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We have recently developed our innovative Masters in Person-Centred Practice (PcP) Framework with a suite of course routes which place the values of person-centredness at their core. Read more
We have recently developed our innovative Masters in Person-Centred Practice (PcP) Framework with a suite of course routes which place the values of person-centredness at their core. These routes offer practitioners the opportunity to build upon their experience and develop an understanding of the knowledge and evidence that positively contributes to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups and populations. You can opt to study the route which best meets your professional background and future aspirations.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registered Nurses already working in, or wishing to work in, the community can undertake a specified group of modules that allows them to achieve a community qualification or registration recognised by the NMC in District Nursing, Health Visiting or School Nursing.

There are three core modules that enable you to obtain a PgCert. You will then study modules appropriate to your desired route.

The routes in the Person-Centred Practice Framework seek to influence and enable the transformative processes of personal and professional development through engagement, facilitation and evaluation of person-centred teaching and learning approaches. It is designed to meet the professional needs of practitioners from all disciplines working in a variety of different health and social care settings.

The Framework is innovative and interactive, emphasising application of theory to your practice context. It will enable you to critically engage with, evaluate and synthesise the evidence and research to promote the development and enhancement of person centred culture and practice. This develops a pro-active, transformative and reflective approach to meeting the public health and social needs of individuals, families, groups and populations.

You can personalise your learning to your own situation eg mental health, social care, infection control, acute care and community health. International students are particularly welcome as they offer a varied and different perspective to the context in which the learning occurs.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Our teaching, learning and assessment strategy is framed by our core philosophical concepts of personhood, person-centredness, human valuing, healthful relations, human potential and development, supportive and enabling environments. Central to this strategy is the need for learners to engage in the learning experiences, a readiness to listen and explore, preparedness to be open to experiences and a resolve to keep going. This environment will generate an ethos of engagement and criticality where students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support. We will achieve this learning environment through
a focus on three pillars of learning activity namely:

- Student-centred experiential and collaborative learning;
- Reflexivity and critical discourse;
- Sustainable and ethical evidence-based teaching.

Students will be supported to challenge their thinking, values and beliefs; through the posing of complex activities and questions, and develop resilient and sustainable approaches to their learning and practice in response to these. Critical to this process is the use of diverse knowledge, scholarly inquiry processes and evidence informed materials to engage and enliven the processes of learning.

Assessment strategies will encourage application to practice. In line with the framework’s philosophy, a wide range of sustainable strategies are used to ensure assessment diversity. This will be achieved through the use of varied strategies which draw on the student’s own areas of practice such as portfolio development, practice proposals, annotated bibliographies, simulation events, games, seminar presentations and self-determined contextual assignment topics. Tutor, peer and self-assessment, including within virtual environments (eg HUB@QMU, Values Exchange), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment.

For students undertaking NMC recognised specialist qualification and registration (District Nursing, Health Visiting, School Nursing), the course is 50% practice-based and requires placement in an approved practice with a Practice Teacher or Sign-off Mentor or Health Visitor Mentor. Placement will be negotiated with your supporting NHS area.

Teaching hours and attendance

Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Links with industry/professional bodies: The routes allow you to gain the higher level knowledge and skills required for advanced practice. It does not gain accreditation with the NMC unless students are undertaking the Specialist Practitioner Qualification in District Nursing or registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN)

All applicants for District Nursing must be on part 1 of the NMC register (adult). All applicants for Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) need to be on either part 1 of the NMC register (adult) and/ or be a registered midwife. It is recommended that applicants have completed a period of experience of sufficient length to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes and to have gained a deeper understanding in relevant professional practice; have a degree and access to practice placement and Practice Teacher/Sign-off Mentor or Health Visitor Mentor.

Other entry requirement information

International: Where your degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Criminal records check: For students undertaking NMC approved qualifications a satisfactory criminal records check will be required. Compliance with the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and mental health legislation for clinical placement and employability in statutory services, for work with children and in other sensitive areas of employment.

Modules

Core modules: Theory and Practice of Child and Family Centred Health and Social Care/ Leading Professional Practice/ Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice

Route specific modules: Childhood Development (30 credits)/ Child Protection (30 credits)

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We have recently developed our innovative Masters in Person-Centred Practice (PcP) Framework with a suite of course routes which place the values of person-centredness at their core. Read more
We have recently developed our innovative Masters in Person-Centred Practice (PcP) Framework with a suite of course routes which place the values of person-centredness at their core. These routes offer practitioners the opportunity to build upon their experience and develop an understanding of the knowledge and evidence that positively contributes to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups and populations. You can opt to study the route which best meets your professional background and future aspirations.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registered Nurses already working in, or wishing to work in, the community can undertake a specified group of modules that allows them to achieve a community qualification or registration recognised by the NMC in District Nursing, Health Visiting or School Nursing.

There are three core modules that enable you to obtain a PgCert. You will then study modules appropriate to your desired route.

The routes in the Person-Centred Practice Framework seek to influence and enable the transformative processes of personal and professional development through engagement, facilitation and evaluation of person-centred teaching and learning approaches. It is designed to meet the professional needs of practitioners from all disciplines working in a variety of different health and social care settings.

The Framework is innovative and interactive, emphasising application of theory to your practice context. It will enable you to critically engage with, evaluate and synthesise the evidence and research to promote the development and enhancement of person centred culture and practice. This develops a pro-active, transformative and reflective
approach to meeting the public health and social needs of individuals, families, groups and populations.

You can personalise your learning to your own situation eg mental health, social care, infection control, acute care and community health. International students are particularly welcome as they offer a varied and different perspective to the context in which the learning occurs.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Our teaching, learning and assessment strategy is framed by our core philosophical concepts of personhood, person-centredness, human valuing, healthful relations, human potential and development, supportive and enabling environments. Central to this strategy is the need for learners to engage in the learning experiences, a readiness to listen and explore, preparedness to be open to experiences and a resolve to keep going. This environment will generate an ethos of engagement and criticality where students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support. We will achieve this learning environment through
a focus on three pillars of learning activity namely:

- Student-centred experiential and collaborative learning;
- Reflexivity and critical discourse;
- Sustainable and ethical evidence-based teaching.

Students will be supported to challenge their thinking, values and beliefs; through the posing of complex activities and questions, and develop resilient and sustainable approaches to their learning and practice in response to these. Critical to this process is the use of diverse knowledge, scholarly inquiry processes and evidence informed materials to engage and enliven the processes of learning.

Assessment strategies will encourage application to practice. In line with the framework’s philosophy, a wide range of sustainable strategies are used to ensure assessment diversity. This will be achieved through the use of varied strategies which draw on the student’s own areas of practice such as portfolio development, practice proposals, annotated bibliographies, simulation events, games, seminar presentations and self-determined contextual assignment topics. Tutor, peer and self-assessment, including within virtual environments (eg HUB@QMU, Values Exchange), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment.

For students undertaking NMC recognised specialist qualification and registration (District Nursing, Health Visiting, School Nursing), the course is 50% practice-based and requires placement in an approved practice with a Practice Teacher or Sign-off Mentor or Health Visitor Mentor. Placement will be negotiated with your supporting NHS area.

Teaching hours an attendance

Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Links with professional bodies

The routes allow you to gain the higher level knowledge and skills required for advanced practice. It does not gain accreditation with the NMC unless students are undertaking the Specialist Practitioner Qualification in District Nursing or registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN).

Modules

Core modules: Theory and Practice of Child and Family Centred Health and Social Care/ Leading Professional Practice/ Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice

Route specific modules: Advancing Person-centred Specialist Practice A&B (30 credits)/ Advancing Approaches to Patient Assessment (15 credits)/ Community Nurse V100 Prescribing (15 credits)

Other entry requirement information

International: Where your degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0

Criminal records check: For students undertaking NMC approved qualifications a satisfactory criminal records check will be required. Compliance with the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and mental health legislation for clinical placement and employability in statutory services, for work with children and in other sensitive areas of employment.

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We have recently developed our innovative Masters in Person-Centred Practice (PcP) Framework with a suite of course routes which place the values of person-centredness at their core. Read more
We have recently developed our innovative Masters in Person-Centred Practice (PcP) Framework with a suite of course routes which place the values of person-centredness at their core. These routes offer practitioners the opportunity to build upon their experience and develop an understanding of the knowledge and evidence that positively contributes to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups and populations. You can opt to study the route which best meets your professional background and future aspirations.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registered Nurses already working in, or wishing to work in, the community can undertake a specified group of modules that allows them to achieve a community qualification or registration recognised by the NMC in District Nursing, Health Visiting or School Nursing.

There are three core modules that enable you to obtain a PgCert. You will then study modules appropriate to your desired route.

The routes in the Person-Centred Practice Framework seek to influence and enable the transformative processes of personal and professional development through engagement, facilitation and evaluation of person-centred teaching and learning approaches. It is designed to meet the professional needs of practitioners from all disciplines working in a variety of different health and social care settings.

The Framework is innovative and interactive, emphasising application of theory to your practice context. It will enable you to critically engage with, evaluate and synthesise the evidence and research to promote the development and enhancement of person centred culture and practice. This develops a pro-active, transformative and reflective approach to meeting the public health and social needs of individuals, families, groups and populations.

You can personalise your learning to your own situation eg mental health, social care, infection control, acute care and community health. International students are particularly welcome as they offer a varied and different perspective to the context in which the learning occurs.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our teaching, learning and assessment strategy is framed by our core philosophical concepts of personhood, person-centredness, human valuing, healthful relations, human potential and development, supportive and enabling environments. Central to this strategy is the need for learners to engage in the learning experiences, a readiness to listen and explore, preparedness to be open to
experiences and a resolve to keep going. This environment will generate an ethos of engagement and criticality where students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support. We will achieve this learning environment through a focus on three pillars of learning activity namely:

- Student-centred experiential and collaborative learning;
- Reflexivity and critical discourse;
- Sustainable and ethical evidence-based teaching.

Students will be supported to challenge their thinking, values and beliefs; through the posing of complex activities and questions, and develop resilient and sustainable approaches to their learning and practice in response to these. Critical to this process is the use of diverse knowledge, scholarly inquiry processes and evidence informed materials to engage and enliven the processes of learning.

Assessment strategies will encourage application to practice. In line with the framework’s philosophy, a wide range of sustainable strategies are used to ensure assessment diversity. This will be achieved through the use of varied strategies which draw on the student’s own areas of practice such as portfolio development, practice proposals, annotated bibliographies, simulation events, games, seminar presentations and self-determined contextual assignment topics. Tutor, peer and self-assessment, including within virtual environments (eg HUB@QMU, Values Exchange), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment.

For students undertaking NMC recognised specialist qualification and registration (District Nursing, Health Visiting, School Nursing), the course is 50% practice-based and requires placement in an approved practice with a Practice Teacher or Sign-off Mentor or Health Visitor Mentor. Placement will be negotiated with your supporting NHS area.

Teaching hours and attendance

Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Links with professional bodies

The routes allow you to gain the higher level knowledge and skills required for advanced practice. It does not gain accreditation with the NMC unless students are undertaking the Specialist Practitioner Qualification in District Nursing or registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN)

Modules

Core modules: Theory and Practice of Child and Family Centred Health and Social Care/ Leading Professional Practice/ Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice

Route specific modules: Childhood Development (15 or 30 credits)/ Child Protection (30 credits)/ Community Nurse Prescribing V100 (15 credits option)

Other entry requirements information

International: Where your degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Criminal records check: For students undertaking NMC approved qualifications a satisfactory criminal records check will be required. Compliance with the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and mental health legislation for clinical placement and employability in statutory services, for work with children and in other sensitive areas of employment.

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Within the health and care professions, the demand for evidence-based practice has led to an increasing need for high-quality. research to underpin practice. Read more
Within the health and care professions, the demand for evidence-based practice has led to an increasing need for high-quality
research to underpin practice. A Master of Clinical Research will provide graduates with the education and experience necessary in order to plan and undertake health-related, or clinically-based research.

This multi-disciplinary course aims to provide a broad, foundational research training for nurses, midwives and other
health and care professionals who wish to develop careers in clinical or academic research as well as those who may wish to continue on to doctoral studies. The course will focus on preparing students to undertake projects relevant to their practice through the development of skills and knowledge in research methodologies, project management, research governance and evidence-based practice.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course will comprise of two 30-credit taught modules - Research Methods and Applied Research - plus an extended research project. These modules will focus on research methodologies, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, research
ethics, patient and public involvement, research governance, project management and disseminating research. The two taught modules will incorporate a range of teaching and learning activities which will be underpinned by the assumption that the adult learners on this course will already possess transferable skills and knowledge related to evidence-based practice. Considerable use will be made of the virtual learning environment through which students will be supported to develop their autonomy and self-direction in terms of learning further. Central to this will be the development of a community of practice through which students will support each
other to develop their research skills. Within this context, students will have the opportunity to engage with diverse teaching and learning activities which can include lectures, tutorials, asynchronous online discussions, collaborative working towards group presentations and/or seminar production, case study analysis, individual presentations and directed study. A key aspect of course is the research project. Assessment of the project will be staged, providing students with opportunities for formative feedback throughout. The final assessment will focus on the dissemination of the study findings in such a way as to have the maximum possible influence on practice.

Teaching hours and attendance

Research Methods classes run weekly during semester one and may be accessed either face-to-face or by distance learning. Applied Research classes run fortnightly over semesters one and two and are delivered face-to-face. During the research project, you will have up to 20 hours of one-to-one support from your supervisor.

Modules

30 credits: Research Methods / Applied Research
120 credits: Extended Research Project.

Careers

A non-medical clinical academic has been defined as a nurse, midwife or allied health professional who concurrently undertakes both clinical practice and research. A key aspect of their research is that it is focused on providing effective, quality healthcare services. Clinical academics will work within, and contribute to, an environment that will lead the way in achieving excellence in healthcare and health outcomes through evidence-based practice.

The introduction of our Master of Clinical Research, intended to support the development of clinical academics, will contribute to meeting this need. The Non- Medical Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) Clinical Academic Research Career Framework recommends this type of MRes education for those in the early stages of a clinical academic career and therefore the course will fit well with identified training needs of the NMAHP professions. Graduates may go on to develop research in their own practice areas, or continue to doctoral level studies.

Quick Facts

■■ This course provides students with the skills to develop a career in clinical or academic research.
■■ Students can focus their studies on their own area of clinical interest while working in highly supportive peer groups.
■■ The extended research project allows students to address questions that are clinically relevant.

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This course is for health professionals and those interested in working in global health. Read more
This course is for health professionals and those interested in working in global health. The course will equip you to work at a senior level to promote the sexual and reproductive health and social wellbeing of people, especially those living in low and middle income countries, through the development of effective, contexualised sexual and reproductive health policies, services and interventions.

The course has been designed in response to the increasing need for personnel of governments, international health institutions and non-governmental organisations to be trained to support development in this key area. This course focuses on the social and political issues influencing sexual and reproductive health, with a special focus on low and middle income countries. It focuses on integration of theory and practice and enables you to draw on your experience, develop critical thinking skills and widen your perspective on current and historical sexual and reproductive health issues.

While taught sessions, tutorials and group work encourage participative learning, the self-directed learning associated with module assignments will provide you with opportunities to explore topics and issues that are of particular interest to you. Please note that this is not a clinical training programme.

For their dissertation project, students often collaborate with sexual and reproductive health providers and organisations. In the past, these have included: Caledonia Youth, Edinburgh; the Scotland-Malawi Partnership; and Reach Out Mbuya, provider of HIV services in Uganda.

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects and a field visit to a sexual and reproductive health service provider in Scotland. Assessment is continuous and incorporates a range of assignments including written essays, projects and oral presentations.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Modules usually require 2 sessions of 3 hours in class plus around 10-12 hours of work each week consisting of preparatory class work with colleagues and on web based learning platforms as well as independent study. Subsequent to class contact, 3 weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.

Modules

MSc
15 credits: Global Health and Social Policy/ Researching Global Health and Development/ Health Systems/ Research Design and Proposal Writing (distance) or Qualitative Research Methods/ Sexual and Reproductive Health/ Gender, Health and Development
You will also study one 15 credit elective module.
If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits)

PgCert:
15 credits: Sexual and Reproductive Health/ Gender, Health and Development/ plus two elective modules. Additional elective modules available. Please contact for details.

Careers

You will be well equipped to work as an international health practitioner, senior health manager or policy maker in particular in low/
middle income countries. Graduates have attained positions such as: health programme manager; project consultant; human resources
manager; donor agency health advisor and a variety of advanced positions within home ministries and educational institutions.

Quick Facts

Broadens your perspective on a range of sexual and reproductive health issues (e.g. maternal mortality, unsafe abortion, infertility),
paying special attention to politics, gender and inequalities.

Offers a unique opportunity to discuss sexual and reproductive health in low, middle and high income settings in an extremely
diverse and international group of students.

Equips you with insight into rights-based approaches and skills to critique and develop sexual and reproductive policies, services
and interventions.

Santander Scholarships

2 x £5,000 scholarships could be available for international students undertaking a course within the IGHD. Visit http://www. qmu.ac.uk/international/ fees_funding.htm for more information

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This course is for individuals working, or planning to work, in developing and transitional countries or applicants with experience in NGOs or other relevant experience. Read more
This course is for individuals working, or planning to work, in developing and transitional countries or applicants with experience in NGOs or other relevant experience. It will equip you to work effectively at a senior level to promote the health and social wellbeing of populations in low, middle income and transitional countries through the development of effective and responsive health systems. Participants are typically drawn from health ministries and the NGO sector.

Our MSc in Global Health allows you to adopt specialised pathways focusing on health systems, human resources for health or humanitarian emergencies/post-conflict recovery.

Global health is a multidisciplinary field of study that takes a global perspective on the state of people’s health, and enhances knowledge and implementation of effective intervention strategies through a systematic examination of health problems, their determinants, and their solutions around the world. It examines the drivers of global health policy and determinants of health in disadvantaged populations.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching is comprised of a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans, projects and examinations. For their dissertation projects, students can chose to collect desk-based studies or conduct primary data collection in collaboration with national or international organisations working in health and development

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on-campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules usually require two sessions of three hours in class plus around 10-12 hours of work each week consisting of preparatory class work with colleagues and on web based learning platforms as well as independent study. Subsequent to class contact, 3 weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.

Modules

Global Health and Social Policy/ Researching Global Health and Development/ Global Public Health/ Either Social Development Policy and Practice or Health Systems/: Either Qualitative Research Methods Or Research Design and Proposal Writing (distance) You will also study three 15 credit elective modules.
If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).
Additional elective modules available. Please contact for details

Careers

As a graduate you will be well-equipped to work as an international health practitioner or as a senior health manager or policy maker in a developing country or one in economic transition. Graduates have attained such positions as: health programme manager; humanitarian co-ordinator; civil society programme manager; research and advocacy officer; donor agency health advisor and a variety of advanced positions within home ministries and educational institutions.

Quick Facts

Global health is a multidisciplinary field of study that takes an international perspective on the state of people's health in low and middle income countries and transitional economies.
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Focus is on the social determinants of health and strategies for addressing poor health outcomes.
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You will be equipped with multidisciplinary approaches, evidence and skills for careers in health planning, management and policy advice.

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Public health nutrition is a new and interesting subject area that concentrates on achieving a sound knowledge in nutrition and public health providing participants with the expertise to work in a variety of settings to promote nutrition for the benefit of public health. Read more
Public health nutrition is a new and interesting subject area that concentrates on achieving a sound knowledge in nutrition and public health providing participants with the expertise to work in a variety of settings to promote nutrition for the benefit of public health. A public health nutritionist influences food selection and eating behaviour of a population, based on research and national dietary guidelines. Public health nutritionists can expect to find themselves in advisory and policy/advocacy roles as well as engaged in research in the UK and internationally.

This course will allow graduates of biological sciences to build on their knowledge, and aims to promote the critical appraisal of the theory and application of public health nutrition, and nutrition policy planning and practice, to improve the health of the population through nutrition.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The emphasis is on independent problem-based learning where your previous knowledge and skills are used to develop an understanding in the new subject areas you will be studying. The course is taught using a variety of interactive learning methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, laboratories, group work, role-play and interactive computer sessions.

Development of interpersonal skills and professional skills and attitudes are also a major focus of the learning and teaching programme. Learning activities are guided using web-based programmes. The course is modular and each module is assessed mainly by course work, except for one examination in Food and Nutrition. Normally, there are approximately 12 students on this course but some modules are shared with the MSc Dietetics which can result in a class of no more than 24 students. These small class sizes ensure that students receive excellent support and benefit from sharing their experiences with classmates.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. It is estimated that each module will require 150 hours of your time. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Links with industry/professional bodies

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. This enables graduates to register with the Association for Nutrition as an Associate Nutritionist.

Modules

15 credits: Food and Nutrition/ Principles of Nutrition Science/ Food Policy and Planning/ Public Health Nutrition/ Epidemiology/ Clinical Sciences/ Research Methods/ Detriments for Health

If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Careers

Opportunities exist for public health nutritionists in the following areas: public health; health promotion (specialising in nutrition); government advisory posts; food companies; research; health media and pharmaceutical industry.

Quick Facts

- Lecturers are experienced registered nutritionists who are research active.
- The full MSc is accredited with the Association for Nutrition (AFN), UK.
- The broad range of staff research skills in Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences offer students a wide range of MSc dissertation topics.

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This course is for people who have an interest in the complex policy and practice issues in diverse settings affected by conflict or countries emerging from conflict. Read more
This course is for people who have an interest in the complex policy and practice issues in diverse settings affected by conflict or countries emerging from conflict. Emphasis will be given to: the concepts of vulnerability and resilience of individuals; households and their interaction with health and social structures in the context of forced migration; the range of actors involved during the humanitarian crisis and transitional period; and the alternative approaches to psychosocial protection of individuals and communities. The objective is to identify needs of diverse stakeholders and formulate effective and appropriate programmatic responses.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans and projects.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules usually require two sessions of three hours in class plus around 10-12 hours of work each week consisting of preparatory class work with colleagues and on web based learning platforms as well as independent study. Subsequent to class contact, 3 weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.

Modules

15 credits: Strengthening Health and Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-affected States/: Either Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations – (Distance) OR Global Mental Health & Psychosocial Wellbeing/ Independent study.
You will also study one 15 credit elective module
Additional elective modules available. Please contact for details.

Careers

The course is suitable for those seeking to address health and social issues in complex emergencies or work in post-conflict or politically unstable environments. Former IGHD students work as programmes managers at Humanitarian Accountability Project; Islamic Relief; Medecins Sans Frontieres UNHCR and other related UN and NGO agencies.

Quick Facts

Offers an opportunity to examine the impact of conflict and complex emergencies on health and wellbeing and the effectiveness of the humanitarian response.
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Integrates diverse perspectives from different stakeholders (state, UN, NGOs, community) to formulate response to identified needs, with emphasis on conflict-affected countries.
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Applied and practical learning of frameworks and tools for use in responding to psychosocial protection of individuals and communities.

Santander Scholarships

2 x £5,000 scholarships could be available for international students undertaking a course within the IGHD. Visit http://www. qmu.ac.uk/international/ fees_funding.htm for more information

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This course is for people who are seeking to work in social development, and to examine the opportunities and constraints created in the wider community in relation to the goal of attaining better health of a population. Read more
This course is for people who are seeking to work in social development, and to examine the opportunities and constraints created in the wider community in relation to the goal of attaining better health of a population. This includes local health planners, community health staff, health promoters and community workers addressing health improvement.

The course focuses on: analysing the relationship between gender, health and development; identifying the many opportunities and constraints related to the social development of a community; appraisal of the impact of such opportunities and constraints on a planned health project or programme; and the effective planning and implementation of health and social interventions.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans and projects.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules usually require two sessions of three hours in class plus around 10-12 hours of work each week consisting of preparatory class work with colleagues and on web based learning platforms as well as independent study. Subsequent to class contact, 3 weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.

Modules

15 credits: Gender, Health and Development/ Project Design and Management/ Two from elective modules. Please contact for details

Careers

Former IGHD students work in a variety of settings including as Health Advisors for Save the Children UK and Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières, Senior Coordinator for International Operations at Partners in Health, Policy Development Officer in Scottish NGOs, Public Health Policy Worker for first nation communities in northern Canada, humanitarian workers for Islamic Relief, Internships at WHO as well as progressing to PhD studies.

Quick Facts

Focus on the impact of social development including globalisation, inequality, poverty, role of civil society and gender relations with health and wellbeing.

Applied and practical learning of frameworks and tools for use in planning and implementing health and social programmes in resource poor and middle income countries.

Teaching and learning is student centred, drawing on the experiences of what is normally an extremely diverse and international group of students.

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This online course reviews recent developments in the field of psychosocial programming in humanitarian contexts and examines the evidence-base for effective, quality programming. Read more

Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations by Distance Learning - Short Course

This online course reviews recent developments in the field of psychosocial programming in humanitarian contexts and examines the evidence-base for effective, quality programming. It is suitable for professional development both for those wishing to explore this rapidly developing area of humanitarian response and for those with significant experience in the field who wish to consolidate their understanding of effective practice.

The material builds upon the substantial research, field experience and networks of the two course facilitators, Professor Alastair Ager and Dr Rebecca Horn, to create a lively, interactive learning approach that draws upon the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our global participants.

Participants registered on the course will work through ten units of material – featuring readings, narrated PowerPoints, videos etc. - over a six week period. A discussion board provides a context for interaction between participants as well as with course facilitators. Those wishing to gain academic credit for study will then complete a written assignment.

Course Dates: 27 February to 07 April 2017

The content of the module will include:

1: The Developing Field of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
2: The MHPSS Guidelines
3: Current Policy and Practice Developments:
4: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Child Friendly Spaces
5: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Gender, Conflict and Displacement
6: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Community-Based Approaches
7: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Mainstreaming into Other Sectors
8: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Humanitarian Staff Care
9: Design, Monitoring and Evaluation of Psychosocial Programming
10: Capacity Building for Psychosocial Support

All units involve discussion of principles and frameworks, evidence-base and emerging best practice.

Credit Rating: 15 SCOTCAT/5 ECTS

Participants of the professional development courses will receive a certificate of attendance from the Institute.

However, participants wishing to gain an award may register for a post graduate certificate. The modules are then taken for credit on a part-time basis each year. A PG Cert requires 60 credits and a post graduate diploma requires 120 credits. If you do a dissertation in addition to the short courses, you will gain 180 credits.

If you register for an award, you can have up to 4 years for a PG Cert, 5 years for a PG Dip and 7 years for a MSc to complete in part-time mode.

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This course is for graduates of biological sciences who want to extend their studies into the professional field of dietetics. Dietetics is the management of diseases that are amenable to dietary intervention and the prevention of nutrition related disorders. Read more
This course is for graduates of biological sciences who want to extend their studies into the professional field of dietetics.

Dietetics is the management of diseases that are amenable to dietary intervention and the prevention of nutrition related disorders. A dietitian influences food selection and eating behaviour of an individual based on specific nutritional or food requirements.

With a clinical and health promotion focus, this course includes three blocks of integrated practice placements of 4, 12 and 12 weeks duration within a hospital and/or primary care setting.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The emphasis is on student-centred learning where your previous knowledge and skills are used to develop your new subject area. Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes and are guided using web-based supported materials.

You will also attend three practical placements to enable the integration of theoretical knowledge with practical experience. A variety of assessment methods are used across the course. Normally, there are 12 - 15 students on this course. This ensures that individuals receive excellent support and benefit from sharing their experiences with classmates.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module is equivalent to a notional 150 hours of work which is made up of attendance in class and independent work. The structure of each module is different with different attendance requirements for each timetabled module. Over an average semester the expectation is that during 14 weeks of teaching this will equate to approx. 40 hours per week of student effort (contact classes plus independent study time). Students normally complete the course via a full time route but part-time routes are available and can be discussed with the Programme Leader. All placements are completed on a full-time basis normally Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.

Links with industry/professional bodies

This course provides eligibility to apply for registration as a dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council. It is also accredited by the British Dietetic Association.

Modules

15 credits: Food and Nutrition/ Principles of Nutrition Science/ Clinical Sciences/ Therapeutic Interventions/ Professional Studies/ Professional Practice/ Evaluation of Practice/ Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetics.
You will also carry out practice placements, which you must pass but which do not carry any credit.

If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Careers

Career prospects on completion of the course are varied. Most graduates normally choose to work within the NHS as dietitians. Others will work in health education, health promotion, general practice, private healthcare and government advisory posts. Opportunities also exist in the food and pharmaceutical industries in, for example: food labelling; nutrient profiling; product and recipe development; product evaluation and special diet foods. Some graduates may apply for the opportunity to study for a higher degree (MPhil or PhD).

Quick Facts

- The PgDip/MSc Dietetics course is well established, extremely popular, and well respected throughout the profession and has good graduate employability rates.
- The teaching team includes four registered dietitians who have strong links with the dietetic profession both within Scotland and across the UK.
- The University'’s clinically relevant research along with the broad range of experience of the teaching team ensures that the course remains current.

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We have recently added a suite of new course routes which focus on person centred practice (PCP). The routes are for practitioners who are looking to build on their experience and develop the higher level knowledge and skills required for advanced practice. Read more
We have recently added a suite of new course routes which focus on person centred practice (PCP). The routes are for practitioners who are looking to build on their experience and develop the higher level knowledge and skills required for advanced practice. You can opt to study the route which best meets your professional background and future aspirations.

The MSc Person-Centred Practice (PcP) is for all healthcare practitioners.

The routes offer practitioners working in a variety of contexts, the opportunity to develop deep and critical understandings of different sources of knowledge and of research evidence that contribute to the health and well-being of persons, groups and populations in a way that is consistent with the values of person-centredness. It seeks to influence and enable the transformative processes of personal and professional development through engagement, facilitation and evaluation of person-centred teaching and learning approaches. It is designed to meet the professional needs of practitioners from all disciplines working in a variety of different health and social care settings.

The course is innovative and interactive, emphasising application of theory to your practice context. It will enable you to critically engage with, evaluate and synthesise the evidence and research to promote the development and enhancement of personcentred culture and practice. This develops a pro-active, transformative and reflective approach to meeting the public health and social needs of individuals, families, groups and populations.

You can personalise your learning to your own situation eg mental health, social care, infection control, acute care and community health. International students are particularly welcome as they offer a varied and different perspective to the context in which the learning occurs.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Our teaching, learning and assessment strategy is framed by our core philosophical concepts of personhood, person-centredness, human valuing, healthful relations, human potential and development, supportive and enabling environments. Central to this strategy is the need for learners to engage in the learning experiences, a readiness to listen and explore; preparedness to be open to experiences and a resolve to keep going. This environment will generate an ethos of engagement and criticality where students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support. We will achieve this learning environment through a focus on three pillars of learning activity namely:
• Student-centred experiential and collaborative learning;
• Reflexivity and critical discourse;
• Sustainable and ethical evidence-based teaching.

Students will be supported to challenge their thinking, values and beliefs; through the posing of complex activities and questions, and develop resilient and sustainable approaches to their learning and practice in response to these. Critical to this process is the use of diverse knowledge, scholarly inquiry processes and evidence informed materials to engage and enliven
the processes of learning.

Assessment strategies will encourage application to practice. In line with the framework’s philosophy, a wide range of sustainable strategies are used to ensure assessment diversity. This will be achieved through the use of varied strategies which draw on the student’s own areas of practice such as portfolio development, practice proposals, annotated bibliographies, simulation events, games, seminar presentations and self-determined contextual assignment topics. Tutor, peer and self-assessment, including within virtual environments (eg HUB@QMU, Values Exchange), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment.

MODULES

Core modules:

Theory and Practice of Person-Centred Health and Social Care/ Leading Professional Practice/ Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice

If studying for the MSc, you will undertake a further 60 credits from an array of modules that include:
Developing Professional Practice (15, 30 or 45 credits), Practice Development for Person-centred Cultures (15 credits), Health and Wellbeing for the Individual and the Team (15 credits), Independent study (15 or 30 credits). Advancing Approaches to Patient Assessment (15 credits).

To obtain an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting, but are subject to change. Please continue to check the QMU website or contact one of the team for updates.

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This course is for health and social care professionals working with patients requiring palliative care and their families. It has been developed in partnership with St Columba’s Hospice by an interdisciplinary planning team. Read more
This course is for health and social care professionals working with patients requiring palliative care and their families. It has been developed in partnership with St Columba’s Hospice by an interdisciplinary planning team. It has been designed to prepare experienced practitioners from all disciplines involved in the care of patients and families at the end of life for advanced roles in palliative care. It is relevant to those providing specialist or generalist palliative care. Practitioners may be in posts involving clinical practice, research, management and/or education. The course is based on the belief that palliative care is interdisciplinary and therefore requires interdisciplinary education

Teaching, learning and assessment

The teaching and learning approaches used encourage you to be independent and participative learners using a blended approach with face to face and online using the Hub at QMU. These approaches, for example, will engage you in modified lectures, problem-based learning, small group discussion and communication skills rehearsal. Assessment methods include case study analysis, poster presentation, collaborative presentation and portfolio. While as a postgraduate student you will predominantly be working independently, there is a strong structure for academic support. Normally, there are fewer than 20 students in the class. This ensures that individuals receive excellent support and benefit from interaction with other students.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each taught specialist module requires approximately five days of attendance at the St Columba’s Hospice Education Centre. Other modules have different study patterns. The Hospice Education Team would be delighted to discuss the time commitment with you.

Modules

Core modules (both 15 credits) : Supporting the Patient and Family in Palliative Care/Developing Advanced Communication Skills in Palliative Care

For those in a clinical role, you will also complete: Working with People with Complex Pain and Symptoms/ Shadows and Horizons: Advancing Palliative Care Practice (15 credits) OR another 15 credit module from the QMU Person-centred Practice Framework.

For those in a non-clinical role, you will also complete: Shadows and Horizons: Advancing Palliative Care Practice (15 credits) AND one further 15 credit module from the PcP Framework.

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This course will attract people holding an undergraduate honours degree who may want to change career to become an occupational therapist. Read more
This course will attract people holding an undergraduate honours degree who may want to change career to become an occupational therapist. It is an intensive course of study which will develop theoretical, analytical, practical and evaluative and reasoning skills.

Occupational therapists assess people’s disengagement from their occupations and provide ways for them to re-engage in their occupational roles or provide alternatives in order to improve their quality of life. Modules reflect the nature of occupational therapy, which is concerned with the relationship between people’s occupations and their health. The course prepares graduates to work in diverse practice contexts.

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course uses a wide range of learning and teaching methods, focusing on the person-centred nature of the work of an occupational therapist. Problem-based learning using case studies is a major feature with students working independently and collaboratively. Your performance will be assessed by a variety of methods including case studies, essays, projects and presentations. Practice education forms a core element of the course and your personal performance is also assessed. There are four placements in total (placement 1 – full-time 6 weeks, Placement 2 – part-time 17 weeks, placement 3 – part-time 14 weeks, Placement 4 – part-time 17
weeks). There may be additional travel costs for all placements and an accommodation cost for placement 1.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. The PgDip academic modules require you to attend from 9.15am – 6.15pm.

You should be aware that services may operate over seven working days. Placement may involve evening and weekend attendance. All students are required to purchase professional indemnity insurance.

Links with industry/professional bodies

You can apply for membership of the College of Occupational Therapists and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as an occupational therapist.

Modules

30 credits: Foundations and Skills for Practice/Analysis and Assessment/ Intervention and Evaluation/ Preparation for Practice in a Changing Context

You will also complete 30 credit undergraduate level professional practice placements 1, 2, 3 & 4 (1000 hours in total) in order to be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete Research Methods (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Careers

Occupational therapists are employed in a diverse range of settings e.g. NHS Education, community based settings, social services centres, general practice surgeries, third sector and in private practice. Outwith the UK, graduates of this course have gone on to work in Hong Kong, Australia, E rope, Canada, the USA and New Zealand.

Quick Facts

- Innovative teaching methods appropriate to adult postgraduate learners.
- Small cohort of 20-30 students working closely and collaboratively with staff.
- The PgDip/MSc qualification is recognised worldwide and will prepare you to work in national contexts. International students may be required to sit an exam to work in their home country.
- This is a World Federation of Occupational Therapists recognised course.

Entry requirements

- Evidence of a first degree at honours level 2:2 or above in an appropriate area including; Health, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Education or Humanities.
- International applicants with an ordinary degree will be considered if their degree is comparable to a UK honours degree.
- Other degrees where there is evidence of a written dissertation are considered.
- Evidence of knowledge and commitment to Occupational Therapy as a positive career choice.
- Evidence of a written research project, a research module or research experience.
- Evidence of direct contact and responsibility with marginalised people or those with impairments in a personal, paid or voluntary capacity, for a minimum of 6 months in a health, social care, education or third sector context.
- Mature applicants who have graduated more than ten years ago will be considered if they have experience and evidence of equivalent CPD.
- Mature applicants who have graduated more than ten years ago will be considered with the condition that they engage in a module at master’'s level study if they do not have equivalent CPD.
- Two satisfactory references.

International: All international applicants for admission to a taught postgraduate programme offered by the University, must demonstrate competence in English at a standard equivalent to the international English Language Testing System (IELTS) at an aggregated grade of 6.5 or above, with at least 6.0 in each band.
In order to be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council, (HCPC) and practise as an occupational therapist in the United Kingdom applicants will be required to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to level 7 of the international English Language Testing System, (IELTS), with no element below 6.5.

Interview: All applicants are subject to a group interview, occurring twice a year at Queen Margaret University, normally in May and August in advance of commencement of the academic year in September. Alternative arrangements can be made for those unable to attend.

Criminal records check: A satisfactory Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme Certificate (or International Equivalent).

Medical certificate: A satisfactory signed Health Declaration is required.

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This course is suitable for occupational therapists who wish to develop knowledge of the evidence-base in practice and to develop their critical thinking, clinical reasoning and understanding of research further. Read more
This course is suitable for occupational therapists who wish to develop knowledge of the evidence-base in practice and to develop their critical thinking, clinical reasoning and understanding of research further. It is suitable for occupational therapists from a wide range of settings and will support students to change career direction to advanced practitioner, education, research or management.

The flexible nature of the course allows you to design a programme relevant to you and your career path, creating an intellectually stimulating opportunity for you to develop academic knowledge and research skills which will enhance your practice. As well as core modules, you will select topics and themes which are of specific interest to you.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The learning experience promotes independent and student-led study. This encourages the student to use library, web and other resources to seek out information. Assessment on this course will be carried out through a variety of strategies such as drawing on the student’s own practice experiences. It also includes case based work, presentations, essays, systematic and literature reviews, a research proposal outline, and development of a learning contract.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time. Some modules are also available by distance learning.

Modules

To gain an MSc, you will need 180 credits.

30 credits: Research Methods

60 credits: Dissertation

90 credits (of which 60 must be core/ specialist OT modules from:

Developing Professional Practice Through Work-Based Learning (part-time students) (15/30/45 credits)/ Specialist Practice through Independent Study (30 credits)/ Specialist Practice Through Independent Study (15/30 credits)/ Integrating Theory into Occupational Therapy Practice (15 credits)/ Vocational Rehabilitation and Health-Related Employability: Policy and Evaluation(15 credits)/ Vocational Rehabilitation and Health-Related Employability: Policy and Strategies (15 credits)

Quick Facts

- You choose your topic for most of the modules offered.
- This is a highly flexible course in terms of delivery and duration.
- Specific modules can be selected for your Continuing Professional Development studies.

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