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Why Study?. This full time course offers the opportunity to achieve a Masters degree and a professional qualification in social work. Read more
Why Study?
This full time course offers the opportunity to achieve a Masters degree and a professional qualification in social work. The course is committed to excellence in academic standards and research mindedness. The social work programme involves service users and carers in all aspects of the course and supports an inter-professional perspective in both the theory and practice of social work. Students will be required to undertake 200 days of placement in a social work setting supported by practice teachers and assessors. Students study the law, social work with children. Families and adults, research methods and complete a dissertation. There is a small group in each year and the staff are committed to providing a stimulating, supportive and challenging environment for study.

What you Study
On the social work training programme, theory and practice are reflectively integrated, so that one informs and develops the other and this is progressively developed through the course. Practice and theory have equal value on the programme. As a research intensive university the course will benefit from the research environment informing the teaching and learning on the programme. Students will be encouraged to leave the programme with a research / evidence based practice outlook and a commitment to continue to be critically reflective of and involved in the research and evaluation agenda within social work practice.The practice educators are as integral to the programme as the university tutors. The Practice Assessment Panel as the module team for the practice modules brings together practitioners tutors and service users and carers in the delivery, assessment and quality assurance of practice within the programme.

The social work team are committed to extending and developing the place of service users and carers in the design, delivery, assessment and quality assurance of the programme. In addition there is a firm commitment to similarly developing the place of practitioners on the programme. We are aware that this is unlikely to be a smooth progressive development, particularly given the competing demands on everyone's time and the problematic of tokenism and truly representative functioning of involvement on the programme. Nevertheless there is currently a very good level of service user and carer and practitioner involvement in the BA social work programme in all aspects and the MA programme will do likewise. The programme has begun a project with service users and carers to use their experience and knowledge in helping social work students learn about the service user experience and to attain knowledge and skills around interviewing.The programme will be contextualised within a commitment to anti-oppressive practice.

Students will be expected to critically reflect on themselves and others in relation to the experience of oppression. Students will be expected to develop effective anti-oppressive approaches to the provision of social work in a variety of practice placements and in the academic work on the programme.Students will be supported through an intensive level of personal tutor support that takes them through the programme helping them to negotiate both academic work and practice placement. The Masters programme will be a small group of around 20 students with personal tutorial support in groups of five. This will provide an environment within which students can grow and develop and where potential shortfalls in learning, both before, and during the course, can be identified and appropriately supported.

The social work team has worked hard to develop new and interesting placements in the voluntary and statutory sectors. In particular we have developed innovatory placements in the extended schools and children's centres in Wakefield. This will give students an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge alongside other professional workers in line with the most recent workforce and practice developments predicated on the Every Child Matters Agenda and the Children Act 2004.This placement development will also make a contribution to the development of practice placements nationally in line with the university's knowledge transfer and research strategies via a funded evaluation of the work and regional and national workshops that will flow from it.

As a further development from this work the social work team are engaged with the delivery and evaluation of a knowledge transfer project that has received national government funding through the Innovation Unit, to develop the schools based workforce through the transfer of social work skills. Students will benefit through discussion and analysis of this in line with the university's strategy for research minded teaching and learning. In addition there will be a contribution to the development of the local economy and workforce also in line with the university strategy map.The MA programme will seek to develop the international agenda through internationalisation at home and in addition move towards a planned development of international partnerships and tutor and student exchanges in the future.

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Offered by the Workshop Theatre and Centre for Global Development, this unique degree will give you the skills to become a practical theatre facilitator, as well as an understanding of global development issues and their impact on the social uses of performance. Read more

Overview

Offered by the Workshop Theatre and Centre for Global Development, this unique degree will give you the skills to become a practical theatre facilitator, as well as an understanding of global development issues and their impact on the social uses of performance.

Core modules will develop your understanding of development studies, theatre and performance in the community. You’ll even get to complete a placement delivering workshops in a community setting such as a school or prison. In addition, you’ll choose from optional modules offered by our School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), allowing you to specialise in aspects of development studies that suit your interests or career plans.

You’ll be taught by leading researchers and experienced theatre practitioners in state-of-the-art facilities, but you’ll also get out of the classroom and into the community. It’s a great opportunity to prepare for a career in development and the arts, in the UK or elsewhere.

Course Content

From the beginning of the programme, you’ll explore applied arts practice by engaging with the work of thinkers such as Edward Said, Paulo Freire, Dorothy Heathcote and more to consider issues such as empowerment, training and funding, impact and sustainability. You’ll also gain an understanding of key issues and concepts in development studies through a core module that runs all year long.

In your second semester you’ll have the chance to start applying all you’ve learned, when you’ll attend an external placement to plan and deliver a series of workshops for a local community organisation of your choice.

Throughout the year you’ll also study a core module that develops your research skills and introduces you to the different methodologies and approaches in researching theatre and development. This will culminate in your dissertation, an independently researched project on a related topic of your choice which you’ll submit by the end of the year.

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This well-established, sought-after programme provides public health professionals with an understanding of the health needs of whole populations and how to effectively intervene to improve health in an international context. Read more

Programme Information

This well-established, sought-after programme provides public health professionals with an understanding of the health needs of whole populations and how to effectively intervene to improve health in an international context.
The international emphasis of this programme attracts students with a variety of professional backgrounds and experience from around the world.

On completion, you will have gained:
• the ability to analyse issues in health policy and an understanding of how to improve quality, accessibility and acceptability of health services using epidemiology, statistics and evidence-based public health interventions
• the essential skills to improve existing (and build new) health services programmes and management systems in order to improve public health
• the ability to evaluate different strategies for disease control in order to select the most effective and feasible action plans and programmes
• an appreciation of health and health systems in an international policy context
• an understanding of the conceptual framework around public health policy and management
• the ability to discuss ethical issues, and adopt and justify an appropriate ethical stance.

You will have the opportunity of attending an optional one-week study tour in Geneva exploring and networking with a range of international organisations.

Funding Information

For information about subject specific funding opportunities for courses in the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development please visit http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/692/study/1125/funders.

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Develop the skills and knowledge to produce meaningful social research with this challenging programme. Core modules will teach you how to turn social research issues and questions into workable research designs, as well as handling quantitative and qualitative data and issues such as ethics and funding applications. Read more
Develop the skills and knowledge to produce meaningful social research with this challenging programme.

Core modules will teach you how to turn social research issues and questions into workable research designs, as well as handling quantitative and qualitative data and issues such as ethics and funding applications. You’ll also have the chance to specialise through a choice of optional modules, allowing you to focus on research in topics such as disability studies, care, social policy analysis, criminology and evaluation of programmes and policies.

This taught programme has ESRC 1+3 training recognition, meaning it stands alone as an MA but will also prepare you for doctoral research in this dynamic field of scholarship. You’ll be well prepared to become a specialist social science researcher, supported by expert tutors across our active research centres and institutes.

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This degree allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of professional ethics, and what they mean for practitioners in the biomedical and healthcare sectors. Read more

Overview

This degree allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of professional ethics, and what they mean for practitioners in the biomedical and healthcare sectors.

You’ll learn about the ethical issues that arise across medicine and healthcare practice, but you’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you or suit your career aspirations. You’ll take modules on topics such as ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, autonomy and psychiatry, professional issues and allocating medical resources fairly, and focus on a topic of your choice to complete an independent dissertation.

We’re constantly developing the course and consulting with professionals working in the field, so our courses are informed by the most recent developments in practice. But you’ll be taught by active researchers with expertise in teaching ethics across medical disciplines, giving you the chance to engage with the latest academic arguments and debates.

The programme is designed for people who’ve never studied ethics or medical ethics, although we do also have applicants who have studied philosophy before. If you’re interested in thinking about key ethical issues in a reasoned and independent way, you’ll be able to explore big questions in the biomedical and healthcare spheres with the support of the Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre (IDEA).

Distance Learning

There is the option to study this degree online. There are no lectures or seminars and you won’t even have to attend Leeds at any point during the course, although if you can travel there may be chances to meet other students. Instead, you’ll used specially designed interactive teaching materials and participate in structured collaborative activities. You’ll contribute to discussion groups in our Virtual Learning Environment, so you can share experiences and perspectives with students from different backgrounds worldwide.

Study Options

You can also study this subject as a PGDip qualification where you take fewer modules overall. If you don’t have a degree, we usually ask you to register for the PGDip programme – you can upgrade to the MA if you progress successfully. Both the MA and PGDip can be studied part-time over 24 months, which may be of special interest to those who are working in related fields as part of their career development.

This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed three years of a UK medical degree (or international equivalent) and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study.

Course Content

In Semester 1 you’ll develop your understanding of key concepts and approaches in the study of ethics, as well as how it applies to the biomedical and healthcare fields. You’ll study developments and debates in healthcare ethics and the ethical issues at the beginning and end of life.

You’ll build on this knowledge in the following semester and apply it to the professional context, considering issues like the carer/patient relationship, consent and the roe of the conscience in professional practice. You’ll also explore questions surrounding the distribution of scarce medical resources and compulsion or coercion in cases of mental illness.

Throughout the programme you’ll develop your understanding as well as advanced skills in research and analysis. You’ll showcase this in your dissertation, when you focus on a specific topic of your choice, and submit your work before the end of the course in September.

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If you’re passionate about using theatre to help stimulate processes of change in the lives of individuals and communities then this is the course for you. Read more

Overview

If you’re passionate about using theatre to help stimulate processes of change in the lives of individuals and communities then this is the course for you.

You’ll gain the skills to become an applied theatre practitioner. Through practice and theory you will explore applied theatre in all of its forms including community theatre, theatre-in-education, theatre and health, prison theatre, theatre for development and the arts therapies.

You’ll gain a broad understanding of some of the wider issues faced by applied theatre practitioners including ethics, boundaries, evaluation, policy and funding and have the opportunity to apply your learning in a placement context.

Core modules will look at practice-based workshop techniques and the development of facilitation skills; concepts and theories underpinning applied theatre and interventionist practice; and research training. You will also choose from optional modules that will allow you to pursue your personal interests.

The degree is also available to study part-time over 24 months. The part-time MA may be of special interest to those who are working in related fields as part of their career development.

Facilities and Resources

On and off-campus, you’ll benefit from opportunities to get involved in various cultural activities. The School of Performance and Cultural Industries organises the annual Little Leeds Fringe Festival, a series of cultural events on campus giving you the chance to volunteer in the management and programming team. What’s more, you can join any of the student societies that run events, campaigns and productions throughout the year.

You’ll study in a city with a rich cultural life that’s also a hub for business and entrepreneurship – home to the Leeds International Film Festival and Leeds International Piano Competition, as well as a variety of galleries, museums, theatres and other cultural facilities.

Our purpose-built landmark building [email protected] houses two professional-standard and publicly licensed theatres that regularly host work by both students and visiting theatre companies – one of which is a technically advanced research facility.

Our School includes rehearsal rooms, two black-box studios, costume construction and wardrobe stores, a design studio and scenic workshop, video editing and sound recording suits as well as computer aided design.

Our links with external organisations are among our biggest strengths, giving you the chance to take performance to different environments outside of the university context. We’re always developing new relationships with partners in different contexts to offer you more opportunities to participate.

Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse, the National Media Museum, Leeds City Council, Red Ladder Theatre Company, Limehouse Productions, Phoenix Dance Theatre, the National Coal Mining Museum for England, HMP New Hall, Blah Blah Blah Theatre Company, the BBC and HMP Wetherby are all among our partners.

Course Content

Core modules allow you to develop the skills to facilitate workshops with different groups of people in a variety of contexts, along with an understanding of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of applied theatre practice, the key ideas within this practice and some of the complex issues that can arise.

As you progress through the course you will have the opportunity to apply your practical and theoretical learning within an applied theatre context through a placement. This may be with an established applied theatre organisation or in a setting where applied theatre is practiced such as a hospital, school or young offenders’ institute.

Alongside these modules you will develop research skills through a core module alongside students on other programmes within the school. You’ll explore a range of research methods and consider the roles and responsibilities of the researcher, ethics, data gathering and analysis. You are also able to choose an optional module to further pursue your own personal areas of interest.

In the latter part of the programme you will work closely with your supervisor to undertake a research project on a topic of your choice, allowing you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained. This could be a conventional written dissertation or a piece of practice-led research with a written commentary.

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