University of Cumbria

Degree level: Postgraduate

Environment, Health and Wellbeing (Taught)

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Course summary

Build on your existing academic knowledge and professional experience and gain a critical awareness of issues in Environmental psychology, health and wellbeing. This course allows you to work in a flexible way, studying online at a time and place that suits you. You will be invited to attend residentials in Ambleside, an optional element of your studies that allows you to engage in face to face activities and develop your practice. COURSE OVERVIEW Our innovative programme provides the first step to enable you to pursue a career in fields related to environmental psychology or health and wellbeing. We’ve earned a great reputation nationally for our cutting edge research methods and you'll be taught to use differing and specialist methods, equipping you for future challenges and advancing your career prospects. This pathway brings together both subjective and objective wellbeing by looking at the interaction of mental health and the environment with wellbeing. This course is distance learning, although you can opt to take some modules on our Fusehill campus in Carlisle. At three points during the year, you will be invited to attend optional week-long residentials at our Ambleside campus (Outdoor Spaces Health and Wellbeing; Environmental Psychology; and a dissertation planning week). ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL...

  • Explore and apply psychological literature to current issues, contexts and experiences around issues related to the environment, health and wellbeing.
  • Be taught and given high quality support and guidance by our lecturing team who are active in their research and practice.
  • Learn valuable transferrable skills in PG research, which are highly sought after by employers.
  • Have the opportunity to choose topics and areas that you want to learn more about to tailor your learning experience.
  • Shape your MSc experience to your own interests and career goals, allowing our team to help you to reach your ideal future career.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN On this programme, you will develop your specialist knowledge and understanding of contemporary theory and professional practice in social sciences. During this time, you will explore the influence research, policies, and practice have on your chosen discipline. Although this course is taught primarily through distance learning, you can opt to take some modules on our Fusehill campus in Carlisle. Additionally, at three points during the year you will be invited to attend optional week-long residentials at our Ambleside campus (Outdoor Spaces Health and Wellbeing; Environmental Psychology; and a dissertation planning week). These residentials and face-to-face learning opportunities aim to support your application of theory and social skills within a simulated practice environment. This is also a fantastic opportunity to access on-site facilities, physical resources (such as the library and labs) and meet your tutors. On entry to the MSc, you will be required to complete a learning plan. This plan, completed with the help of your personal tutor will detail the desired target award, choice of negotiated learning topic selected by you, and the core modules that are required to complete the target award. Year one
  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Professional Values and Ethics
  • Negotiated Learning
  • Outdoor Spaces, Health and Wellbeing
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Organisations and the environment
  • Dissertation

Course details

Assessment method

A full range of assessment methods has been selected in order to enhance student learning and to help students to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved all the module learning outcomes, and, overall, the programme aims. Each module’s learning outcomes relate to the module assessment item(s). Students have an opportunity across the programme to self-reflect on their progression and their development. These self-reflections contribute to and are evidenced in assessments through a variety of means. Types and methods of assessment will include group seminars and presentations; essays; a portfolio of evidence (achievement of clinical competences and written evidence); viva, examination; OSCE/practical skills assessments; map of patient/client experience; reflective essay; community health profile; reflective incident recording; poster presentation; dissertation Modules use formative and summative assessment so that students progress through a module in a structured and constructive way and build knowledge for practice in a coherent and logical way. Formative assessments are designed so that feedback on the individual student’s performance is provided prior to the submission of the final, summative assessment – though this does not contribute to the final module mark or the credit awarded. The wordage – or equivalent – for both formative and summative assessments is counted towards the whole module assessment wordage.


Entry requirements

Students should have a 2:2 or above in a relevant undergraduate degree (Psychology or Social Science). Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course, please contact the Enquiry Centre for further details. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for relevant prior learning at the same academic level.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6125 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6125 Year 1
Scotland £6125 Year 1
Wales £6125 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Environment, Health and Wellbeing at University of Cumbria - UCAS