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Health and Wellbeing

Master of Science

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Health and Wellbeing

Master of Science

  • Course Type:  Full time (1.5 years)
    Part time (2.5 years)
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Course Overview

Health and wellbeing is a rapidly changing and challenging area both nationally and internationally. This course aims to equip the future senior leaders and strategic thinkers in health and wellbeing with the knowledge, skills and expertise to enable them to take a leading role in responding to these complex issues.

This course offers a full or part-time route to develop understanding, knowledge and expertise across a broad range of health and wellbeing subjects including mental health, weight management, the healthy environment, workplace wellbeing, healthy ageing, and contemporary issues.

The course considers national and international trends and challenges in enabling sustainable population health and wellbeing, alongside developing students' academic and professional skills to support both future career advancement and further research.

Why study with us?

Earn while you learn. The course is delivered through blended learning, involving two weekends per year on campus and the rest via distance and e-learning. So you can keep on working whilst studying.

Contemporary focus on health and wellbeing. Health and wellbeing is a rapidly changing subject. The course is flexible and able to incorporate emerging issues that are at the forefront of practice and research in health and wellbeing nationally and internationally.

Customise your course and become a specialist. We’ve designed the course so you can focus on the particular health and wellbeing issues, or target groups that you are interested in.

Enhance your digital skills. We use a range of e-learning and e-communications technologies that will enhance your skills for the workplace too.

Use your strengths. We give you the option to complete an extended dissertation or a work- based project so you can use your strengths and expertise in health and wellbeing to your best advantage.

Enhance your career prospects. Our graduates have moved into senior or strategic health and wellbeing positions, many of which are as a result of demonstrating advanced understanding of health and wellbeing while studying.

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Course Information

About this course >

Health and wellbeing practitioners work alongside active researchers and experienced lecturers to help you follow your passion for improving the health and wellbeing of others. You will develop the skills and knowledge to understand both the bigger picture in health and wellbeing strategy, policy and intervention planning, as well as focusing on the challenges to maintaining health and wellbeing for marginalised groups.

Inequalities in health and wellbeing persist despite action being taken at multiple levels. You will develop the ability to analyse the complexity of responding to diverse needs, and develop solutions that are grounded in theory, based in evidence and are pragmatic and workable. This will enhance your employment prospects as you will be building your own problem solving expertise within this field.

By the time you graduate, you will be able to apply your expertise and demonstrate that you are able to become a leader in this area going forwards.

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Further Study

Structure >

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.

Compulsory 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.

Optional choices

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'.

Learning and Teaching >

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The ke​y themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.


A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course, giving students the opportunity to draw on their professional experience as well as their academic learning. These include formal written essays, case study reports, physical activity interventions, research proposal, research critique, cost-benefit evaluations, reflective portfolio, online seminars and a major research project (dissertation).

Assessment titles are written to enable students to focus on their areas of specific work interest.

Additional support in the form of online tutorials, and one-to-one support is provided to ensure all students, from all backgrounds, are able to develop the skills needed to successfully complete assessments at Masters level.

Entry Requirements >

A good honours degree in a related subject such as Exercise & Sports Science, Public Health, Health Psychology

Candidates with degrees in non-related subjects will also be considered if they hold employment experience or can demonstrate a committed interest in Health and Wellbeing, as will professionals without a degree.

Students will be expected to complete an application form, a letter of intent, and will be asked to conduct either a telephone interview, where appropriate an interview in person, and if needed, complete a pre-course assessment task where formal academic entry requirements are not met.

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Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

For information about our tuition fees please visit the Student finance page for UK and EU students

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you are eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your MA tuition fees. Find out more​​​

International Students:

Visit the following page for International ​Fees and Funding information. 

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa.​

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Career progression

Previous graduates from the course have gone on to work in a broad range of roles across the health and wellbeing spectrum. Examples include Student Engagement Lead at a major UK University, Head of Pupil Inclusion for a local authority, Service and Strategic Management for a health related charity, public health (health promotion) leadership, setting up a new business/social enterprise, higher education and further education lecturing. The breadth of potential job roles reflects the diversity offered within the MSc programme.

Alumni Stories

​"Leeds Trinity offered distance learning, which meant I could study in my own time. Although I didn’t physically spend much time at Leeds Trinity, I was very well supported by my personal Tutor throughout the degree." - Barbara Dinsdale

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