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Course summary

What is special about this course? 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 local, 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; whichever suits you best. Special features ◾Staff teaching on the programme have won UHI HISA Awards for: -Best Online Tutor (2019) -Best Personal Academic Tutor/Learning Support (2020) -Most Inspiring Lecturer (2022) ◾and been Highly Recommended for: -Best Online Tutor (2020) -Best Personal Academic Tutor/Learning Support (2021) -Best Research/Dissertation Supervisor Highly Recommended (2022) ◾PTES Survey 100% overall satisfaction in 2021 and 2022 ◾The course is delivered online which means you can fit your studies around your work and personal commitments 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; digital health and social care; ehealth; digital health; patient safety in health and social care environments; lean quality improvement methodology ◾You are encouraged to undertake a systematic review or service evaluation in relation to your specific interest or in relation to your employment for the dissertation module ◾Students can complete the university’s Skills and Employability Award and gain recognition (not academic credit) for a range of activities you take 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 How long will my course last? ◾Part-time (structured) (MA): 3 years @ 20-30 hours per week ◾Part-time (unstructured) (MA): 6 years @ 10-15 hours per week Please note that UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland have changed their names to become UHI North, West and Hebrides. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.


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 through successful completion of the admissions essay ◾Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) may also be considered ◾All students should be in employment and/or engaged in voluntary activities


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Health and Wellbeing at University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) - UCAS