MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate Health and Wellbeing

The MSc Health and Wellbeing is designed to be a flexible and responsive course, meeting the learning and development needs of health and social care professionals. This student-centred course has been designed for those working in a range of roles and service contexts and is open to both experienced and newly registered health and social care practitioners.

What will I gain from it?

Knowledge and skills gained could enhance your career potential and directly benefit the organisations that you work for now, and in the future. The course emphasises the need to develop high quality health and wellbeing services for all ages across the health and social care sector. Through critical analysis of theory, research, policy and legislation you will be supported to advance scholarship and practice. A culture of collaboration will be fostered through the provision of opportunities to learn with, from and about others.

You can undertake the course in stages initially working towards a Postgraduate Certificate then a Postgraduate Diploma, before completing your Master's qualification. If you do not wish to complete the full masters, you can choose to step off the course with either a Postgraduate Certificate or Post graduate Diploma, depending on the credits you have accrued.

You can devise your own bespoke route through the course and nominate an award title that reflects your studies e.g. MSc Health and Wellbeing (endorsement nominated by you). You are recommended to commence your studies with the core module Promoting Health and Wellbeing. This module prepares your for your postgraduate journey and introduces concepts related to the enhancement of health and wellbeing for individuals, groups and communities. Within this module you'll be encouraged to reflect upon your career to date identifying your learning and development needs and aspirations. These reflections will inform the plan for your learning journey through the programme.

Having planned your programme of study, if you wish to seek a named endorsement you will be guided to managing the formal process of gaining approval. You will then undertake the modules that form your individual programme of study. You complete the MSc with the core module Research Approaches and Methods. This module will enable you to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of different research approaches and methods, supporting you to plan and undertake your research dissertation. Finally you will undertake your dissertation.

Generic compulsory modules

  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Research Approaches and Methods (to be awarded the MSc, you must undertake the Research Approaches and Methods module in preparation for your dissertation).

Optional modules

  • Advancing Health Assessment and Examination
  • Advancing Knowledge and Skills for Neonatal Care
  • Advancing Practice
  • Cancer Care
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias and 12-lead ECGs
  • Caring for the Acutely Ill Adult
  • Complex Knowledge and Skills for Neonatal Care
  • Contemporary Issues in Acute Care Settings
  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care Law and Ethics
  • Decision Making in Professional Contexts
  • Developing Best Interests Assessor Practice Skills
  • Heart Failure
  • Introductory Knowledge and Skills for Neonatal Care
  • Law and Policy for Best Interests Assessors
  • Leadership: Advancing Innovation, Transforming Healthcare
  • Managing Risk
  • Mentoring and Practice Facilitation
  • Principles of Biological Science for Advancing Practice
  • Psychosocial Assessment and Interventions for Anxiety and Depression
  • Psychosocial Interventions for Severe Mental Health Problems
  • Supporting People with Long Term Conditions
  • Teaching and Assessing in Practice

Where a specific practice and/or work related topic is not available within the range of modules on offer, you can opt to study the topic in a bespoke manner, by undertaking the Negotiated Learning module. This module will provide you with the opportunity to gain academic credit for learning in the work place.

All modules are worth 20 HE level 7 credits (except the research dissertation which is either worth 40 or 60 HE level 7 credits). You are recommended to commence with the Promoting Health and Wellbeing 20 credit module. Upon completion of this module if you wish to undertake the full MSc you will then plan a programme of study to a value of 80 or 100 credits before completing a 20 credit Research Methods and Approaches module in preparation for a 40 or 60 credit Dissertation.

This MSc is designed to expand your career prospects and enable you to meet local and national requirements for continuing professional development. Enhancing your knowledge and understanding could contribute to your career progression and evidence that you are advancing practice according to professional skills frameworks. In addition, the skills you gain could support you to write for professional journals and/or present at conferences, sharing best practice and raising your professional profile.

Your postgraduate qualification could also help you to stand out in an increasingly competitive employment market, supporting you to be able to consider senior, specialist or advanced roles within the health and social care arena, the independent and voluntary sector or education.


The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per moduleUK/EUOverseas






The 2016/17 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per moduleUK/EUOverseas






Non credit bearing



Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. 

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office .

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Essays, case studies, presentations, portfolios, projects and the research dissertation.

UK candidates apply on the standard university application form which you are able to download from this page. For more information, contact:


For further details about the programme, contact the Programme Director, Jeannette Head

Tel: 01634 894433


Fact file


  • 1 year full-time
    3 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • You should normally possess either a relevant degree (normally a degree in a health or social science subject), and/or a professional registration to practise in health and/or social care.
  • Please see the module guide for module pre- requisites and co- requisites.




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