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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    One year full-time; flexible part-time, distance learning or blended learning over two or three years

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    19 March 2019

The course reflects national and international initiatives for the enhancement of mental health and well-being, which aims to prevent and alleviate psychological problems including depression, anxiety and stress.

This programme is not to be confused with the Low Intensity Psychological Interventions Graduate and PG Cert

Reasons to study Psychological Well-being at DMU:

  • Enhance your specialist skills and career opportunities
  • Flexible study opportunities - in addition to full-time, you can also study part-time, by distance learning, or by combining distance and campus-based learning; allowing professional development alongside work
  • Develop your practical and professional skills through short placement activities involving interactions with clients and health and social care professionals
  • Develop an awareness of the range of contemporary and traditional therapeutic approaches that may be employed in the treatment and prevention of mental health problems
  • Recent extensive investment in our dedicated psychology teaching facilities allows you to put theory in to practice
  • Benefit from inter-professional learning and develop a range of transferable skills, alongside individuals from a range of backgrounds and sectors
  • Many of our recent graduates have presented their original and innovative research at national conferences

Course modules

The MSc consists of theoretical, work-related and research-based modules as described below. Please note that ALL modules are compulsory for successful completion of the award. There are no optional modules.

  • Approaches to the Study of Well-being (15 credits) - provides an introduction to the study of mental health and well-being from a variety of perspectives including: evolution and development, physiology and neuroscience, philosophy and positive psychology
  • Well-being Through the Lifespan (15 credits) - extends the study of psychological perspectives on well-being and explores influences on, and potential threats to, psychological well-being at key stages throughout the lifespan (e.g., in childhood, at work, in older age)
  • Lifestyle, Wellness and Well-being (15 credits) - relates to national and international initiatives concerned with the maintenance of physical health and well-being, exploring the effects of lifestyle factors (e.g., smoking, drinking alcohol, drug use, eating behaviour) on physical and psychological well-being
  • Well-being in Cultural, Economic and Social Contexts (15 credits) - focuses on well-being within a broader, rather than individual,framework. You will explore the cultural context of well-being in addition to social and economic influences and considerations
  • Approaches to Psychological Problems (30 credits) - considers decreased well-being as manifested in psychological problems, including anxiety disorders, depressive illness and substance abuse. A variety of psychotherapeutic approaches are explored and you will take part in two short placement activities that involve interactions with clients and health and social care professionals.
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis for Psychologists (30 credits) - equips you with the quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis skills necessary to undertake research at MSc level
  • Research dissertation (60 credits) - allows you to design and conduct an original research study on a well-being related topic of your choice.

You also have the opportunity to undertake one of two combinations of modules and exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), or undertake all modules, except the dissertation and exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip); as well as completing the full MSc programme.

Further information is available from the course leader.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching typically includes lectures, group seminars and individual tutorials, You are encouraged to become an independent and proactive learner, and we will recommend reading and electronic resources for independent study to help develop the breadth and depth of your knowledge.

The majority of your studies will take place at the university but we also incorporate community-based learning experiences on your placement activities. There is a significant focus on developing skills that are transferable to a variety of careers and contexts on national and international levels.

Learning activities are designed to help you develop your teamwork, presentation and problem-solving skills, plus more traditional academic skills such as synthesis, evaluation and application. We also help you to develop your skills and understanding in professional areas such as ethics and reflective practice.

You will benefit from the support of a personal academic tutor, who you are encouraged to meet with regularly. We also offer a range of additional support services to help you develop the skills required for Master’s level study.

Assessment is based exclusively on coursework, for which bespoke guidance materials are provided. The kinds of coursework that you will undertake are varied, and include:

  • Formal essays
  • The production of research reports
  • Real-time and web-based presentations
  • Problem-solving tasks
  • Literature reviews
  •  Case studies and reflective writing

The dissertation provides you with an experience of the research process from its inception to completion.

Graduate careers

Completion of the course will lead to a number of career opportunities worldwide, including research, teaching and those within the caring professions. It also facilitates career development and progression. Other students might use the course as a stepping-stone to specialised PhD study.

Although the course does not culminate in a qualification in Clinical Psychology, its content will be highly relevant to those applying for training in this area, or within related fields such as psychotherapy (e.g.The NHS IAPT Service), counselling or coaching. There are also opportunities in the field of public health and well-being (e.g. in areas such as smoking cessation, safer sex promotion, drug and alcohol use). A full day of employability and enhancement events is held in February or March each year.


Visit the Psychological Well-Being MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

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