The course is delivered over two or two and a half years, on a part time basis, using blended learning. A full time study option is also available, delivering the course over one or one and a half years. Both options begin in September and involve attendance at two intensive learning weekends, one at the beginning of each semester (September and January). The rest of the study is completed at home, online, via webinars and with the support of course tutors and peer networks. One-to-one tutor support is available through a range of distance learning technologies and frequent feedback is given on contributions to learning forums.
During the course, students will study six modules, followed by an independently studied MSc dissertation or an alternative Work Based Project. This will include four compulsory modules along with two modules from a choice of four optional modules. The compulsory modules focus on mental health, weight management, context and controversy in health and wellbeing, and researching health and wellbeing. The optional choices include workplace wellbeing, healthy ageing, contemporary issues in health and wellbeing, and the healthy environment. The mix of core and optional modules, along with the ability to customise assessments to match areas of interest, enable the direction of the MSc to be tailored towards students' particular areas of work interest or expertise. Examples of workstrands include 'nutrition and activity', 'lifestages and settings' or 'environment and settings'.
The part time delivery mode enables professionals to continue working either full time, or with a small reduction in hours in order to complete the Masters course. The online learning tasks and distance learning methods enable a diverse range of students to successfully complete the course. #expand#
During the course, you will study six modules, followed by an independently studied MSc dissertation or an alternative work-based project. This will include four compulsory modules along with two modules from a choice of four optional modules.
Mental health and wellbeing in contemporary society: This module critically explores reasons for patterns and trends in mental health, along with strategies and responses to address this growing issue. Your studies will focus on positive mental health, taking account of positive psychology, as well as mental ill health, from a national, European and global viewpoint.
Weight management: social and behavioural aspects: In this module, you'll explore the breadth of social and behavioural factors influencing weight. You will consider the impact of the obesigenic environment, the role of cultural, social and psychological factors in eating and exercise behaviours, and the causes and effects of disordered eating behaviour. You'll also examine and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.
Context and controversy in health and wellbeing: Health and wellbeing can and do mean different things to different people. This modules explores the impact of differing understandings and perspectives on health and wellbeing, within a context of social and health inequalities. You'll unpack some of the key health issues in contemporary society, and critique policy responses to population health and wellbeing management – nationally and internationally.
Researching health and wellbeing: In preparation for your extended research project, this module develops your understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods in relation to research in health. You will explore contemporary debates in research methodology and ethics, and develop the skills to be able to select and use an appropriate method for your extended study.
Workplace wellbeing: The workplace is increasingly being positioned as central to managing the health of the working age population. In this module, you will explore the reasons why the workplace has moved more to centre stage, and will develop the knowledge and skills to be able to create a business case for a workplace wellbeing intervention.
Healthy ageing: By 2020, 50% of the UK population will be aged over 50. Maintaining independence and quality of life will be important objectives not just individually, but also for governments who are facing a crisis in medical and social care costs. This module will explore global ageing, attitudes, policies and practices, questioning whether our ageing population is an economic burden or an under-used resource.
Contemporary issues in health and wellbeing: This module responds to the challenging and emerging nature of health and wellbeing issues, by focusing on the complexity of health and wellbeing needs for diverse, and often marginalised populations. Through guest lectures and drawing on contemporary topics in health and wellbeing, you will explore experiences and responses to health and wellbeing challenges that are outside of the mainstream.
The healthy environment: In this module, you will consider what is meant by the term 'environment' develop your understanding of the role of the social and built environment in contemporary health. The role of culture in nutrition and health related practices will bring a real-life focus to the module, and your own role as an activist for promoting a healthy environment will be brought into focus.
The mix of core and optional modules, along with the ability to customise assessments to match areas of interest, enable the direction of the MSc to be tailored towards students' particular areas of work interest or expertise. Examples of work strands include 'nutrition and activity', 'lifestages and settings' or 'environment and settings'.