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This exciting new programme will equip professionals with the skills, knowledge and networks to drive sustainable innovation for health and wellbeing in the design, retrofit and operation of buildings. Read more
This exciting new programme will equip professionals with the skills, knowledge and networks to drive sustainable innovation for health and wellbeing in the design, retrofit and operation of buildings. Based within The Bartlett, the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering is a world-leading research centre.

Degree information

Students will focus on the role of the built environment in health and wellbeing within the context of the sustainability agenda; key design, engineering and public health principles; practical tools applicable in professional practice to sustainably support health and wellbeing in buildings; relevant benchmarking, modelling and monitoring methods; and approaches to creating a business case for healthy and productive buildings.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a report (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits).

Core modules
-Health, Comfort and Wellbeing in the Built Environment
-Health and Wellbeing in Cities: Theory and Practice
-Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
-Integrated Building Design for Health, Comfort and Wellbeing
-Methods of Environmental Analysis
-Wellbeing in Buildings: Theory and Practice

Optional modules - students choose two of the following:
-Building Acoustics
-Designing Inclusive Places
-Light, Lighting and Wellbeing in Buildings

All students undertake an independent research project culminating in a 10,000-word report.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, tutorials and lab demos. Assessment is through coursework, design reports, written examinations and a dissertation.


It is anticipated that students taking this programme will find employment in architectural and engineering companies and specialist consultancies dedicated to the design and/or evaluation of sustainable buildings with a strong focus on health, wellbeing and human performance (e.g. productivity). Additional career paths may be found within in-house building design and operational teams, and in public sector agencies concerned with built environment and/or health and wellbeing issues. The MSc can also provide a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

The programme is designed with employability in mind. Students will, for example, use simulation tools similar to those used by commercial companies for thermal analysis or measuring indoor air quality. You will also gain hands-on experience of monitoring environmental conditions within buildings, and of gathering and evaluating occupant feedback. As awareness of the impact that the built environment can have on health, wellbeing and sustainability increases, so too does the demand for professionals with relevant expertise. Successful graduates will understand the factors affecting the business case for improved health, wellbeing and human performance in buildings.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (UCL IEDE) has proven research and teaching excellence in built environment, sustainability and health research.

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms. Our high-achieving graduates are sought after by the biggest names in the built environment industry.

The degree facilitates networking with industry leaders, via an industry workshop and selected opportunities for industry-related dissertation projects.

Located in London, we are at the heart of a large cluster of creative architects and engineering firms and next to the UK's seat of government and finance. We offer unrivalled networking opportunities, with alumni employed throughout the major firms in London who often give lectures and attend networking events.

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On this course, you will explore workplace wellbeing, including physical and emotional health, as well as environmental and social factors. Read more
On this course, you will explore workplace wellbeing, including physical and emotional health, as well as environmental and social factors.

Course overview

Evidence shows that work performance is improved if employees have a positive physical and mental wellbeing. Many organisations have therefore realised that they should take a proactive approach to wellness, rather than focusing on illness and absence management. This has created a need for highly skilled health, safety and wellbeing managers.

A key component of this course is a major piece of independent work, where you will focus on a specific area of interest and develop an in-depth project.

You will study health and safety regulation and legislation, communication, management tools, risk assessment, control and mitigation for a range of workplace hazards typical in most industries and organisations. You will also examine related issues such as the impact of societal factors on health in the workplace, and the wider public health agenda.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing MSc is a new course at the University of Sunderland, and is accredited with The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). As a student on this course, you will be able to join IOSH as a student member and attend IOSH seminars offered by the North East regional group.

We strongly encourage you to take a placement as part of your degree, so that you can apply and develop your learning in a real work context. A placement enables you to augment your experience of work, and also build up a professional network. When you graduate you will have the knowledge, skills and confidence to take on roles in health, safety and wellbeing in a wide range of public, private and regulatory organisations.

Course content

The content of this course has been developed with input from the NHS in the North East. Modules on this course include:

Stage 1
-Health, Safety and Wellbeing 1 (30 Credits)
-Applied Epidemiology (30 Credits)

Stage 2
-Health, Safety and Wellbeing 2 (30 Credits)
-Public Health (20 Credits)

Masters Stage
-Placement or Dissertation (10 Credits each)
-Research Methods and Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will involve lectures, seminars, groupwork and one-to-one sessions with your personal tutor.

Staff teaching on this course are research active in the fields of: the application of occupational psychology principles to workplace health and safety, how human factors impact upon human behaviour; public health focussing on healthy agi­­­­­­­ng and behavioural change themes and epidemiology investigating the impacts of photochemical smog on respiratory health.

The teaching team also have many links with local industry and regulatory bodies. Elements of the course will be delivered by guest speakers and tutors who have a wide range of experience in the sector.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound redevelopments.

Sciences Complex
This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investment in modern facilities. The technical equipment is backed up with excellent IT facilities, with hundreds of workstations available for students to use. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

University Library Services
The University boasts a collection of more than 430,000 books in total, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format. Each year the University invests around £1 million in new resources.

Learning environment
Overall Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into relevant health care and industry organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

Graduates of this course will gain the knowledge and skills needed to gain employment in this increasingly topical area.

Those with experience in health and safety will gain the knowledge needed to enable them to move into the area of wellbeing. Those with a general business background will develop the specialist skills and knowledge needed to work in the field of health and safety.

All employers have a duty to address the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees. This has created a need for skilled health, safety and wellbeing managers. This course has been developed to fill this skills gap. There are also employment opportunities working for consultants or health and safety regulatory bodies.

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This course is of interest to anyone working in the areas of preventative health, fitness and wellbeing- associated environments. Read more
This course is of interest to anyone working in the areas of preventative health, fitness and wellbeing- associated environments. This includes sports science, gyms, mental health and community agencies, primary healthcare and leisure professionals and practitioners working in established areas where the focus of the client group is on exercise
and wellbeing.

It will also appeal to a range of wellness professionals and practitioners wanting to progress their expertise to master's level, enabling them to seek work across the health exercise and wellbeing sectors.

It will benefit those who are looking to extend their educational academic skills and knowledge in relation to health exercise and wellbeing, and will contribute to continuing professional development.

What will this course cover?

We have developed this course with a range of health and exercise specialists to address the needs of the contemporary workforce.

The course adopts a cross-disciplinary approach to studying health exercise and the concept of wellbeing. It will explore issues around health and wellbeing, using multiple theoretical perspectives drawn from sports science and nutrition, applied social sciences, public health policy and health sciences.

The course has a modular structure which is related to the work-related needs of students. You will be able to develop research skills in your particular area of interest and will be encouraged to relate this to client- focused practice, helping to enhance your practice and career prospects. There are also opportunities for you to gain on site gym experience as well as acquire industry-related awards within the nutrition module of the course.

The course will be delivered either part-time over two years or full-time over one year with a combination of face to face contact, independent study and distance learning opportunities.

Attendance and Personal Study

Full-time: You will be expected to attend two days per week.

Part-time: see website

You will also need to allocate time for self-directed study, including reading time of two to three hours.


• Research Methods
• Bio-Psychosocial Influences on Health Exercise and Wellbeing
• Enabling Health and Wellbeing
• Current Issues in Health Exercise Wellbeing and Communities
• Nutrition for Health Exercise and Wellbeing
• Developing and Maintaining Relationships in Health and Exercise
• Dissertation: Independent Study


On this programme, you will develop research skills in your particular area of interest. You will be encouraged to contribute to the body of knowledge in that particular topic and relate this to client-focused practice.

How to apply

Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/


There are a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students which include sponsorship, bursaries, scholarships and loans: http://bucks.ac.uk/fees_funding/postgraduate-masters-scholarships/

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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.


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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This exciting and innovative multi-professional open learning course is designed for health, education and social care professionals and those with an interest in this dynamic area of work. Read more
This exciting and innovative multi-professional open learning course is designed for health, education and social care professionals and those with an interest in this dynamic area of work. It aims to challenge and extend the knowledge base, skills and attitudes of those working in, or interested in the field of children, young people and family wellbeing. It critically analyses the evidence-base for such work, and examines interventions that link to positive outcomes.

The programme is offered as open learning only. It is open to home, EU and international students interested in child and adolescent wellbeing, and who want to interact with other graduates and professionals in an online research-based environment. It is taught by experts with a strong record of research and publications in the area.

Please note: course content is scheduled for a forthcoming review and there may be minor changes to the course entry following this review in mid-January 2016. Please continue to check the course entry for the most up to date details.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/child-welfare-and-wellbeing/

Why choose this course?

You will benefit from:
- Teaching by highly qualified staff - many of the teaching team have reputations for excellence in their research fields both nationally and internationally.

- A course that has been designed to maximise flexibility.

- The course can be taken part-time, including, on a module by module basis, building to the PGCert (three modules), a PGDip (six modules), or to a full MSc (nine modules including a triple dissertation module).

- It can be studied by those in full-time or part-time employment.

- The convenience of studying at home with regular periods of concentrated online study with other students on the course.

- Teaching which is delivered through state-of-the-art learning technologies via our Moodle platform.

- Excellent support in the on-line environment by lecturers who are experts in their subject areas, in the child welfare and drug and alcohol fields.

- A lively and exciting department.

- Excellent opportunities for shared learning, with students from many different backgrounds and locations.

- Strong links with Oxford Brookes University’s Children and Families Research Group.

- If you are a social worker or health care professional this course will contribute to ongoing CPD with a focus on learning and continuous improvement.

Teaching and learning

The MSc in Child Welfare and Wellbeing by open learning offers exciting opportunities to those who may be unable to attend university full-time but want to study to an advanced level in a stimulating and dynamic online environment.

Web based open learning materials are provided to guide you during your studies.

You will encounter a variety of innovative online teaching methods, which are designed to support your needs as an open learner.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is mostly on the basis of coursework. A broad range of assessment approaches are used on the course, including essays, critical reviews, case studies, research proposal and virtual presentations. Formative assessment is used extensively to enable you to develop the skills and knowledge required for your summative assignments. Coursework is designed to help you develop a wide range of transferable skills in research, communication and team working.

If you wish to obtain the full MSc in Child Welfare and Wellbeing, the dissertation provides an opportunity to conduct a piece of investigative research that will further your understanding and facilitate the development of a specific area of study.

Specialist facilities

Fully open learning and highly flexible mode of study in the University’s virtual learning environment.

Teaching is delivered through state-of-the-art learning technologies via our Moodle platform.

The programme is delivered by open learning but runs within the University's standard calendar of semesters so there will be specific activities to do each week during the semester and deadlines to meet for coursework submission. During the module you can interact with course tutors and fellow students, enabling for instance, discussion of topics of current interest in child welfare and wellbeing.

Attendance pattern

This is a fully open learning online course, so attendance at the University is not required. It is a highly flexible mode of study and as a course participant you study at a time and place that suits you.


Our course attracts graduates from a wide range of disciplines. Candidates from around the world enrol on the course to learn about child welfare and wellbeing from an international perspective.
Many students undertaking the MSc in Child Welfare and Wellbeing either work in the children and families field or want to gain future employment in this area of work.

This course supports students in their professional career development as it provides an excellent foundation in the theoretical and research underpinnings of work with children and families.

It is also helpful for people working in the field who are seeking, for the purpose of career advancement, knowledge outside their own specialist area.

The content of modules (ie child protection, substance misuse, evidence informed interventions in child welfare) is highly relevant to the workplace and will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the multiple factors that correlate with outcomes for children and young people.

Students undertaking this course have gone on to work for charitable organisations internationally and in the UK, while others have successfully gained professional promotion or developed their leadership and specialist roles.

Undertaking a research dissertation provides an opportunity to conduct a small piece of investigative research relating to child welfare and wellbeing. This is an opportunity to gain first hand research experience and may lead some to further academic study at PhD level.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The course is taught by academics with a rich track record in research and publication in the children and families and drug and alcohol fields.

The master's course has close links with the Children and Families Research Group. This group brings together researchers, MSc and PhD students, lecturers, practitioners and external researchers and speakers who have an interest in child welfare and wellbeing and who wish to develop research in this area. Members of the group also contribute to the development of national and international policy guidance.

We are also a strategic collaborator with Action for Children and Work closely with BASPCAN (the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) and the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR).

Our group also has collaborative research links with colleagues in Psychology and Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University, with colleagues from a number of NHS Trusts and Local Authorities and externally with several universities throughout the UK and internationally with universities in Finland, Japan, Australia and Canada.

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Accredited by. Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. Developed in accordance with the IOSH Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework this programme focuses on the theory and application of the key principles of health, safety and wellbeing management in an occupational setting. Read more
Accredited by: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

Developed in accordance with the IOSH Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework this programme focuses on the theory and application of the key principles of health, safety and wellbeing management in an occupational setting.

The programme aims to challenge the preconceptions and practice of participants, as well as developing their knowledge, skills, competencies and ability to reflect and learn from their own professional practice. There is a strong emphasis on students' own practice, and students are encouraged to base their studies on the issues and situations they face in their own field.

The aim of the programme is to develop reflective occupational health, safety and wellbeing practitioners able to understand, develop, implement and monitor both, traditional safety concepts and contemporary health and wellbeing strategies and interventions in the context of the 21st century occupational health environment.

This programme will go through a periodic review on the 1st February 2017. As such the programme title, structure and content may change. Please check this page at that point for up-to-date information.

Course Content

For the Postgraduate Certificate, students must complete the following modules:

• Principles and Practice of Risk Assessment (10 Credits): Examine theoretical and practical approaches to risk assessment, hazard identification and risk control and evaluate their impact on the management of workplace hazards.
• Risk Perception & Communication (10 credits): Critically appraise the impact of psychological and psychosocial factors upon the perception and communication of, and response to, a range of risks and threats to health and wellbeing.
• Applied Research Methods and Design (20 credits): Develop the qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake research and evaluate interventions and day-to-day practice
• Management of Occupational Health and Wellbeing (20 Credits): Formulate appropriate control strategies and interventions to effectively manage a range of health and wellbeing issues across a variety of environments.

For the Postgraduate Diploma, students undertake the above modules, plus the following core modules:

• Individual & Organisational Change H&S (10 Credits): Appraise factors which influence organisational response to the management and performance of health, safety and wellbeing.
• Management of Safety Performance (20 Credits): Identify and appraise proactive and reactive approaches to managing, monitoring, reviewing and auditing safety performance in the workplace.
• Reflecting on Professional Development (10 Credits): Reflect on your learning, practice and experiences in order to evidence the development of your professional development. (Typically this module includes an element of work based learning and the completion of two work based projects.)
• Developing Health Safety and Wellbeing Strategies & Interventions (20 Credits): Enable students to integrate conceptual frameworks, policies and approaches to intervention through the development of a multidisciplinary intervention on an identified occupational health, safety & wellbeing issue. (Typically this module includes the analysis of live data and information from a collaborating organisation.)

To obtain the MSc, students must also complete a research project (60 credits):

• Research Project (60 credits): Design, plan and undertake a piece of independent applied research, and present the findings.

All of the above modules have been mapped against Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework 2013.


The programme is assessed by coursework. Examples of assessment tasks include: reports, essays, oral presentations, group work and posters. Assessment tasks encourage students to select specific topics of study that are relevant to them and their practice.

Employability & Careers

Graduate Membership of IOSH

Students who successfully complete the MSc programme will be eligible for Graduate membership of IOSH and will subsequently be able to begin the Initial Professional Development (IPD) stage of their progression to gaining Chartered status.

Improved career and /or academic progression

Students who have completed the MSc at Cardiff Metropolitan University have gained senior management and Director Level positions. Other students have gone on to undertake a PhD or lecture at university.

Internationally recognised and highly regarded qualification

The programme and MSc award is internationally recognised by government bodies, public and private sector and employers from many countries across the world, including amongst others, Oman, Libya, Lebanon, Nigeria and Germany.

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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.


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.


For full list of modules, please see the website.


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


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


-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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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 Department of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University boasts research expertise of international repute. Read more
The Department of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University boasts research expertise of international repute. Choosing to study with us will not only provide you with an intellectually stimulating degree, but also by providing you with access to the latest research expertise and specialist equipment, we will develop your thirst for knowledge and inspire you to question, research and analyse your theories.

We are committed to ensuring that our graduates are employable professionals. It is increasingly important that your postgraduate degree programme develop the skills that employers are after and alongside the acquisition of academic knowledge, our students will develop and apply skills in:
-Verbal communication
-Professional report writing
-Analytical thinking

A programme of study for practitioners promoting psychological wellbeing
This innovative master's programme aims to bring together psychological theory with evidence-based practice and practitioner wellbeing for existing and aspiring practitioners. The masters will expand clinical skills and knowledge across a range of specialist areas related to promoting psychological wellbeing.

This course would be of particular interest to:
-People wishing to pursue professional doctorates in clinical psychology, counselling psychology, health psychology, and/or psychological research
-Medical practitioners
-Occupational therapists and other allied health professionals in mental health services
-Mental health nurses
-Social workers
-Experienced practitioners wishing to take leadership roles within their organisation

Features and benefits of the course

This programme is based upon three fundamental values to prepare its students for their future career steps:
-Excellence in theoretical knowledge, practical skills and theory-practice links
-Practitioner wellbeing
-Interprofessional learning and knowledge exchange

The course teaching team consists of practitioner psychologists (clinical and counseling), as well as experimental and research orientated psychologists. Our students benefit from a range of guest speakers from interprofessional backgrounds and the formative feedback offered by experts-by-experience for certain assessments.

Due to the combination of the values of this programme and the interprofessional perspective to learning, students can expect to develop a range of skills that are highly relevant to a variety of healthcare or doctoral study options. Throughout the course, students can expect to:
-Develop self-awareness and reflective practice
-Enhance knowledge and skills relevant to evidence-based therapeutic techniques in clinical practice
-Develop critical awareness of issues relating to the promotion of psychological wellbeing
-Understanding of the theoretical frameworks underlying key therapeutic approaches
-Personal and professional development through experiential learning groups based on practitioner experiences
-Connecting research and practice through a service evaluation based dissertation with one of our partners

Placement options

This programme is for current and aspiring practitioners who wish to develop their knowledge and skills. In order to prioritise realistic experiences of mental health services and meaningful career progression opportunities, we do not include a placement option. Authentic theory-practice links are a key feature of this programme and our flexible approach to learning and part-time study aims to support those who wish to develop their academic and practitioner knowledge and skills in parallel. Therefore, we encourage all students of the course to either maintain or find employment or voluntary work within a relevant health and social care setting. We are also able to suggest a number of suitable services for voluntary work through our community links.

About the Course

The course will equip students with contemporary and creative knowledge of relevant theoretical and practical issues in a range of settings, where promoting psychological wellbeing is essential. Theory-practice links will be appropriate to current and aspiring practitioners in a range of settings including heath, social care and education. We aim to encouraging a dynamic perspective on person-centred care and the critical appraisal of service provisions.

The core units of the course are:
-Core Therapeutic Skills
-Brief Intervention Models
-Professional Practice Values
-Clinical Skills
-Psychological Wellbeing in Practice
-Research Principles & Methods
-Service Evaluation and Development Research Dissertation

The central ethos of the programme is that of person-centred care in promoting psychological wellbeing, shaping professional practice values. In order to graduate with the MSc qualification, students must gain 180 credits over seven core units. With the course is an embedded Postgraduate Certificate in Skills in Psychological Therapies (60 credits) and Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies (120 credits).

Learning takes the form of:
-Lectures, seminars and workshops
-Problem-based learning exercises
-Skills practice and consolidation
-Experiential learning groups based in a chosen therapeutic modality
-Self-paced online training
-Peer learning through student presentations
-Supervised and supported research activity

You will be allocated a personal academic supervisor who will support your academic and professional development as well as ensure your time on the course is productive and beneficial for your specific needs.

The majority of the course staff for this programme are academics and practitioners, which means students benefit from the latest information from both fields. Additionally, students become a part of our professional knowledge exchange community. Importantly, a number of experts by experience support course staff and students in several of the course activities, such as providing feedback on presentations and practice discussions, which further enhances the insight and perspective students can develop through the course.

Assessment details

Assessments take multiple forms to offer students the best possible chance for success. Our assessments include critical essays, presentations, case reports, reflective accounts and two exams.

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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


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.

Visit the website for the Jordanstown campus course : https://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/msc-health-and-wellbeing-ft-jn or for the part-time option visit https://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/msc-health-and-wellbeing-pt-jn

Course detail

- Description -

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.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

Assessment is via coursework

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.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why Choose Ulster University ?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.

2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.

3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.

4. We recruit international students from more than 100 different countries.

5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/postgraduate


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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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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Ageing, cultural and collective sources of wellbeing, children, migration, spirituality, place, health and mental health in relation to wellbeing – you have the opportunity to explore diverse topics on this course. Read more
Ageing, cultural and collective sources of wellbeing, children, migration, spirituality, place, health and mental health in relation to wellbeing – you have the opportunity to explore diverse topics on this course.

This MRes provides a strong grounding in theory and methodology, drawing on disciplines such as social work, psychology, economics, anthropology, medicine and sociology.

You’ll learn from leading scholars working in a range of innovative and interdisciplinary projects. This means you’ll be able to apply your knowledge to projects that are shaping policy and practice.

How will I study?

You learn through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and individual supervision. You also have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork as part of your dissertation.

Assessment methods include essays, a concept note and a research portfolio. You also complete a 20,000-word dissertation.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

PGCE First-Generation Scholars Award (2017)
-£600 maintenance award to PGCE students with a household income below £42,875

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


You’ll be equipped to work in a variety of ways in the growing and dynamic field of wellbeing. This will include playing leading roles in a diverse range of health and social care organisations where the ‘wellbeing agenda’ is key.

The course will also open prospects for research careers in the increasingly wide range of research projects on wellbeing in the UK and internationally.

You’ll specialise in your chosen aspects of wellbeing, for example:
-Services for ageing populations
-Those with health and mental health problems

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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.



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


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


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


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


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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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.


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.


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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