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MSc Psychological Approaches to Health & Management

Course Description

Course Summary

Specifically designed for health professionals, students with a health-related academic background or graduates from other disciplines who want to pursue a career in primary mental health, this course will equip you with a range of managerial skills and clinical knowledge.

You will also develop an understanding of the main models and theories in the field of occupational and health psychology, gain insights into the relationship between psychology and other disciplines in the human sciences, and deepen your knowledge of the research skills required by people working in a practice setting.

Choose Psychological Approaches to Health and Management MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study advanced communication and counselling skills, learn to assess the needs of patients and clients in primary care settings, and discover how to meet the training and development needs of other professionals who work in health settings
- Explore the role of psychology in health contexts and other work environments, and see how psychologists work in relation to other areas of applied psychology and other professional groups
- Develop a systematic and critical understanding of the different theoretical and methodological approaches relevant to perceptions and behaviour related to health and mental health
- Gain skills in sophisticated research methods, statistical analysis techniques and the reporting of results using both quantitative and qualitative methods
- Benefit from advanced management skills and acquire the ability to take on highly responsible health-based administrative roles.

Why choose this course?

This unique course is designed to provide a postgraduate degree encompassing both psychology and aspects of human resource management. It covers important issues in health psychology and organisations such as occupational health, psychometric assessment and stress most of which are core requirement by middle to senior managerial staff who works in NHS. This curriculum is also addresses the guidelines for mental health related health and safety initiative by Health and Safety Society (HAS).

Career Management Skills

All staff are research active or engage in professional practice and teach in areas that reflect and incorporate their expertise, and you may get the opportunity to work with staff on research projects with a view to enhancing your CV and employability.

The teaching strategy is directly related to the competences required of a health and occupational settings and so the teaching covers the skills and knowledge needed to engage in health, mental health and occupational health interventions. This is an exciting and developing area where the skills base in the NHS is expanding based on Government white papers in 2000 and 2005 as well as Health and Safety Executives emphasis on mental health in work setting. It also enables existing health professionals to do their job more effectively by giving them skills in patient communication, health behaviours and mental health. Those same skills are useful in other occupational settings. In the past international Psychology graduates who takes this Masters course have increased their chances to gain Chartered Membership of the BPS enabling them to further their career in psychology and to seek Chartered status in various psychology areas in future. Other graduates in this course have gone on to work in the health sector at managerial level or have been able to apply health, mental health and occupational psychology knowledge and methods to educate people and improve patient recovery and health in various contexts.

On graduation you will find that many career opportunities are open to you both inside or outside the health, mental health and occupational sector. To develop your employability you will:

- be invited to seminars by practitioners in the field;
- apply psychological theory to enhance health and well-being;
- have learned to use and apply psychometric tests for selection and occupational development purposes;
- have developed skills on human management in organisational settings;
- have guidance into how to research into patient-practitioner communication;
- be able to use psychological methods to manage stress, pain or terminal illness;
- be able to adapt to the changing nature of medical practice, especially in primary care setting;
- be in a position to develop teaching or training programmes to facilitate health and wellbeing;
- influencing health policy

Career/Further study opportunities

The success of our MSc programme here at the University of Bedfordshire is represented in the successful careers of our previous students. In previous years, a number of students have applied or gained PhDs from number of Universities including University of Bedfordshire. Others have entered jobs that include: university academic researcher (including Cambridge University), Managerial post in an NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT), Care support worker, Health Advisor in Turning point working for Probation services, IAPT post in Primary Care, Well-being Worker, and mental health advisor to the UK health ministry.

Visit the MSc Psychological Approaches to Health & Management page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

To be admitted to the course you are normally required to have - an undergraduate degree and/or experience in health setting.- equivalent qualifications of above from non-European countriesStudents from the European Union and International students:- As a general guide, to apply for a place on the course you need to have met the above requirements and the Universitys English language requirements.

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