Taught course

Health and Wellbeing

University of the Highlands and Islands · Science, Health and Engineering

Entry requirements

◾2:1 honours degree, or equivalent OR ◾Postgraduate diploma award or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to an honours degree ◾Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree or below, an ordinary degree or DipHE in a relevant subject, plus relevant professional experience may also be considered. ◾Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) may also be claimed. ◾All students should be in employment and/or engaged in voluntary activities

Completion of the admissions essay at honours level SCQF level 10

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MA Health and Wellbeing is designed to meet the career development needs of health and social care professionals in the UK.

The course will increase your awareness of the social, technological, economic, political and environmental changes taking place within health and social care, whether in the public, private or voluntary sectors, enabling you to take your career to the next stage.

You will study core modules in the development of national and international health and social care policy, the influence of sociology, psychology and ethics on our understanding of health and wellbeing, the issues of health and social care provision in remote and rural areas as well as gaining skills in research methods.

You will study part time through fully-supported online learning, with lectures, tutorials and other materials accessible via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE). You will receive regular support from your tutors and peers via online discussions, telephone and email which ever suits you best.

Special features

  • The course is delivered online which means you can fit your studies around your work and personal committments wherever you are in the world
  • The course content contributes to the development of the core dimensions in the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF): communication; personal and people development; health, safety and security; quality; and equality and diversity
  • You will also have the opportunity to study modules in more specialised areas, such as child and adolescent mental health, diabetes, infomatics in health and social care, and patient safety in health and social care environments.

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part time (structured)
  • Part time (unstructured)
  • We also strongly recommend that you attend a one and a half days face-to-face induction at the UHI Postgraduate Weekend

Where can I study my course?


Core modules are:

  • Policy into practice
  • Individual and social influences on health


If you wish to progress to the MA, the core modules are:

  • Challenges and Practice Solutions in Remote and Rural Areas
  • Qualitative Inquiry
  • One option from the list below.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to continue to Masters level you can study the first core module and two options from the list below.

Option modules include:

  • Advanced Diabetes
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Developing Communities
  • Disability and Society
  • Enabling Self-Management: Developing Practice
  • Enabling Self-Management: Leading Change
  • Ethics in Health and Wellbeing
  • Informatics in Health and Social Care
  • Understanding Contemporary Leadership and Management
  • Introduction to Patient Safety in Integrated Health and Social Care Environment


To achieve the award of MA Health and Wellbeing you must complete a research dissertation

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module Online £520, Rest of UK and EU £650, International £820
International students
In 2016/17 per module Online International £820


  • Tuition fee loans (for full-time and part-time students) and living costs loans (full-time students only) to study up to PgDip level may be available for eligible applicants from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), for more information visit: http://www.saas.gov.uk/forms_and_guides/postgraduate.htm


Qualification and course duration


part time
36 - 60 months
distance learning
36 - 60 months

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600