This MRes study aims to understand how adults in mid-life experience the relationship between their work and their health. This is with a particular focus on how they see their careers developing in future and how this relates to their health and well-being status.
Increasing life spans, economic pressures, and advancing or flexible retirement age mean that individuals may be working for longer in their lives. Older workers may have health conditions to manage. Employment may be detrimental to mental or physical health, or it may help to promote well-being and extend functional independence. This is dependent on a variety of factors including job characteristics and the relationship between the individual and work. Thus, the orientation to their career that adults adopt in mid-life may have far-reaching impacts on their health trajectories. This mixed methods study seeks to explore those orientations and their health implications as understood by the workers themselves.
The literature review will explore:
• Relevant conceptualisation and measurement of health and well-being
• Well-being and life-span development
• Career development in mid to late adulthood, including the literature on ‘third age’ guidance
• Contemporary legal, economic, and socio-political factors that are extending working life, and increasing pressures on older workers.
The empirical study will be a mixed methods design, combining in-depth qualitative research interviews, followed by a survey generating quantitative evidence. The survey will combine use of a validated well-being measure with a bespoke survey design informed by the literature review and the interviews.
The MSc Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice (Online Distance Learning) offers a unique perspective: that children and young people’s mental health and well-being is influenced by developmental processes at multiple levels, from individual to socio-cultural and that approaches to working with mental health and well-being need to be informed by this dynamic and interactional system.
By drawing on the knowledge and clinical experience of a world-class department of clinical and health psychology, the programme aims to equip students with the knowledge necessary for understanding children and young people’s mental health and well-being from this unique perspective. The programme will also draw upon many other theoretical areas, including early intervention, health promotion, public health, health and social inequalities, critical psychology, developmental psychopathology and resilience.
The programme is part time, fully online, and has been designed with professionals in mind; the online delivery format and part-time study options allow for professionals from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to develop knowledge and practice whilst continuing to meet individual life and work demands.
The core elements of the programme include both conceptual and applied courses. At the conceptual level, the programme will review different theories of children and young people’s mental health involved in the complex structure of typical and atypical development. At the applied level it will include the application of psychological knowledge to difficulties experienced by children and young people and the critical appraisal of psychological knowledge and practice.
Distinctive features of the course, include:
Graduates of the programme can expect to develop key skills and abilities, which are transferable to a number of professional domains, including:
All of the teaching on the MSc is delivered entirely online, allowing for flexible and responsive approaches to learning, assessment and support of our students and to reach a wide range of graduates and professionals from all over the world.
The online teaching methods include:
The University's full range of online learning resources will be available to students; for example:
As well as our online courses, students are welcome to enrol on our campus-based courses (up to 60 credits), if it is possible for them to attend the University for teaching, thus increasing flexibility and choice. Please note that students enrolled on this programme would not be eligible to apply for a Tier 4 visa.
This programme offers a flexible postgraduate degree designed for recent graduates and professionals who are interested in studying at an advanced level.
The programme is designed to be completed part-time. The minimum period the course can be completed is two years, with a maximum completion time of six years.
There are a number of qualification routes available; students enrol on the MSc programme pathway and can exit at any of the following qualification junctures:
Courses offered as part of the programme include:
The dissertation project takes the form of a systematic review or meta-analysis relating to an aspect of psychological theory, or a psychological model, with relevance to clinical practice in the field of child and adolescent mental health and well-being.
The programme has been designed to enhance the career development of a range of professions involved in the provision of psychological health and care by improving awareness and application of psychological theory to clinical practice and by broadening the theoretical base from which professions practice.
Previous students have continued to work in, or entered, a range of professions including:
Recent graduates interested in working in the area of child and adolescent mental health would also benefit from this programme. The degree demonstrates a student's high level of commitment to working with children and young people.
The course is suitable for a range of professions engaged in mental health and well-being in education, such as head teachers, teachers, social workers, school nurses, educational psychologists, police and youth justice.
The course is designed for professionals and graduates wishing to understand and optimise the role of mental health and well-being within the education system.
It offers detailed exploration of mental health and well-being across the lifespan within this setting, and unprecedented understanding of factors by which it may be influenced, in learners or students of any age.
This is a training in awareness and practices that may be adopted in an applicant's existing profession rather than training as a psychology professional.
•An online, part-time MSc designed for the working professional.
•Options to study the course as a PGCert or PGDip.
•Exploration of key subject topics and current issues influencing mental health and well-being.
•An experience of highly interactive distance learning that challenges and engages students and provides contact with other students in similar and related professions.
•A professionally active teaching team that provides a culture of care oriented to students' personal goals.
•A focus on research-based interventions in the educational environment, along with how individual influence and behaviour may support change.
•Attention paid to the mental health and well-being of professionals in, and working in support of, the education system.
What are my career prospects?
This programme will give you a critical understanding of the key moments and contexts in which mental health in learners of any age may be influenced and changed.
You will be able to identify, define and utilise specific intervention pathways through which mental health can be influenced in education. These will include classroom skills, the use of basic cognitive behavioural therapy skills and positive psychology as well as the management of stress.
This course will also give you a personal and occupational insight into how the views, beliefs and behaviours of professionals influence mental health.
How to apply
Apply here: https://bucks.ac.uk/apply-now
The Anglia Ruskin University Applied Positive Psychology MSc is a taught postgraduate course offering full-time and part-time study options.
Students complete a combination of core and optional modules to earn a full 180 credit Master of Science qualification. Some modules may take place in Cambridge, Paris or online.
Put yourself at the forefront of this developing discipline by joining a strand of applied psychology only offered at a few universities across the world. Discover and discuss the nature of happiness, what helps people thrive and make a difference to everyday lives.
Positive psychology is life changing. Our course helps you investigate the science behind how we can prepare for more successful lives and better well-being, through challenging existing cognitive and emotional patterns and encouraging positivity with evidence-based activities.
You’ll be introduced to research and interventions around topics like positive and negative emotions, character strengths, motivation, resilience, creativity, wisdom and other conditions shown to make a difference to the lives of individuals, groups and organisations. You'll constantly test your skills and apply them to real-life situations, coming to understand which tools and strategies to use in delivering meaningful, high-impact interventions.
You’ll use your new skills to shape businesses, education and communities. Our wide choice of modules means that, whether you work in coaching, business, education or health, you can tailor your studies to your career goals. Our course will also suit you if you have a BSc in psychology and want to further your knowledge.
Our course is taught in Cambridge and Paris. In Paris, teaching takes place at Centre d’Études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques (CEDS), right in the centre of Paris near the Eiffel Tower. In Cambridge, you’ll also have access to our advanced psychology laboratories.
You’ll complete four intensive week-long modules, followed by online research methods teaching and supervision for your major project. In-between times you’ll undertake self-directed study.
Our tutors are leaders in the field of positive psychology. They include:
• Dr Ilona Boniwell, CEO of Positran
• Dr Richard Piech, cognitive neuroscientist
• Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh, Managing Director of Growth Coaching
• Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Director of WorkMad
• Alexandre Jost, head of Spinoza Factory, a happiness think-tank
• Jean-Christophe Barralis and Jean Pages, directors of the French Institute of Appreciative Inquiry.
For an informal chat about our course please contact programme leaders Richard Piech or Ilona Boniwell.
You could find yourself using positive psychology within training, government, an organisation or even in life coaching. You might want to use the sustainable well-being and development skills you gain in the charity, social enterprise or heath sectors. Or you could even use the methods to transform a business or help develop and optimise the potential of a group, community or institution.
If you’re a qualified clinical psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist, you’ll find positive psychology theory, research and applications will benefit your clinical work. Teachers, youth workers and educators also use positive psychology expertise in their work. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Psychology PhD.
Optional modules -
• Introduction to Positive Psychology (Cambridge or Paris)
• Neuroscience of Well-being (Cambridge)
• Positive Child Development (Cambridge)
• Positive Relationships (Cambridge)
• Positive Psychology for Practitioners (Cambridge)
• Well-being: Economic, Social and Behavioural Causes (Cambridge)
• Positive Performance (Paris)
• Positive Psychology Coaching (Paris)
• Positive Education (Paris)
• Positive Organisations and Appreciative Inquiry (Paris)
• Positive Society (Paris)
Core modules -
• Research Methods for Psychology (online)
• Major Project (online)
100% of your assessment will be through coursework. This could include essays, blogs, a reflective portfolio, self-reflective log, handouts, video presentation, mind maps, reports, a research proposal and a major project. You'll also get the chance to carry out an applied project in either a personal or professional setting, to give you experience of how positive psychology can be implemented in practice.
- Module notes
You’ll choose four modules from the list of 12 available across Cambridge and Paris, including one research module (quantitative or qualitative). You'll also complete a major project.
Paris - You'll study at Centre d’Études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques (CEDS), near the Eiffel Tower.
Cambridge - Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.
The following postgraduate funding may be available to study the Applied Positive Psychology MSc at Anglia Ruskin University.
Full Time (UK / EU): £10,200
Part Time (UK / EU): £4,600
Early Childhood Studies at Roehampton is committed to babies and young children as people with agency and unique capacities, and to their overall wellbeing from the prenatal period.
The postgraduate programme draws on Froebel’s understanding of the transformative power of young children’s play on their thinking, and the crucial way that adults can either seek to assist or control young children’s intrinsic creativity. In adults’ interactions with children, however, Froebel recognised the profound influence of the community and social context.
The syllabus is underpinned by an awareness of the influence of these social, cultural and political contexts on young children’s lives, and of the roots and structures of inequality that arise from these issues. The programme will strengthen your awareness and understanding of these influences and explore how you take account of them in action. In these respects, the programme also draws inspiration from the work of Paulo Freire, the radical and pioneering educator.
The teaching is informed by active research and scholarship in early years policy and practice, as well as leading research into young children’s well-being, thinking and understanding. There is a deep commitment to working in partnership with families and communities and to the development of students’ professionalism, advocacy and leadership.
The programme is relevant, engaging and of professional and personal value for a variety of roles within the early years sector. For those working directly with young children, engagement with the course content will provide a platform for continuing professional development and career progression, while for those involved in early years policy or research, the course offers an opportunity to engage with up current thinking in a broad range of issues.
Students will first look at babies' and children’s capacity for play, how they think, and how they communicate their ideas and emotions though a variety of ‘languages’ such as talk, mark-making, drawing, construction, movement, music and dance. This is studied from a variety of theoretical perspectives, critically looking at the values and assumptions underpinning these views.
There is special focus on Froebel’s legacy in early childhood practice and other key pioneers in the child-centred tradition, which embodies advocacy and respect for children and their families. You will gain an understanding of the political nature of this work, learn advocacy skills for the well-being of young children and their families and develop effective leadership and collaboration techniques across disciplines in the field of early childhood. Alongside modules going deeper into young children’s emotions and well-being, students will learn skills for undertaking their own social and educational research. These skills will be put into practice with an extended in-depth research-based project, critically enquiring into an identified social or educational problem.
This rewarding programme is designed to provide a biological perspective on the nature and study of human behaviour and health with an emphasis on the clinical relevance of contemporary developments in the biological sciences.
Our programme is designed to improve career prospects for health professionals and offers a social context is for the anthropological and psychological issues of health and healthcare. This course covers a broad spectrum of biological approaches from the molecular to ethological studies and presents a diverse range of methods for the study of human behaviour and health.
The biological basis of behaviour is an increasingly important aspect of understanding health and illness. You will develop an in-depth understanding of topic areas and mechanisms involved in the maintenance of health and well-being, and the development and treatment of disease. This rewarding programme provides an ideal platform for the basis for further post-graduate research, a career in consultancy-based research, or your development of evidence-based practice in health care. You will learn to analyse the contributions of different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to the understanding of health and wellbeing, disease and its treatment, and care.
The programme will introduce you to a wide range of health issues from stress to sleep; it considers the aetiology and symptomology of the body’s complex processes with a thought-provoking and challenging syllabus.
We offer a diverse range of modules to build your knowledge and enable you to focus on topics that interest you. Recent examples of these topics included: the psychophysiology of health, where you will examine the effects of stress in relation to health and well-being, health research methods, and public health and social, psychological and biological approaches to health and disease.
You will be supported by a strong academic staff team of biological and health scientists and you will automatically become a part of the Department of Life Sciences’ Health Sciences Research Centre.
Here are examples of the modules:
Careers in the NHS, local authorities,including education departments and social services; NGOs and other charities.