The course aims to give you the opportunity to: develop a critical understanding of the theory and research that underpins the study of well-being. Develop awareness of the cultural, social, and economic factors that influence well-being. Acquire knowledge about the range of traditional and contemporary approaches that may be employed in the prevention and alleviation of psychological distress.
•The study of well-being is a popular and rapidly expanding field nationally and internationally, and we are amongst one of the first UK universities to offer training in this area at MSc level. •The course reflects national initiatives for the enhancement of well-being in the prevention and alleviation of mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety and stress) •The course offers the unique opportunity to consider the factors that characterise and influence well-being alongside those that might contribute to psychological distress; also an awareness of the cultural, social and economic contexts in which they lie •Suitable for students progressing from undergraduate study, professionals in the sector and international students looking to further their knowledge in this subject area in the UK •The course is available flexibly, on either a full or part-time basis, allowing practitioners to further their professional development alongside work
These aims are achieved through the following modules:
• Approaches to the Study of Well-being • Research Methods and Data Analysis for Psychologists • Well-being through the Lifespan • Well-being in Cultural, Social and Economic Contexts • Approaches to Psychological Problems • Lifestyle, Wellness and Well-being • Research Dissertation
You may choose to take one of two combinations of modules as a Postgraduate Certificate or all modules except the dissertation module as a Postgraduate Diploma.
All teaching is delivered within two dedicated laboratory/taught Master’s rooms. Teaching facilities include dedicated laboratory and practical work areas, an observation suite and a vision research laboratory. You will also enjoy excellent IT and computing facilities within both the faculty and the library, and have access to a number of statistical and software packages including SPSS, Adobe Audition and SuperLab
The course uses a wide variety of teaching and learning methods and assessment is based almost exclusively on coursework. The latter is varied, and includes formal essays, the production of research reports, real-time and web-based presentations and problem-solving tasks, a literature review, and a reflective portfolio. The research dissertation provides you with an experience of the research process from its inception to completion.