporary practice and the evidence base that supports the use of social and therapeutic horticulture. By completing the programme students will be boosting their managerial knowledge, leadership and communication skills in this exciting new area. They will be the first of a new generation of master’s graduates who are able to fulfil leading roles in the social and therapeutic workplace, education or research.

Students can study the programme either full-time across one academic year or part-time. The course consists of six mandatory modules and the research dissertation.

The mandatory modules for this programme are:
-Social and Therapeutic Horticulture: Diversity of Theory and Practice
-The Expert Practitioner: A Practical Analysis
-Nature Assisted Practice
-Evaluating Social and Therapeutic Horticulture in Practice
-Research Methodology, Designs and Methods
-Data Analysis
-The research dissertation which can be based on empirical research study or a systematic review of the evidence to support social and therapeutic interventions

HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?

The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc will be offered on a full-time and part-time basis and as stand-alone CPD opportunity. It will be delivered in a flexible learning format, comprising face-to-face contact with attendance normally on Tuesdays and Thursdays, guided study, independent studies, and online resources to be completed at home or in the workplace.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You are assessed in a variety of ways both in groups and individually. You will have a combination of practical, presentation and written assessments. These may include group and conference style presentations, reflective critiques, an online annual report and action plan, project report writing and dissertation.

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Phytopharmaceutical Science, the development of drugs from plants and other natural compounds, is now a significant area of research for the development of new medicines with a sound historical basis. Read more
Phytopharmaceutical Science, the development of drugs from plants and other natural compounds, is now a significant area of research for the development of new medicines with a sound historical basis. Many drugs listed as conventional medications are derived from plants and were originally administered in plant form.

Over recent years, in their search for novel therapeutic agents, there has been a huge rise in interest from the global pharmaceutical industry centred on the isolation and evaluation of compounds from plants used in medical treatment derived from traditional medicine sources.

Based on the increasing importance of this emerging area of natural product science this programme of study will enable individuals with specific expertise in the regulation and development of plant-based medicines to pursue a career in the rapidly expanding phytopharmaceutical industry or a government regulatory body.

The MSc in Phytopharmaceuticals is a taught postgraduate programme which provides an in depth study of natural products, their analysis, value as medicines and regulatory issues controlling their production and sales.

As a MSc Phytopharmaceutical student, you will:

receive a high quality programme which will provide you with the expertise to work in the pharmaceutical industries emerging area of natural product science
be supported throughout your studies by our experienced, dedicated team of staff
study in excellent facilities, including new refurbished laboratories with the latest analytical equipment and Medicinal Herb Garden.

Programme structure

Phytopharmaceuticals is multi-disciplinary. You will study, plant chemistry, phytochemical analysis, analytical methods, quality control, toxicology, ethnobotany, herbal therapeutics, legislation and regulation of herbal products, and research methods.

In order to be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma, a student shall have passed the two specialist modules, the optional module and the core module; or one specialist module, the research project and the core module (120 M Level credits). Students obtaining 60 M level credits (by the core module and either specialist module or the research project) may be considered for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Life Sciences.

In order to be eligible for the award of the Masters degree, a student shall have passed both specialist modules, the optional module, the research project and the core module (180 M level credits).

You will be assessed throughout the programme in practical work and theory. Coursework varies and includes laboratory work, data analysis, essays, presentations and examinations.

Career opportunities

Feedback from industry suggests that natural product science is an expanding area of interest resulting in new employment opportunities for qualified individuals with specific expertise in the regulation and development of plant based medicines. Opportunities also exist in teaching, writing and horticulture.

You may also be interested in UEL's MSc Pharmaceutical Science programme.

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