Taught course

Health and Wellbeing

Institution
University of the Highlands and Islands · Science, Health and Engineering
Qualifications
MA

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

  • Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
  • 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; service improvement; 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.
  • Lews Castle College UHI are registering with Embedding Clinincal Informatics in Education (eICE) to deliver CPD Informatics training for staff working in a Clinical setting or students who aim to be working in a Clinical setting within Primary, Secondary or Health and Social care agencies.
    successful candidates will be entitled to affiliate registration with UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP)
  • Students are encouraged to undertake research in relation to their specific interest or in relation to their employment for the dissertation module.
  • Students can complete the university’s Skills and
    Employability Award where by you gain recognition (not academic credit) for a range of activities you takee part in addition to your studies to help you stand out from the crowd and demonstrate the skills you have, prepare for a real interview and impress prospective employers.

PgCert

Core modules are:

  • Policy into practice
  • Individual and social influences on health
  • You will also choose from an option module from the list below in the PgDip option modules

PgDip

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

  • Challenges and Practice Solutions in Remote and Rural Areas
  • Qualitative Inquiry
  • You will also choose 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
  • Introduction to Patient Safety in Integrated Health and Social Care Environment

MA

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

Locations

This course is available online with support from Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the Apply button above which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select our Apply tab to complete the online application.

If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff

2. Choice of campuses - from small, rural and island communities, to the busy towns and cities of the region, our 13 friendly, safe campuses offer something for everyone

3. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

4. Do something different and special - UHI has expertise in a variety of specialist subjects, including: renewable energy; adventure tourism; Gaelic; archaeology; marine science; art and textiles, and more!

5. Flexible learning options mean that you can study part time or full time, online from home or work, or at one of our campuses or local learning centres, and fit your study into your life

Information for international students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. Please see our International pages

English Language Requirements
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650. Masters degree is 6 modules plus dissertation
International students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): International online £852. Masters degree is 6 modules plus dissertation

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
36 months
distance learning
36 - 60 months

Course contact details

Name
UHI Information Line
Email
info@uhi.ac.uk
Phone
0845 272 3600